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Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa


25-26 October 2017
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa


25-26 October 2017
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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

Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa 2017, Solarplaza’s 9th event on the continent, brought together hundreds of representatives from development banks, investment funds, solar developers, IPPs, EPCs & other solar stakeholders.

2017 Edition
ORGANIZING PARTNERS
Key characteristics
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300+ 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, Abidjan

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Facts & Figures 2017


Facts & Figures 2017


Facts & Figures - Solar Energy in Africa 2017


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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, an increasing amount of renewable energy related commitments by governments in the region, and the lack of reliable energy infrastructure are just some of the factors that are sparking growing interest from local businesses and international stakeholders alike.

The purpose of this complimentary report is to provide an overview of the key facts and figures related to some of the most prominently developing solar markets on the continent, serving as well as a prelude to the Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa conference Solarplaza will be organizing together with GOGLA, on 25 and 26 October 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

In 92 pages, this complimentary whitepaper provides an overview and valuable outline of the energy landscape in the following African solar markets:

Northern Africa:

Algeria
Morocco

  

Eastern Africa:

Ethiopia
Kenya
Uganda
Rwanda
Tanzania

Western Africa:

Senegal
Ghana
Nigeria
Cameroon

 

Southern Africa:


Zambia
Namibia
South Africa

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Webinars


Webinars


Past Webinar /// Commercial capital investments in African solar PV projects

Thursday 5 October /// 16:00-17:00 CEST

  • Perspectives of international and local commercial banks on solar PV

  • Experiences from previous projects

  • What returns are expected from solar PV projects

  • Key considerations for investing in solar PV projects in Africa

CHARLES AYENU /// REGIONAL COORDINATOR - CEADIR WEST AFRICA
Charles Sena Ayenu, a native of Togo, has over 20 years of experience in Banking and has worked as Financial Credit Risk Management and Relationship Manager at Citicorp and recently as Senior Vice President at SunTrust Bank in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
In 2014, he relocated to Accra, Ghana to establish and lead Home Energy Africa, Ltd. (HEA) a renewable energy company developing projects primarily in West Africa (www.homeenergyafrica.com). HEA’s first undertaking is a 100MW solar PV plant located in Sankana, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The project development phase has been completed and financial close is expected in late 2017, which will be followed by a construction phase in 2018. As the President/CEO of Home Energy Africa, Charles manages the day-to-day operations and business development activities of the company.
CHARLES AYENU
REGIONAL COORDINATOR /// CEADIR WEST AFRICA
JAN MALAN /// PRINCIPAL TRANSACTOR - NEDBANK CIB
Jan Malan is a Principal Transactor in the Energy Finance team of Nedbank CIB. Jan has been involved with the structuring and successful financing of numerous utility scale energy projects in Africa, including a number of 75MW solar PV projects as part of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Program. Prior to Nedbank, Jan was a Senior Investment Officer in the Private Sector unit of the African Development Bank, focussed on project finance across energy, infrastructure and natural resources. Jan started his career in engineering with the Worley Parsons group, and holds Master’s degrees in Engineering and Business Administration.
JAN MALAN
PRINCIPAL TRANSACTOR - NEDBANK CIB

Other Past Webinar Recordings

In preparation for Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa, we hosted in-depth webinars, focused on currency risks surrounding African RE projects, framing the Solar Bankability Issue in Africa and market development trends in the African solar PV Off-Grid Sector.

July 2017 /// Africa’s solar challenge - linking finance to untapped solar potential

October 2016 /// Market Development Trends in the African solar PV Off-Grid Sector

September 2016 /// How to Manage Currency Risks for RE Projects in Africa

July 2016 /// Framing the Solar Bankability Issue in Africa

The full recordings and slides of our previous webinars are accessible and freely available on our website.

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Program OUTLINE


Program OUTLINE


PROGRAM OVERVIEW - DAY 1
Plenary Opening - Shining light on solar in Africa
Opportunities for growth
Enabling conditions
Future scenarios
Panel: Investing for growth
Separation into two tracks: Generation (On-grid solar PV, C&I) and Connections (Off-grid solar PV, Energy Access)

Session A: Generation
• From concept to bankable project
• From bankable project to realized project
• When solar hits the grid...

Session B: Connections
• Business models to meet diverse customer needs and characteristics
• Innovative financing models for scaling energy access
• Electricity access beyond households
• Commercial and Concessional - The role of governments, development banks and donor agencies in catalysing finance for off-grid solutions

Closing Plenary Session
PROGRAM OVERVIEW - DAY 2
Separation into two tracks: Generation (On-grid solar PV, C&I) and Connections (Off-grid solar PV, Energy Access)

Session A: Generation
• Commercial & Industrial: Business case
• Solar Incubator - Co-organized with Phanes Group PV
• Panel: Navigating between risks and opportunities for multi MW projects

Session B: Connections
• GOGLA Off-Grid Solar Investment Academies (supported by RECP)
• Spotlight on starting up and scaling up: what makes partnerships work?
• Company-investor-public sector partnership showcase

Closing Plenary Session
Matchmaking - Supported by RECP

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Speakers


Speakers


KATE STEEL /// ENERGY DIRECTOR - POWER AFRICA
Dr. Kate Steel joined Power Africa in late 2014, where she leads the Energy Office in providing technical and policy expertise to create the right enabling environment for private sector investment in Africa. Before coming to AID, she focused on renewable energy and energy access investments in Africa and South Asia at Google. Dr. Steel began her post-academic career at the World Bank, having been selected to the Young Professionals Program. As a manager of Lighting Africa, she helped grow the program from pilots in Kenya and Ghana to a global program with activities across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Early in her career, Dr. Steel consulted on energy access projects in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. She received a PhD in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MS in Engineering-Development Technologies from University of Melbourne, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
KATE STEEL
ENERGY DIRECTOR - POWER AFRICA
OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA /// DIRECTOR FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP
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 FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY /// AFDB
LAURA SUNDBLAD /// PROGRAM ADVISER - GOGLA
Laura serves as the Program Adviser for GOGLA’s ‘Facilitating Access to Finance’ program. The objective of the program is to help increase investments in the sector that will allow it to scale up and accelerate the development of the off-grid market, leading to more people benefiting from clean, sustainable and economically viable off-grid lighting and electrification. Prior to joining GOGLA, Laura worked at Arc Finance, where she oversaw staff training and consumer education efforts related to consumer financing for energy products and services, and led Arc Finance’s conferences and workshops on innovations in financing off-grid clean energy. Laura holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University.
LAURA SUNDBLAD
PROGRAM ADVISER - GOGLA
EMMANUELLE MATZ /// HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION - PROPARCO
Emmanuelle Matz, has developed an extensive experience in structured financing for more than 25 years. She started her professional life developing a tax lease department at Crédit Lyonnais dedicated to the financing of energy efficiency and waste to energy programs in France. Through different positions in the French banking group and then, with Barclays Capital, she structured and led many multisourcing financing transactions in emergent countries.
For the last 10 years, Emmanuelle has been expanding Proparco’ debt & equity’s investments in the energy & infrastructure sectors, mainly in Latin America/Asia. Among all, she financed the first solar plant in Latin America, for T Solar, in Peru in 2011 and have supported since then the expansion of renewable energy projects (Solar, wind, hydro & biomass) in Central America, the Andean countries and those last years in Africa. Since 2012, she’s leading a team of 20 experts in energy & infrastructure project financing with the aim of developing solutions contributing to limit the impacts of Climate Change. This creative & dedicated team has supported the implementation of the largest African Renewable IPPs through tailor made solutions and has successfully arranged in 2016 the financing of the first private solar plants built in Western Africa.
Convinced that power should be available to all, at an affordable price, she supports both on-grid & off-grid solutions promoted by innovative sponsors, thanks to the digital and solar revolutions surrounding Africa.
EMMANUELLE MATZ
HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION - PROPARCO
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 260 MW project portfolio in Nigeria as well as in several other sub-Saharan markets.
With 17 years in asset management 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
KOFFI KLOUSSEH /// DIRECTOR OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - AFRICA50
Koffi Klousseh was named Director of Project Development for Africa50 on May 1, 2017.
A citizen of Togo, Mr. Klousseh is a recognized expert in infrastructure development, with a solid track record in structuring and financing private, and public-private projects in Africa and other emerging markets.
Before joining Africa50, Klousseh served as Regional Lead for the World Bank Group’s Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund (“IFC InfraVentures”), where he contributed to creating and executing a pipeline of early stage transactions in the conventional and renewable power sectors. He was also a Principal Investment Officer in the Africa Infrastructure Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), leading a team of professionals in executing transactions in the power, water, and transport sectors across East Africa.
Prior to joining IFC in 2010, Klousseh held several positions in the financial services industry, including Vice President at Helios Investment Partners, a London-based private equity firm. Klousseh holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Finance from George Washington University.
KOFFI KLOUSSEH
DIRECTOR OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - AFRICA50
JOSEPH NGANGA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
A short bio will follow soon...
JOSEPH NGANGA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
ALY-KHAN JAMAL /// PARTNER - DALBERG
Aly-Khan is a Partner in Dalberg’s London office, where he focuses on work in the practice areas of Inclusive Growth, Agriculture and Food Security, and Mobile and ICT for Development. In particular, he has worked with FMCG, consumer goods, telecoms, media, and technology firms on their emerging and frontier market strategies.
In addition to strategy consulting, Aly-Khan also draws on extensive transaction advisory experience across the full activity chain, having worked on over 40 transactions and with most of the largest private equity firms in the world as well as several emerging-markets focused funds. As a result of this combination, Aly-Khan works closely with D. Capital Partners, which is also based in London.
Aly-Khan started his career at OC & C Strategy Consultants in London and Paris. He holds a Bachelors in Arts from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Masters in Economics from McGill University.
ALY-KHAN JAMAL
PARTNER - DALBERG
SAMUEL CHASIA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA - GUARANTCO
Samuel Chasia has over 17 years of investment banking and investment management experience and is an expert in the debt capital markets, project finance, asset backed securitization, credit investing, structuring and fundamental investment analysis.
Mr. Chasia has extensive experience in both the United States and in Africa having worked for leading local and international firms. In Kenya Mr. Chasia worked for NIC Capital, a leading Investment Bank where he was an Associate Director in charge of Structured Products and Project Finance. In the US Mr. Chasia worked for Highland Financial Holdings, a credit hedge fund, as a senior credit analyst and head of credit surveillance and risk management. Before Highland he worked at Fortis Investments, as Director of Asset Backed Securities (ABS) credit. Prior to joining Fortis he was an Assistant Portfolio Manager at GMAC Institutional Advisors (“GIA”). Mr. Chasia started his finance career at Goldman Sachs in the Real Estate Investment Banking Division.
Mr. Chasia earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon where he graduated with cum laude honors.
SAMUEL CHASIA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA - GUARANTCO

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Solar Incubator


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SOLAR INCUBATOR

Phanes Group and Solarplaza are pleased to announce an exciting new initiative for solar PV project development in sub-Saharan Africa: The Phanes Group Solar Incubator 2017, organized in partnership with Hogan Lovells, responsAbility and Proparco.

  • Get your PV project funded and drive it to financial close;

  • Connect with key industry players and receive mentorship from them;

  • Give back to the local community and make a difference.

Submission deadline has past, winners will be announced in the conference.

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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


ORGANIZING PARTNERS
DIAMOND SPONSORS
GOLD SPONSORS
NETWORKING SPONSOR
EXHIBITION SPONSORS
BRANDING SPONSOR
 
SUPPORTING PARTNERS
CONTENT PARTNER
 
OFFICIAL NEWSWIRE
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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Venue


Venue


Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abidjan Airport

The venue for Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa will be the Radisson Blu Hotel, Abidjan Airport. Located only 500 meters from the city’s airport, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Abidjan Airport is the perfect accomodation for business and networking.
Port Bouet Airport is easily accesible via the hotel’s airport shuttles.

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Track Record


Track Record


SOLARPLAZA EVENT TRACK RECORD

As a professional solar event organizer, Solarplaza has hosted over over 90 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 (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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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza

"Empowering professionals in solar business development by building the most valuable solar PV network"

  • ESTABLISHED IN 2004

  • 90+ EVENTS

  • 30+ COUNTRIES

    FROM CHILE TO CHINA

  • 50.000 + 

    PV PROFESSIONALS IN OUR NETWORK

Contact us

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

PROJECT MANAGER

Adriaan van Loon
+31 10 3027915
adriaan@solarplaza.com

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

PROJECT MANAGER

Lydia van Os
+31 10 2809198
lydia@solarplaza.com

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


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.