PROGRAMME /// JOUR 1
7 November 2018
 
UNLOCKING SOLAR CAPITAL AFRICA - DAY 1

Welcome Coffee & Registration


Word of welcome


Opening Panel


NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Africa develops solar - fostering African initiated enterprises & projects
Business cases and panel discussion


The solar industry on the African continent is accelerating in a fast pace in the ultimate attempt to meet the energy demand of its population. New qualitative strong projects and enterprises are much anticipated and need to be facilitated with the right support for capacity building and attracting finance.
  • How can the industry foster homegrown solar/ finance projects and enterprises?
  • Can the industry support the development of African invented cutting edge technologies?
  • How to accelerate the competitiveness of these companies and how to support solar initiatives from African soil?
This session will take us on a journey through several business cases and lessons learned. What works and how can the industry improve its approach? Is it possible to be more effective and what message can we take from the examples on stage that can inspire us in our decisions during the coming two days of the Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference and beyond.

NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK

SESSION A

Scaling on-grid developments: an analysis


Financing utility scale solar in Africa:
addressing the elephant in the room

Developing bankable solar projects without concessional finance in Africa, is it feasible?
  • What conditions need to be met on what time path?
  • Blended finance solutions
  • The commercial lender perspective

SESSION B

What's next for equity investment in off-grid solar?


The off-grid solar sector has seen debt finance take center stage in the last year, with several new debt facilities announced and operationalized. At the same time, equity investments have largely been follow-on investments into the first wave of off-grid solar companies, with newer market entrants struggling to find interested equity investors.
  • What will it take to bring in new equity investment to the sector?
  • Is the VC/PE model still applicable and appropriate for the off-grid solar market?
  • What alternatives are there, and what role is there for impact investors to help scale the sector?
NETWORKING COFFFEE BREAK

SESSION A

Breaking the waiting game: making solar projects in Africa bankable


Announcements, articles and news updates about utility scale development in Africa are plentiful and encouraging. At the same time, the lead time between announcement, financial close and construction are slow compared to other continents. Waiting seems to be both a strategy and an insurmountable challenge, leaving the population and its energy demand underserved.
  • How can we end the waiting game and spearhead developments?
  • What is the role of governments and developers in decreasing lead time?
  • How to improve trust and understanding between the parties involved to facilitate a smoother process?

SESSION B

New approaches to blended finance to scale off-grid solar


Access to electricity is a development imperative, and national governments along with development partners are increasingly engaged with off-grid solar technologies as a way to accelerate access faster than through traditional grid extension efforts.
  • How can this interest be translated into smart ways to blend public funds with private investment to provide appropriate financing for off-grid companies?
  • What are the risk appetites and expected returns for different types of actors in the sector, and is it possible to find suitable blends for diverse companies and markets?
PROGRAMME /// JOUR 1
7 November 2018