Quality Roundtable @ All Energy Australia 2018




What: Quality Roundtable at All Energy Australia

When: October 3, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where: All Energy Australia, Expo Floor Theatre 2

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The first pv magazine Quality Roundtable Australia event will be held at the 2018 All Energy trade show and conference in Melbourne, October 3.

The event will include four elements:

  1. A panel discussion of a real-world, anonymised case of poor quality in rooftop arrays
  2. An analyst presentation about quality and installation trends in the Australian rooftop market
  3. A second panel discussion of a real-world case of poor quality in utility-scale PV projects
  4. Summary of the event and final discussion.

Jonathan Gifford, Managing Editor at pv magazine global and the founding editor of pv magazine Australia will be the MC for the event.

Please help bring the discussion of quality in solar components and installation to the forefront at the first Australian pv magazine Quality Roundtable!

A call out for poor quality

Do you know of an underperforming PV array? Experienced problems with damaged or rapidly degrading modules? Faulty cabling? Or inverters that are throttling production? pv magazine wants to hear from you! At the first Quality Roundtable at All Energy Australia on October 3, we will be investigating and discussing cases of substandard solar in components, installation and design – to ascertain what went wrong, and how it can be avoided in the future.

Please contact gifford(at)pv-magazine.com with your tip off and the pv magazine Australia team will investigate.

Quality counts. Be a part of the solution.



Invited experts


Durmus Yildiz
Managing Director
BayWa r.e. Solar Systems Pty Ltd

Durmus Yildiz worked as a solar installer for several years in Germany before moving to Australia in late 2000. Since then he has been at the forefront of Australia’s solar industry, working for Solar Sales before eventually starting his own company, Solarmatrix in 2007. Solarmatrix merged into the BayWa r.e. group in late 2016 and now trades under BayWa r.e. Solar Systems Pty Ltd. Durmus attributes the exceptional growth and success that the company has seen over the past two years to his highly experienced team and high-quality, reputable product portfolio.

Marty Rogers
VP of Global Asset Management and Support

As Vice President of Global Asset Management and Services at NEXTracker, Martin (“Marty”) Rogers oversees worldwide service and support for the rapidly growing company, and oversees the NX Nashville, Tennessee regional office.  



Ryan Desharnais
Head of Section, Engineering
DNV GL Energy Labs

Mr. Desharnais is an established PV professional focused on performance & reliability engineering. Since March 2016, he has worked in roles of increasing responsibility at DNV GL Energy Labs where he now heads a team of solar PV engineering experts.
Prior to starting at DNV GL, Mr. Desharnais was the Director of Technical Operations at Amplify Energy/Yingli Solar’s US-based PV Testing Laboratory. He holds an Engineering Degree from Northeastern University.


George Touloupas
Director, Technology and Quality 
Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

George Touloupas is the Director of Technology and Quality at the solar PV quality assurance, supply chain management and engineering services firm Clean Energy Associates. At CEA he leads projects centered on developing CEA’s internal quality standards, researching new production technologies, and developing new services. George has an extensive background in PV manufacturing, as well as downstream experience, working among others, prior to joining CEA, as the Chief Operating & Technical Officer at Philadelphia Solar in Jordan and Technical & Operations Director at Recom.


Geoff Bragg
Director of the Smart Energy Council &
NSW Chairman of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Geoff Bragg has lived with off-grid solar since the mid-90’s and has been active in the industry since 2001. Working with a PV retailer in regional NSW, he is accredited for both on and off-grid design and installation. Geoff is NSW Chairman of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and a director of the Smart Energy Council.


Warwick Johnston
Founder and Managing Director

Warwick Johnston is the founder and managing director of SunWiz, a solar energy consultancy firm, founded in 2009. SunWiz delivers a range of highly valuable intelligence and consulting services to solar industry delegates, government and the broader business community.

Warwick is at the forefront of innovation in solar, having worked on some of Australia’s largest and most innovative solar installations, and has received awards for his contribution to the PhotoVoltaic industry.

He is a Board Director of the Clean Energy Council, the Australian representative to the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Program, and a long-standing member of the Distributed Energy Leadership Forum.

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