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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

350+ 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, will bring together hundreds of representatives from development banks, investment funds, solar developers, IPPs, EPCs & other solar stakeholders.

ORGANIZING PARTNERS
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, Abidjan

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Webinars


Webinars


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

Tuesday 11 July /// 16:00-17:00 CEST (RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)

  • In-depth discussion on current finance solutions for Africa’s solar projects

  • Exploring options to accelerate the current slow pace of on-grid development in Africa

  • Innovative finance instruments and business models that align with market demand

CHARLOTTE AUBIN-KALAIDJIAN /// FOUNDER & CEO - GREENWISH PARTNERS
Charlotte Aubin has 20 years of experience in environmental and infrastructure investment and financial asset management, including 8 years dedicated to international and Sub-Saharan Africa renewable energy. She is founder and CEO of GreenWish, a pioneer of renewable energy development and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2014, GreenWish successfully raised $270 million equity, set-up of a team of 24 members with offices in France, Ireland, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria and completed the development, financing and commissioning of the first solar Independent Power Producer in West Africa, the 20 MW Senergy 2 solar PV project. GreenWish today has over 300 MW of projects in advanced development and a pipeline of projects of 1 GW. Charlotte is former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she she built the French and Swiss activities up to a multi-billion dollar asset level and developed a vast experience in project structuring and management, business strategy, team management as well as capital raising across different asset classes like infrastructure, private equity, cleantech, venture capital, agroforestry and real estate. She is committed to Women empowerment and Climate change. She is Board Member of Women in Africa Initiative and jury member of the Africa Energy Generation Prize.
CHARLOTTE AUBIN-KALAIDJIAN
FOUNDER & CEO /// GREENWISH PARTNERS
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

Webinar Recordings

WEBINAR 1 /// Framing the Solar Bankability Issue in Africa

WEBINAR 2 /// How to Manage Currency Risks for RE Projects in Africa

WEBINAR 3 /// Market Development Trends in the African solar PV Off-Grid Sector

In preparation for Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa, we hosted three 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.

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

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Program OUTLINE


Program OUTLINE


PROGRAM OVERVIEW - DAY 1
Registrations
Session 1
Plenary Opening
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Separation into two tracks: Generation (on-grid solar) and Connections (off-grid solar)

Session 2A: Generation
Innovative Financing Solutions for Utility and Mini-Grid

Session 2B: Connections
Off-grid overview of the region (Sub Saharan Africa)

NETWORKING LUNCH

Session 3A: Generation
Enabling policies panel

Session 3B: Connections
Investment trends in the off-grid solar sector in East and West Africa

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Session 4A: Generation
Interconnecting the grid between countries
Grid stability

Session 4B: Connections
Commercial and Concessional - The role of development banks and donor agencies in catalysing commercial finance for off-grid solutions
How to handle Real, Perceived and Emerging Risks

NETWORKING DRINKS
NETWORKING DINNER
PROGRAM OVERVIEW - DAY 2
Registrations
Welcome address
Separation into two tracks: Generation (on-grid solar) and Connections (off-grid solar)

Session 5A: Generation
Practical examples of Innovative business models

Session 5B: Connections
Pitch session: start-up enterprises and start-up funders

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Session 6A: Generation
C&I business case

Session 6B: Connections
How to get more (local) businesses + seed financing

NETWORKING LUNCH

Session 7A: Generation
Finance & risk management

Session 7B: Connections
Catalysing local capital across the financing spectrum

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Session 8: Networking / Matchmaking
Pre-organized meetings and match-making sessions aimed at connecting projects with capital

NETWORKING DRINKS

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2016 Edition


1 & 2 November 2016 /// Nairobi, Kenya

2016 Edition


1 & 2 November 2016 /// Nairobi, Kenya

 
 
 

The first edition of the Unlocking Solar Capital series took place on November 1-2, 2016, in Nairobi to gather key stakeholders and discuss some of the most important themes in the solar electrification sector in Africa. Organized by Solarplaza and GOGLA, the conference gathered over 350 on-grid, minigrid and off-grid solar industry representatives, investors, development finance institutions, and other stakeholders – providing a platform to share experiences, network and form partnerships.

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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


ORGANIZING PARTNERS
DIAMOND SPONSOR
GOLD SPONSORS
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

Kasper Bout
+31 10 3027912
kasper@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.