UNLOCKING SOLAR CAPITAL AFRICA - DAY 2

09:00 - Registration and welcome coffee

SESSION 5A | ON-GRID



09:30 - Business case: Success factors for developing a utility scale PV Power Plant
- Bankability issues and solutions
- Financing large scale projects
- Securing a bankable PPA



09:50 - Panel Discussion
Risk assessment and mitigation strategies for grid-connected PV projects

- Understanding risks; (Currency risk, off-takers risk, insurance, political risk, legal risk, oversupply and grid adequacy)
- Strategies and services available to mitigate risk
- Lessons learned in EU and other mature solar markets with an impact for Africa

PER VAN SWAAY
SENIOR VP /// TCX
AART MULDER
MANAGER ENERGY /// FMO

SESSION 5B | MINI-GRID



09:30 - Minigrid Risk Management
- Standardization and Quality Assurance
- Dealing & managing with higher risks: Currency risk, difficult due diligence, multiple off-takers
- Impact of grid arrival / grid extension on the value of the asset


09:50 - Panel Discussion
Financing Issues for Minigrid Projects

- Towards the expectations of investors and banks: What is needed to get involved?
- The lack of aggregated, standardized information, inhibiting the financing process - solution?
- Improving the risk profile, bundling / aggregating assets for financing

SAM SLAUGHTER
CEO /// POWERGEN RENEWABLE ENERGY
ARTHUR HONORE
PROGRAMME OFFICER /// AFD

SESSION 5C | OFF-GRID
INNOVATIVE FINANCING FOR THE PAY-AS-YOU-GO/DESCO SECTOR AND THE ROLE OF STRUCTURED FINANCE

09:30 - Current trends and recent innovative transactions addressing the capital requirements of the PAYG/DESCO sector, taking a closer look at:
- Off-balance-sheet Special Purpose Vehicles
- Asset/Receivables Backed Securitization


09:50 - Panel Discussion
An insider’s view of two structured finance deals in the off-grid sector

- How to take customer receivables off PAYG balance sheets?
- How can the deployment of structured finance instruments be strengthened and increased by a common framework for risk analysis and performance assessment of DESCOs?

DAVID BATTLEY
DIRECTOR OF STRUCTURED FINANCE /// SUNFUNDER
BILL LENIHAN
CFO /// OFF GRID ELECTRIC
LYNDSAY HANDLER
CEO /// FENIX INTERNATIONAL
MANSOOR HAMAYUN
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// BBOXX
10:45 - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 6A | ON-GRID




11:15 - Short Project Pitches












11:45 - Panel Discussion
Achieving the lowest LCOE for PV projects

- How and when to access low-cost capital for PV projects in Africa?
- Types of financing available and their strengths and weaknesses (early-stage development facilities, concessionary financing models, blended financing etc.)
- Looking forward; what types of stakeholders will become market leaders?

PAUL RITTERSMA
CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER /// VOLTIQ
ERIC KALEJA
VP ENERGY AFRICA / ASIA /// DEG
JOSEPH NGANGA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /// RESPONSABILITY

SESSION 6B | MINI-GRID




11:15 - Minigrid Business Case
- Available financing instruments
- Discussing the different operator models and their specifics
- Lessons learned in the field







11:25 - Panel Discussion
C&I Minigrid Solutions

- Reducing diesel reliance: the Role of PV & is Storage Competitive?
- Importance of the ABC model for community and industrial purposes
- Hybrid technology integration

MARK HANKINS
CEO & FOUNDER /// AFRICAN SOLAR DESIGNS

SESSION 6C | OFF-GRID
FROM MANUFACTURING TO THE END CONSUMER – HOW TO MEET THE WORKING CAPITAL NEEDS OF THE OFF-GRID SOLAR SECTOR?

11:15 - Capital requirements and barriers to access across the supply and distribution chain in the off-grid solar sector
- Importance of funding inventories
- Efficient financing solutions for distributors
- Deploying specialized working capital facilities for the off-grid sector

AUDREY DESIDERATO
CO-FOUNDER & COO /// SUNFUNDER


11:25 - Panel Discussion
What are the working capital needs for off-grid solar companies at different stages of their development? How are those needs being met?

- Which instruments have the most potential to unlock working capital for off-grid solar manufacturers and distributors?

ALEXANDER BASHIAN
INVESTMENT OFFICER /// RESPONSABILITY INVESTMENTS AG
RADHIKA THAKKAR
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// GREENLIGHT PLANET
AUDREY DESIDERATO
CO-FOUNDER & COO /// SUNFUNDER

SESSION 7

12:30 - Plenary Closing Panel
What’s next? Looking forward to 2030

- Summarize & Wrap Up
- Bridging the gap from off-grid to on-grid: A holistic approach of the solar sector
- What will the future African energy sector look like?

13:00 - NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
14:00 - COUNTRY SPECIFIC SESSIONS CO-LOCATED WITH COFFEE BREAK
(In-depth session on key African solar markets)

SESSION 8 - MATCHMAKING

15:00 - Matchmaking
In cooperation with Solarplaza, SolarPower Europe is organising a structured information and matchmaking session that will bring together businesses and financiers. Supported by RECP, this matchmaking will promote African solar markets and bring together the European and African solar industry with financiers and other key market participants.
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