UNLOCKING SOLAR CAPITAL AFRICA - DAY 1

08:00 - Registration and welcome coffee



08:45 - Word of welcome

SESSION 1 - AFRICA IN THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

09:00 - Plenary Keynote
Going Further, Faster - Together

RACHEL KYTE
CEO /// SE4All

09:15 - Plenary Keynote
Investment Trends in the African Solar PV Market

VICTORIA CUMING
HEAD OF POLICY /// BNEF

09:35 - Plenary Opening Panel
Market opportunities and Bankability Issues in Africa: Setting the Stage

- Energy Roadmap and outlook for Africa
- What are the Drivers of the Market Underneath the Trend Lines
- Outlook and strategies for LCOE levels
- Future Gamechangers with Impact

MODERATOR
CHRISTOPHER MARKS
SR ADVISOR /// AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
ELUMA OBIBUAKU
VICE PRESIDENT POWER /// AFC
10:15 - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 2A | ON-GRID


11:15 - Status of the on-grid Marketspace in Africa
- Mapping opportunities, SWOTS of different markets
- Overview of and outlook PV costs
- PPA prices, significant projects realized/in progress
- FITs and tenders announced



11:35 - Panel Discussion
Love me tender? Deconstructing the tender model and assessing its value in Africa

- Keys to developing and executing a successful tender process
- Catalyzing the growth of PV through large-scale tender schemes and available support mechanisms
- Local content requirements and competitivity
- Regulatory, business and development implications
- Assessing the sustainability of competitive bidding prices

ARNAUD BRAUD
INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE SPECIALIST /// WORLD BANK
ROMAIN DESROUSSEAUX
DEPUTY CEO /// NEOEN
GULNARA ABDULLINA
GENERAL MANAGER AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST /// JINKO SOLAR

SESSION 2B | MINI-GRID


11:15 - Status of the minigrid marketspace in Africa
- Insights into the current market position of minigrids in Africa
- Overview of the Region
- Market trends and their impact




11:35 - Panel Discussion
Evaluating the Business Case for Minigrids

- Where, when and why is a mini-grid the better solution than an on-grid connection or single solar home systems?
- Towards a Commercial Business Model: minigrids as an asset class, Getting to Economies of Scale
- Leveling the Playing Field Through Regulation: the Role of Subsidies (stay or go?)

RIK WUTS
CO-FOUNDER & VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// POWERHIVE
MUREFU BARASA
MANAGING PARTNER /// EED ADVISORY
KWAME PARKER
EXECUTIVE /// CFC STANBIC

SESSION 2C | OFF-GRID
UNLOCKING MAINSTREAM CAPITAL FOR THE OFF-GRID SOLAR SECTOR

11:15 - The role of development finance institutions
- Debt guarantees, credit enhancements or first loss capital for local banks
- Debt facilities backed by multilateral institutions
- Blended finance structures with high risk and low return expectations



11:35 - Panel Discussion
What is the path to expanded commercial finance for the sector, including significant lending from local banks?

- How can debt be made more accessible and affordable in a sector with a short track record?

THOMAS DUVEAU
HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// MOBISOL
12:30 - NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK

SESSION 3A | ON-GRID



14:00 - Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Business Case / Overview
- Bankability issues
- Financing large scale projects
- Securing a bankable PPA











14:20 - Panel Discussion
C&I Focused Discussion

- Asset/portfolio valuation for the secondary market
- Who do you see becoming involved, how is the industry developing?

MARC NORMAN
LAWYER /// CHADBOURNE & PARKE LLP
MATTHEW TILLEARD
MANAGING PARTNER /// CROSSBOUNDARY
JEREMY CRANE
CEO /// YELLOW DOOR

SESSION 3B | MINI-GRID



14:00 - Panel Discussion
Unlocking Capital for Minigrids

- Bridging the funding gap: Obtaining early stage capital for minigrid projects
- Using public funds to mobilise commercial capital
- Innovative financing mechanisms

EMMA MILLER
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR /// SHELL FOUNDATION
JACKSON MUTONGA
PROJECT ADVISOR MINIGRIDS /// GIZ


14:45 - Company Spotlight
(African) solar start-ups get the chance to present their companies to the audience

SESSION 3C | OFF-GRID
BUILDING A PIPELINE OF FUNDABLE COMPANIES IN THE OFF-GRID SOLAR SECTOR ACROSS THE CONTINENT

14:00 - Company pitches
Building future success stories: Four African solar start-ups pitch their companies to the audience and to an investor panel












14:30 - Panel Discussion
Spreading success: How can we move beyond a few big winners to increase the number of deals taking place and ensure that funding is available across the continent?

- How to ensure local companies and entrepreneurs are part of the game?
- How to address the mismatch in ticket size on offer and that demanded by companies?
- How to spur innovation through grant funding, challenge funds, prizes and business competitions?

LAWRENCE RIUNGU
PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// ACUMEN
MICHAEL GERA
MANAGING PARTNER & CO-FOUNDER /// ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES
15:15 - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

15:45 - Round Table Sessions
More information on the round table sessions will follow soon.

16:45 - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 4

17:15 - Closing of the day

17:30 - Closing Networking Drinks


18:30 - Networking Dinner
For participants specifically registered for the dinner