The program for the Australian Clean Energy Summit saw two full days of sessions with the highest calibre of speakers from the clean energy industry.

Conference program by day

Tuesday 18 July    /     Wednesday 19 July

Day one

  • Reducing resource & product uncertainty
    Session sponsor: DNV GL

    With 2017 on track to be a record-breaking year for solar projects in Australia, maintaining industry confidence in plant and component performance is paramount.

    DNV GL runs a unique Product Qualification Program, submitting PV modules, inverters and batteries to accelerated life testing, and will present the most recent and complete publicly available comparison of its PV module reliability results at the breakfast seminar.

    The seminar will also cover DNV GL’s current research on the consistency and reliability of solar resource data in Australia, and the COO of GreenPowerMonitor will give a presentation on maximising asset outcomes through SCADA-based monitoring of solar plants based on experience monitoring over 2000 projects.

    Please register and join our breakfast meeting on 18 July from 07.30 till 09.00am. Participants who have not registered for the conference are welcome to attend the breakfast.


    • Jackson Moore, Head of Section, Solar – Asia Pacific, DNV GL
    • Chris Smith, Solar Energy Consultant, DNV GL
    • Humberto Roca, COO, GreenPowerMonitor
  • Renewable energy in business: Why corporate Australia is lagging behind their global peers (and why they should care)?

    Please register for this free session here.

    The Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Clean Energy Council are hosting this free business breakfast presenting new research on renewable energy use among Australia's biggest businesses.

    This research examines the adoption of renewable energy by major Australian companies and makes recommendations about how (and why) corporate leaders should make the switch.

    We also asked Australian consumers what they think about renewable energy and whether they are willing to spend more to support clean energy.

    This free event will feature a panel discussion on why corporate Australia are lagging behind the world's leading companies, whether they are out of step with their customers and how we can help them make the change to a cleaner energy future.


    Kane Thornton - Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council
    Ivor Frischknecht - Chief Executive Officer, ARENA
    Nada Kalam - Electrical Engineer/Consultant, Telstra

  • Policies that will shape Australia’s future

    Keynote presentations from the politicians shaping the future of clean energy policy in Australia.

    Rachel Watson, Pacific Hydro


    • Bill Shorten, Australian Labor Party
    • Richard Di Natale, The Australian Greens
    • Hon. Don Harwin MLC, NSW Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities
    • Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
  • Embracing long-term structural change in the Australian energy sector

    This not to be missed panel session will bring together thought leaders to discuss the rapid changes underway in the Australian energy sector and the big issues facing clean energy today and into the future.

    Kane Thornton, Clean Energy Council


    • Andy Vesey, AGL
    • Wu Gang, Goldwind
    • Jérôme Pécresse, GE Renewable Energy
    • Frank Calabria, Origin
    • Michelle Groves, Australian Energy Regulator
  • Join us for an address from Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce.

  • Financing the clean energy boom
    Session sponsor: Clean Energy Finance Corporation

    This session will explore the evolution and innovation underway to finance the billion-dollar investments necessary to transform Australia’s energy sector. It will cover what is happening in Australian and international financial markets, what this means for project developers, debt and equity providers and how this will change deal structures and project financing arrangements.

    Tony Holland
    , PwC


    • Michael Thorpe, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
    • Ian Learmonth, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
    • Alexandra Campbell, Avoca Capital Advisors
  • Regulation for a smart, affordable and secure energy system

    This session will explore the status and outlook of smart regulation to support the deployment of clean energy solutions. How is regulation keeping pace with this change and what reform is necessary to ensure Australia has a secure, affordable and clean power system?

    Steve Davy, Hydro Tasmania


    • John Pierce, AEMC
    • Paul Italiano, TransGrid
    • Chloe Munro
    • Clare Savage, Business Council of Australia
  • In this session, come meet global solar inustry entrepreneur Dan Shugar, CEO of NEXTracker, and a panel of subject matter experts to discuss the renewable energy landscape, the burgeoning distributed generation segment and how integrated storage and solar technologies offer viable solutions for the thriving energy market in Australia.


    • Dan Shugar, CEO NEXTracker
    • Pete Wheale, VP Sales, Australia, NEXTracker
    • Ralph Fallant, Director of business Development, NEXTracker
    • Wilf Johnston, FLEX
  • Global trends in innovation and the energy sector
    Session sponsor: ARENA

    The clean energy sector is at the forefront of innovation in Australia. What are the future business models, technology developments and global trends and how will they impact the Australian energy sector?

    Dirk Zimmerling
    , Vestas


    • Alex Wonhas, AURECON
    • Jemma Green, Power Ledger
    • Ivor Frischknecht, ARENA
    • Lara Olsen, Tesla
  • Developments and future outlook for clean energy

    What is the outlook for different technologies, their cost drivers and direction and what part will they play in Australia’s future energy mix? This session will analyse the latest developments and future outlook for the clean energy market, including how changes in the market will affect clean energy projects in the future.

    Megan Wheatley,


    • Patrick Suckling, Ambassador for the Environment
    • Kobad Bhavnagri, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
    • Mark Williamson, Clean Energy Regulator