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Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa


7-8 November 2018
Kigali, Rwanda

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Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa


7-8 November 2018
Kigali, Rwanda

350+ decision makers gather to engage in extensive discussions to solve Africa’s solar energy funding gap - and get projects realized

ORGANIZING PARTNER

Africa is quickly becoming one of the most significant regions in the global expansion of the solar PV industry. The high levels of solar irradiation, extreme (and growing) energy demand with 600 million Africans not yet served by up-to-date electricity solutions and an increasing amount of renewable energy related commitments by governments in the region are just some of the factors that are sparking growing interest from local businesses and international stakeholders alike.

Unlocking Solar Capital Africa 2018 will bring together hundreds of representatives from development banks, investment funds, solar developers, IPPs, EPCs & other stakeholders. 350+ decision makers will gather to engage in extensive discussions to solve Africa’s solar energy funding gap - and get projects realized.

UPDATED FACTS & FIGURES - SOLAR ENERGY AFRICA 2018

'Facts & Figures: Solar Energy in Africa' is a 128-page (complimentary) regional report, featuring detailed profiles and analysis on the most prolific African solar markets: Morocco, Algeria, Tunesia, Egypt, Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa.

 
Key characteristics
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350+ senior finance and project development executives

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In-depth discussions over separate tracks for on-grid and off-grid/mini-grid solar financing and development

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Guaranteed matchmaking through our customized software, interactive networking breaks and many hours of dedicated networking time

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Taking place in one of Africa's key hotspots, Kigali, Rwanda.

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Program


Program


PROGRAM OVERVIEW - DAY 1

Welcome Coffee & Registration
Word of welcome
Opening Panel
Africa develops solar - fostering African initiated enterprises & projects Business cases and panel discussion

Separation into two tracks

Session A:
• Scaling on-grid developments: an analysis
• Financing utility scale solar in Africa:
addressing the elephant in the room
• Breaking the waiting game:
making solar projects in Africa bankable

Session B:
• What's next for equity investment in off-grid solar?
• New approaches to blended finance to scale off-grid solar

PROGRAM OVERVIEW - DAY 2

Welcome Coffee & Registration
Word of welcome
Topical sessions
• Mini-grids - financial structuring and risk mitigation
• European utilities coming on stage - changing the dynamics of the industry
• Cutting edge tech-innovation and influence on ROI
• When companies turn to solar - C&I and its productive use

Separation into two tracks

Session A:
• Solar incubator

Session B:
• Pursuing profitability in low-income contexts


The solar future Africa: explore what is next for Africa’s solar industry
Closing keynote
Closing remarks
Matchmaking
Tomorrow’s Rural Home, powered by BBOXX

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Speakers


Speakers


MARTIN HAUPTS /// CEO - PHANES GROUP
Martin Haupts founded Phanes Group in 2012, giving the firm a distinct renewable energy and emerging market focus. He has orchestrated the company's transition from an advisory-focused firm to an integrated solar developer and investment manager with a transaction volume exceeding USD 250 million.

He has led key deals for Phanes Group, including the largest distributed PV solar project in the Middle East, the largest PV solar project in the Caribbean, and secured a 227.5 MW project portfolio in Nigeria as well as in numerous other sub-Saharan markets.

With 17 years in Investment Banking and infrastructure finance, Martin has a wealth of experience in structuring and in-depth expertise in the cleantech industry and Islamic Finance.

He was the Head of Asset Management for the UAE-based Gulf Merchant Bank, and established Dubai-based Themar Partners that was later merged into Phanes Group. Prior to this he worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management in London and Zurich as a Global COO Products and Solutions.

Martin holds an MBA from INSEAD, France/Singapore, and a Masters in Corporate Law from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
MARTIN HAUPTS
CEO /// PHANES GROUP
WELDON TURNER /// DIRECTOR, COO & CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER - GIGAWATT GLOBAL
Weldon Turner was formerly the Director of International Equity Sales/Trading at Credit Suisse in New York, and has been a senior product manager at RCS Solar, a leading supplier of solar power plants in Europe and Africa. From 1994 to 1999, and from 1985 to 1992 he was a V.P. of Equity Sales/Trading at Salomon Brothers in New York. Turner has been on the Board of Advisors of Thorium Power Company and Portofino Equity Advisors. He has extensive experience in growing new companies; he managed GoldNames from 1999-2000, a domain name internet company, from inception to an organization with over 50 employees. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from Union College, NY, received his JD law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and his LLM from Thomas Jefferson Law School.
WELDON TURNER
DIRECTOR, COO & CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER - GIGAWATT GLOBAL
MARINA PANNEKEET /// MANAGER ENERGY, SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICA - FMO
Marina Pannekeet is Manager Energy at FMO responsible for a team of professionals dedicated to investment in the energy sector in Africa, with a focus on countries in the East and Southern African region.

Marina obtained a university degree in Business Economics at the Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Before joining FMO, she worked in the maritime industry for almost 15 years where she fulfilled positions as (transport) economic, financial advisor and project manager.
Since joining FMO in 2005, Marina has been involved in various energy projects amongst others in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa. In addition, she worked on various off grid related transactions with the latest being SIMA and SunFunder, two debt funds active in the off grid sector in the east African region.

Her professional interests focus on structuring debt and mezzanine transactions and managing a team of specialists. As such, she is involved in strategic projects related to providing access to energy and avoiding greenhouse gasses, in line with FMO’s mandate as a development bank.
MARINA PANNEKEET
MANAGER ENERGY, SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICA - FMO
PER VAN SWAAY /// SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - TCX
Per van Swaay joined TCX in 2010 and is responsible for TCX business development in Africa. Prior to TCX, Per worked in African project finance at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank. Before moving into development finance, Per worked as a corporate lawyer in the Netherlands and the US. TCX is a special purpose fund to hedge the currency and interest rate mismatch that is created in cross-border investments between international investors and local borrowers in frontier and less liquid emerging markets.
PER VAN SWAAY
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - TCX
KARIM ASALI /// TECHNICAL DIRECTOR EUROPE & AFRICA - FIRST SOLAR
Karim Asali began his career in the renewable energy sector in 1987 focusing on CSP plants in the United States. He later joined ABB where he spent ten years in oil and gas and power plants design. Since 2000, Karim shifted his focus to develop PV business at companies such as Kyocera, Sharp and First Solar.

He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and an MBA from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
KARIM ASALI
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR EUROPE & AFRICA - FIRST SOLAR
OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA /// DIRECTOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFDB
Nakoulima, a Senegalese, holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Business School, USA and Master degrees in Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines in Paris. He brings along more than 15 years of experience in energy, climate change, international banking and financial sector development. Nakoulima has been the Director at the Green Climate Fund in Korea since 2014, with global responsibility for partnerships, country strategies and project preparation support. He was responsible for managing relationships with 140 countries, advising them on how to develop low carbon and climate resilient programs, while managing substantial financial resources for technical assistance and project development. As member of the senior management team of the Green Climate Fund, he was instrumental in the successful launch of the Fund, which has mobilized significant resources for renewable energy projects globally. Before joining the Green Climate Fund, he worked at BNP PARIBAS from 2009 to 2014 in Paris and then in Senegal. As Deputy CEO of the local subsidiary, he positioned the Bank as lead advisor of the Government of Senegal in energy and infrastructure. He proposed innovative schemes to finance the overhaul of the electricity sector and coordinated the financing of a major airport project. He oversaw the mobile banking business to develop the concept for low-income banking and established new business lines including factoring, leasing and commodity finance. Nakoulima had earlier on worked at the African Development Bank as Senior Investment Officer between 2002 and 2009, having joined the Bank as a Young Professional. During that time, he developed projects in fifteen countries in power, water, sanitation and infrastructure and led teams in high impact transactions, including a corporate loan to Eskom, the power utility of South Africa, a private hydropower project in Madagascar and the Bank’s first Public-Private advisory activity for a hydropower program in West Africa.
OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA
DIRECTOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFDB
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Webinar


Webinar


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Upcoming Webinar: Expanding the off-grid market: Opportunities for Growth

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 /// 2pm CEST


The pay as you go (PAYG) business model is proving to be an effective approach in delivering electricity access through distributed solar, and the sector has gained significant investment interest and activity. Still, there is considerable untapped opportunity for growth across Sub-Saharan Africa, with various drivers impacting market growth.

DAN SHEPHERD /// PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS OFFICER, INFRASTRUCTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES DEPT, SUB-SAHARAN REGION - IFC
Dan Shepherd leads IFC’s energy and water advisory work in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Current work includes energy access (including solar lanterns, solar home systems and mini-grids), resource efficiency and captive power solutions (across various sectors) and large grid-tied renewable energy (solar, hydro, etc.). Prior to that, he led IFC’s advisory services work related to Sustainable Energy Finance (SEF) in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Dan has master’s degrees in Environmental Studies and in International and Development Economics from Yale University.
DAN SHEPHERD
PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS OFFICER, INFRASTRUCTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES DEPT - IFC
ED DAY /// ENGAGEMENT MANAGER - VIVID ECONOMICS
Ed leads Vivid’s Growth and Development practice group. Current assignments include developing a market attractiveness index for PAYG energy markets with the IFC, mobilising investment for off-grid solar in Bangladesh, research with DFID on the impacts of higher temperatures on labour productivity, and supporting the Government of Ethiopia to develop a Sustainable Development Goals Needs Assessment Ed holds an MSc in Economics from University College London.
ED DAY
ENGAGEMENT MANAGER - VIVID ECONOMICS
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Venue


Venue


The third edition of Unlocking Solar Capital Africa will take place in:
Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali

The venue for Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa will be the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali. The spacious Kigali Convention Centre is located 5 kilometers from the bustling city center and the Kigali International Airport (KGL). Business delegates are within a few kilometers of government and corporate offices, and leisure travelers will delight in nearby local landmarks and attractions. 

Accomodation

We have arranged a special lower price for accommodation at Radisson Blu (160 USD incl. breakfast and all taxes). Book your room here.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali

Kimihurura Roundabout
Kigali, Rwanda

Tel: +250 252 252 252
More Information: www.radissonblu.com

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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


OGRANIZING PARTNER
 
DIAMOND SPONSORS
GOLD SPONSORS
 
NETWORKING SPONSORS
EXHIBITION SPONSORS
SUPPORTING PARTNERS
CONTENT PARTNER
 
MEDIAPARTNERS
SPONSOR & PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The international 2-day event will involve 350+ high-level decision makers from around the world.

Several opportunities are available to build and promote your brand to a diverse, yet focused group of high level international and local stakeholders including investors, financiers, project developers, EPC’s IPP’s and manufacturers.

Options include:

  • Tailor-made branding and networking focused packages

  • Facilitation of 1-on-1 meetings with key stakeholders

  • Visibility through both on and offline international marketing campaign

  • Possibility to have speaking involvement through presentation or panel discussion

  • Possibility to host or moderate a round-table discussion or lunch table during conference

  • Unparalleled access to unique networking opportunities with a targeted group

 

CONTACT

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Laura Fortes
+31 10 3027911
laura@solarplaza.com

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Track Record


Track Record


SOLARPLAZA EVENT TRACK RECORD

As a professional solar event organizer, Solarplaza has hosted over over 100 events in 30+ countries around the world, ranging from exploratory trade missions in emerging markets to large-scale conferences with 450+ participants.

We've successfully organized market-focused conferences in countries around the world, including events in emerging markets like Senegal, South Africa, Mexico, Panama, India and Thailand. Apart from that, we've also hosted many in-depth topic-focused events. These have ranged from events diving into financing for developing countries, conferences on crowdfunding for renewables and specific financing structures like yieldcos; to technical events on operations & maintenance and asset management.

Solarplaza has organized multiple events on and about the African continent, among which:

  • The Solar Future Nigeria (Abuja, Nigeria)

  • Desert to Power Mission Sahel (Niger, Senegal, Mali)

  • Unlocking Solar Capital Africa (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire)

  • The Solar Future Nigeria (Lagos, Nigeria)

  • Unlocking Solar Capital Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)

  • Solar Finance Solutions Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) 

  • Solar/Diesel Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) 

  • Competitive Solar Solutions West Africa (Dakar, Senegal)

“Amidst the sea of renewable energy conferences, this one stood out. Well-organized, well-attended by decision makers. Glad I attended.” - Co-Founder /// Gigawatt Global

“A landmark event signaling the tipping point of the breakthrough of solar in developing countries.” - Co-Founder /// WakaWaka

“Effectively bridged emerging markets developers with western sources of finance.” - Managing Director /// nv vogt Singapore

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Latest Content


Latest Content


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Registration


Registration


Registration

Early Bird
until 28 Sep 2018
Regular
until 8 Nov 2018
2-Day Conference Ticket€745.00€845.00
Networking Dinner€60.00€60.00
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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza

"To positively impact the world by accelerating the sustainable energy transition"

  • ESTABLISHED IN 2004

  • 100+ EVENTS

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    FROM CHILE TO CHINA

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    PV PROFESSIONALS IN OUR NETWORK

Contact us

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

PROJECT MANAGER

Lydia van Os
+31 10 3027908
lydia@solarplaza.com

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For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Laura Fortes
+31 10 3027911
laura@solarplaza.com

For inquiries on media partnerships and marketing opportunities, reach out to:

MARKETEER

Irene Rodríquez Martín
+31 10 3027912
irene@solarplaza.com

 
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About GOGLA


About GOGLA


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About GOGLA

"We are the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association; an independent, not-for-profit industry association. We represent eighty plus members as the voice of the off-grid solar energy industry and promote the solutions they offer. We were founded in 2012, borne out of the IFC/World Bank’s Lighting Global program."

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Why do what we do?

Around 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity; about one in six people on earth. Off-grid energy appliances and services can address this issue, particularly across developing and emerging countries.

GOGLA was created to accelerate access to modern energy, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 7. We strive to be the voice of the fast growing sector, representing over eighty companies and organizations within the solar lighting and home electrification industry.

The products and solutions that GOGLA members promote are affordable. They transform lives by improving health and education, creating jobs and income opportunities and helping consumers save money.

How are we doing it?

GOGLA’s objective is to help the industry grow quickly but sustainably. We're focusing our efforts on three core barriers to growth of the sector. Here’s an outline of our current global sector supporting programs:

  • ‘Mobilizing investment’. Access to finance is a key barrier to market growth. We focus on generating market intelligence and on facilitating dialogue between industry and investors, among others, through targeted events.
  • ‘Creating an enabling environment’. This involves advocacy work with national governments and major influencers, helping to shape policy. Part of this includes demonstrating the economic, environmental and social impact of access to clean, modern energy.
  • ‘Quality assurance and consumer protection’. We want to ensure that consumers get good and reliable products and services for their money. We’re seeing a trend in low-quality and ‘copycat’ products coming to the market. When such products fail they damage consumer confidence in the technology, so we’re working on consumer protection and on promoting globally harmonized minimum quality standards. We also seek to ensure products can be serviced, and are handled responsibly, both environmentally and socially, from production to the end of their life.