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Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

The 4 Things You Need to Know When Designing a Comprehensive O&M Budget for Commercial, Industrial, and Small-Utility Projects

Tuesday, September 25
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 205AB

This session will explore how to create practical operations and maintenance (O&M) budgets to ensure a realistic return on investment and lower risks throughout the life of an installation. Panelists will focus on C&I and small-utility scale systems between 500 kW and 10 MW, addressing questions on the most effective types of guarantees to include in an O&M services agreement, past/future pricing trends, and how to efficiently manage data.

Amanda R. Bybee

Chief Executive Officer
Amicus O&M Cooperative

Ms. Bybee has worked in the solar industry since 2003. Her entrée was promoting renewable energy policy in Austin, TX at Public Citizen, where she served as the coordinator of the Solar Austin Campaign. The campaign worked closely with Austin Energy to establish the first solar rebate program in Texas in 2004. Ms. Bybee then went on to work at Meridian Energy Systems, a solar EPC company.

Ms. Bybee joined Namasté Solar in January 2006 as an early member of the team. She held numerous roles over her 11 years there, from technical sales & design to business development. While there, she worked to obtain a federal charter for a unique financial institution that funds clean energy products and services: Clean Energy Credit Union ( This was only the 17th federal charter issued since 2010, and the first in the state of Colorado for over 30 years. She continues to serve as a volunteer on the Supervisory Committee of the credit union.

In 2016, she helped earn an award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to found the Amicus O&M Cooperative ( The O&M Cooperative brings together a network of providers across the country to provide coordinated services for geographically distributed portfolios. She now serves as its CEO, and is committed to the mission “to ensure that solar PV fulfills its promise as a responsible and reliable energy source, for generations to come.” She obtained a BA in English and French from the University of Texas at Austin, and through solar, has found her “inner engineer.”


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Steven J. Hanawalt

Executive Vice President
Power Factors, LLC

Mr. Hanawalt has worked in the IPP industry since its birth. Steve joined Calpine in 1999 to develop its Plant Optimization business unit where he was responsible for optimizing the thermal performance of 25 GW of combined cycle power plants. In 2007 Steve joined SunPower Corporation as Global Vice President of O&M and was responsible for managing the world’s largest PV power fleet. Steve and two other industry veterans started Power Factors LLC in 2012 which provides monitoring services to over 24 GW of clean energy assets around the world. Steve received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982 with a specialization in energy conversion.


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David Henry, Ph.D.

General Manager
Namaste Solar

David is a Co-Owner and the General Manager at Colorado based Namaste Solar. Over the course of his 10-years at Namaste Solar David has helped to grow the Commercial EPC Services division of the company, served on the Board of Directors, and has been an staunch advocate for the continued development and adoption of renewable energy. Prior to recently accepting the position of General Manager for the company, David had been focused on growing the O&M Services division as the company pursues a rapidly expanding portfolio that includes ever increasing system sizes in varied geographical locations. David also serves on the Board of Directors for the Amicus O&M Cooperative, a newly formed cooperative dedicated to supporting the ongoing training of technicians as well as providing reliable, quality O&M services coverage in disperse geographical regions via its 20-plus members.


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Stefanie Padgett, BSEE

Vice President, Asset Management
Nautilus Solar

Stefanie brings to Nautilus a 14-year track record of success in O&M and sales of power products and services. She was most recently the Senior Sales Manager at First Solar, where she led both First Solar internal O&M sales for third party customers. Prior to that, she led a global sales team for GE, and at ABB, she was responsible for utility accounts.

Stefanie’s ability to maximize asset performance will position Nautilus to drive deeper into both the asset management and O&M business on a national level. Nautilus’s goal is to expand both its services and geographic reach to meet the needs of the evolving market,.

The division takes an integrated approach to managing solar photovoltaic projects, bringing construction, operations and maintenance and financial asset management services together under one roof. By bringing these often discrete services together, Nautilus is able to increase productivity, efficiency and profitability of its customers’ portfolios. The company offers third-party asset management support – through comprehensive packages or customized groupings of select services – to commercial and industrial project owners, utilities, and financial investors and stakeholders.

Nautilus is in a unique position to capitalize on the synergies between asset management and O&M product offerings. The team has successfully demonstrated its leadership in solar asset management capabilities over the last decade.

Stefanie has spent the majority of her career supporting Utilities, IPPs, Municipalities and Investors within the Power Generation Segment. Her dedication to customers and her ability to demonstrate the value-add of products and services to their organization is what distinquishes Stefanie as a leader in the industry.

Stefanie holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas. She is married with three children and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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Rue Philips

Chief Executive Officer
365-Pronto LLC


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