Utility-Scale Solar Power Plant Fundamentals

October 26-27, 2020


Monday, October 26, 2020 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In 

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Overview and Introductions

Solar Building Blocks

Power Plant Design & Engineering Component Evaluation/Specification/Optimization

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break


Independent (Owner’s) Engineer Role and Functions

This presentation will address the elements of an independent (owner’s) engineer’s role and the related concept of commissioning and how they should be executed:

Cost Estimating and EPC Considerations

5:15 p.m. :: Program Adjourns for Day

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In 

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  :: Program Content

(includes breaks)

Energy Modeling Elements

Financial Modeling Elements

Procurement Considerations

Risk Assessment, Risk Allocation, and Performance Guarantees

Thinking with the End in Mind: Linking PV Plant Design Considerations to O&M

This segment explores linkages between key decisions made during the initial design phase and their impact on life cycle operations and maintenance (O&M) costs to better inform “thinking with the end in mind.”

12:30 p.m. :: Course Adjourns


Matt Brinkman, Solar Business Unit and Regional Practice Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Matthew Brinkman is the Solar Business Unit and Regional Practice Manager at Burns & McDonnell.  In that capacity, he supports the company’s solar project managers and technical teams.  His team has worked on some of the largest and most lauded solar projects in the nation, including serving as the Owner’s Engineer on the largest solar thermal plant in the world (392 MW Ivanpah) and the largest solar PV project in the United States (580 MW Solar Star).   Mr Brinkman started his career at Burns & McDonnell in 1994 as a civil engineering co-op while attending North Dakota State University. In 2004, he permanently transferred to Phoenix, Arizona, and moved into a project manager role. In 2006, he was asked to start the Energy Global Practice in the Phoenix office, which has grown to the largest Energy presence in all Burns & McDonnell regional offices.  In 2008, he set up the solar business unit.  In 2013, Mr. Brinkman was named a member of Burns & McDonnell’s Principal Group, a senior-level leadership group within the company.  Among the industry recognitions he has received is an appointment by Governor Janet Brewer to serve on the Arizona governor’s Solar Advisory Task Force. 

Torrey Graf, Senior Electrical Engineer – Solar Group, Burns & McDonnell

Torrey Graf is a senior electrical engineer in the Solar Group at Burns & McDonnell. responsibilities include providing electrical design, value engineering analysis, construction monitoring, commissioning/performance field engineer and energy production modeling for energy, government, municipal, and various other projects. Mr. Graf has developed an understanding of solar inverters for the PV market – both for established and emergent technologies – as well as a deep expertise in the operation of PV power generation and their systems.

Josiah Daniel, Vice President, Insurance Risk Partners

Josiah Daniel is vice president of Insurance Risk Partners, based in Oklahoma City.  The firm provides risk consulting and insurance brokerage services to utilities, IPPs, developers, OEMs, contractors, lenders, and tax equity investors around the world.  Mr. Daniel has extensive experience supporting clients and their counsel in drafting and negotiating risk-related provisions in EPC, BOP, power purchase, interconnection, O&M, MSA, and finance agreements.  Prior to entering the insurance business a decade ago, he was an attorney with Chesapeake Energy Corporation focusing on regulatory risks impacting aspects of the company’s operations.  Mr. Daniel has been published in The Oil & Gas Financial Journal and The RMA Journal on timely insurance and financing issues facing the energy industry. 

Lynsey Tibbs, Solar Operations Project Manager, Southern Power Company

Lynsey Tibbs is solar operations project manager at Southern Power Company in Birmingham, AL.  In that capacity, she is responsible for managing more than 400MW of installed solar.  Her 14 years’ experience as an energy sector engineer has deeply versed Ms Tibbs in project and contractor management, having overseen $200M of solar installations.  Besides her role in solar project implementation, she also has served the company as a solar operations project engineer and forecast analyst.


We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.