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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

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The 3rd edition of Unlocking Solar Capital Africa will move back to the east and will take place on the 7th and 8th of November 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. 

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.

 
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.

2017 Edition

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.

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Webinar


Webinar


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Past Webinar: Eliminating Currency Risks in the African Off-Grid Solar Sector

Tuesday 19 June 2018 (RECORDINGS AVAILABLE NOW)

Currency risk is a major issue to consider  for investors, lenders and businesses active in the off-grid solar industry in Africa. In this webinar, SunFunder, TCX/MFX and BBOXX will offer their views on viability and availability of local currency funding solutions for the sector

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
AVI JACOBSON /// GLOBAL INVESTMENT OFFICER - SUNFUNDER
Avi is a Senior Investment Officer at SunFunder. He is responsible for managing relationships with SunFunder’s clients and optimizing their debt structure. He develops and sustains lending relationships with leading renewable energy providers serving customers with limited access to a functioning electric grid. Prior to joining SunFunder, he was the Director of Market Analysis at Lumos Global, a solar home system provider. Avi is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a veteran of the US Air Force.
AVI JACOBSON
GLOBAL INVESTMENT OFFICER - SUNFUNDER
GRETA TALBOT-JONES /// INVESTMENT ANALYST - BBOXX
Greta is an Investment Analyst at BBOXX. Over the past two years at BBOXX she has been integral to the closure of numerous local currency debt deals in the Rwandan and Kenyan markets enabling the company to realise consistent portfolio growth. She liaises closely with operations and engineering teams on a day-to-day basis to create financial forecasts, analyse debt opportunities and investigate new expansion propositions.

Prior to BBOXX Greta worked as a strategy consultant in the technology and energy sectors. She holds a Natural Resources Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand
GRETA TALBOT-JONES
INVESTMENT ANALYST - BBOXX
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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

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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 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
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
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
JOSHUA ROMISHER /// CFO - FENIX INTERNATIONAL
Joshua serves as Chief Financial Officer of Fenix International, an innovative solar energy company providing clean, renewable energy and other life changing products to customers across Africa. He joins Fenix after a career spanning from Wall St to Silicon Valley as well as India & Africa. Previously, he served as Director of Structured Products at Credit Suisse Securities, Vice President of Corporate Finance at Off Grid Electric and Co-Founded two businesses in the banking & retail sectors. Joshua has played a critical role in the development of the Solar Home System industry by closing innovative debt, equity, joint venture & structured transactions with various types of investors across the USA, Europe & Africa. Joshua attended Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served as a Graduate Fellow for the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and obtained the distinction of Chartered Financial Analyst.
JOSHUA ROMISHER
CFO - FENIX INTERNATIONAL
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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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


DIAMOND SPONSOR
 
GOLD SPONSORS
NETWORKING SPONSORS
EXHIBITION SPONSOR
 
OGRANIZING PARTNER
 
SUPPORTING PARTNERS
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

Very Early Bird
until 31 Aug 2018
Early Bird
until 28 Sep 2018
Regular
until 8 Nov 2018
2-Day Conference Ticket€695.00€745.00€845.00
Networking Dinner€60.00€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

  • 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 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.