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GSC Webinar: Latin America Outlook for PV. Investment Opportunities for Solar Energy in post COVID-19 scenarios

July 9, 2020 @ 3:30 pm 5:30 pm

Date & timing:

9 July 2020
8.30am-10.30am (Colombia and México)
9.30am-11.30am (Chile)
10.30 am-12.30pm (Argentina and Brasilia)
3.30pm-5.30pm CEST


“Build back better” is fast becoming a hashtag-friendly mantra for the need to seize the opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the suffering and tragedy it has inflicted, and put in place policies and actions to boost sustainable development and create new investment opportunities.

The Global Solar Council (GSC), in collaboration with Energía Estratégica, will provide an in-depth analysis of the outlook for PV energy in Latin America in post COVID-19 scenarios. In this webinar, we’ll explore:

Solar energy investment opportunities in Latin America: attractive markets, promotion policies and new mechanisms
Public auctions: emblematic projects and prices
Bilateral contracts: common features and trending business schemes


15:30 Introduction & moderation – Gianni Chianetta, Chairman, Global Solar Council
15.35 Gastón Fenés, Energía Estratégica
15.40 Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia, Chief Executive Officer of the Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association (ABSOLAR)
15.55 Marcelo Álvarez, President of the Solar Photovoltaic Committee at the Argentine Chamber of Renewable Energies
16.10 Paola Hartung, Vice President of the Chilean Association of Renewable Energies and Storage: ACERA
16.25 Héctor Olea, President of the Mexican Solar Energy Association: ASOLMEX
16.40 Ramiro Arellano Price, Chairman of the Board of the Renewable Energy Association: SER Colombia
16:55 Roundtable
17:15 Q&A
17:30 Closing

Note: the webinar will be conducted in English.


Dr. Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia

Chief Executive Officer of the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association: ABSOLAR

Co-founder and CEO at the Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association (ABSOLAR), the national association representing companies and professionals from all segments of the solar PV value chain with operations in Brazil. Co-founder and member of the board of directors at the Global Solar Council (GSC), the global entity unifying and representing the solar power sector at the international level.

Has a Ph.D. with honours in Engineering and Materials Technology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), with international collaboration at the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (Fraunhofer ISE, Germany), M.Sc. with honours in Renewable Energy from the EUREC Master Program, with international collaboration at the ETH Zürich (Switzerland), and B.Sc. with honours in Chemistry from the University of São Paulo (Brazil).

Marcelo Alvarez

President, Camara Argentina de Energia Renovable (CADER)

Marcelo Alvarez (1965, Argentine) Have been working on solar energy for 37 years. He has academic and professional experience. He has been working as scientific researcher in Buenos Aires University, Argentine and Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has also job positions as regional manager for several top PV companies as Solarex, BP Solar & Total Energie – Tenesol (Total Group). Nowadays is an independent renewable energy consultant & President of Distributed Solar PV at Argentinean chamber of Renewable Energy (CADER) and Secretary of board of Directors of IRESUD (private and public consortium to develop solar pv technology in urban areas in Argentina &  Board Secretary at Global solar Council. Also member of Advisory Commite of National Ministery of Science &Technology

Paola Hartung

Vice President of ACERA

Paola Hartung is a Civil Electrical Engineer and Master in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. She is currently Regulatory Affairs Director of AES Gener for Chile and Colombia, as well as a member of ACERA’s Board of Directors since 2015 and recently elected as Vice President of the Association.
Previously, she was Regulatory Manager for Enel Generación Chile, Regulatory Manager for Enel Green Power Chile, Peru and Colombia, and Deputy Manager of Transmission and Connections for generation assets in the Andean region. She worked three years at CDEC-SING as Advisor to the Executive Directorate, Head of the Technical and Regulatory Management Area, and as Secretary of the Board of Directors.
She began her professional career in the Electrical Department of the National Energy Commission of the Ministry of Energy, where she remained for four years.
Paola also completed three years of Teaching at the School of Electrical Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

Héctor Olea

President of the Mexican Solar Energy Association: ASOLMEX

With more than 25 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energy in the country. Since 2004, Hector Olea is President and CEO of Gauss, a business development firm specialized in the energy sector. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Olea acted as Chairman of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). Since 2014, he is President of the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar (Asolmex). He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the National Citi-Banamex Economics Award.

Ramiro Arellano Price

President of the Renewable Energy Association: SER Colombia

Ramiro Arellano Price is an industrial engineer from Universidad de los Andes with two specializations, one from the Faculty of Arts of the same university and the second in Regulation of Electric Power and Gas from Universidad Externado de Colombia. With 22 years of experience, he has worked in the financial sector, both public and private, dedicating the last 10 years to the electricity sector in entities such as Derivex, SMART Comercializadora de Energía and the Mining and Energy Planning Unit – UPME.

For nearly 3 years, he has been part of the board of dirctors and recently appointed Chirman of the Board at the Renewable Energy Association of Colombia: SER Colombia.

As a member of the board of directors, he contributed to the development of the Colombian regulation for the incorporation of renewable energies and the Long-term Energy Contracts Auction awarded in 2019. Ramiro is, as well, the Head of Commercial Office of ENEL GREEN POWER in Colombia enabling the development of Wind and Solar Photovoltaic plants by closing long-term bilateral contracts. He was part of the work team that participated in the Reliability Charge and Long-Term Energy Contract Auctions.