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Commercial capital investments in African solar PV projects

Thursday 5 October /// 16:00-17:00 CEST

  • Perspectives of international and local commercial banks on solar PV

  • Experiences from previous projects

  • What returns are expected from solar PV projects

  • Key considerations for investing in solar PV projects in Africa

 
CHARLES AYENU /// REGIONAL COORDINATOR - CEADIR WEST AFRICA
Charles Sena Ayenu, a native of Togo, has over 20 years of experience in Banking and has worked as Financial Credit Risk Management and Relationship Manager at Citicorp and recently as Senior Vice President at SunTrust Bank in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
In 2014, he relocated to Accra, Ghana to establish and lead Home Energy Africa, Ltd. (HEA) a renewable energy company developing projects primarily in West Africa (www.homeenergyafrica.com). HEA’s first undertaking is a 100MW solar PV plant located in Sankana, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The project development phase has been completed and financial close is expected in late 2017, which will be followed by a construction phase in 2018. As the President/CEO of Home Energy Africa, Charles manages the day-to-day operations and business development activities of the company.
CHARLES AYENU
REGIONAL COORDINATOR /// CEADIR WEST AFRICA
JAN MALAN /// PRINCIPAL TRANSACTOR - NEDBANK CIB
Jan Malan is a Principal Transactor in the Energy Finance team of Nedbank CIB. Jan has been involved with the structuring and successful financing of numerous utility scale energy projects in Africa, including a number of 75MW solar PV projects as part of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Program. Prior to Nedbank, Jan was a Senior Investment Officer in the Private Sector unit of the African Development Bank, focussed on project finance across energy, infrastructure and natural resources. Jan started his career in engineering with the Worley Parsons group, and holds Master’s degrees in Engineering and Business Administration.
JAN MALAN
PRINCIPAL TRANSACTOR - NEDBANK CIB

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

Tue, July 11, 2016 /// 16:00-17:00 CEST

  • 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

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

Thu, Oct 20, 2016 /// 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CEST

Electrifying rural Africa via traditional interconnection to the main electricity grid is a costly affair, and often not viable for remote communities. Over the past years, off-grid alternatives have emerged in the form of minigrids and solar home systems , which are now truly getting traction. The pay-as-you-go model for financing solar home systems has attracted investor attention due to its huge potential in making access to energy more affordable, and minigrids are seen by many DFI's as the upcoming solution to electrify remote villages, communities and businesses. 

ITAMAR ORLANDI
HEAD OF APPLIED RESEARCH /// BNEF
LAURA SUNDBLAD
PROGRAM ADVISER /// GOGLA
ELIZA HOGAN
CEO /// LUMETER
SAM SLAUGHTER
CEO /// POWERGEN RENEWABLE ENERGY

How to Manage Currency Risks for RE Projects in Africa

Tue, Sep 20, 2016 /// 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CEST

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Framing the Solar Bankability Issue in Africa

14 July 2016 /// 5-6 pm CET


In preparation for Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa, we've hosted a new webinar, focused on currency risks surrounding African RE projects.

1. A macro overview of foreign exchange (FX) volatility.
Practical evidence and key drivers of foreign exchange volatility

2. Currency risk in the energy sector
For on-grid projects, who bears the risk? For off-grid plants, how should developers and lenders manage FX risks?

3. Solutions and constraints of sources of local currency (LCY) 
How to source local currency flows & how to hedge off-shore flows

4. Q&A


In preparation of the Unlocking Solar capital: Africa event, Solarplaza is pleased to invite you to watch the full recordings of our recent webinar.

Framing the Solar Bankability Issue in Africa

  • Keys to obtaining low cost capital

  • Overview of risks and strategies for overcome them

  • Highlighting key markets and prospects for future growth


Just recently the first Scaling Solar auction yielded record-breaking prices for solar power to date in Africa: 6.02 cents/kWh and 7.84 cents/kWh - for two 50MW solar PV plants to be built in Zambia. To assess the impact of this result for the region we have asked two leading industry experts to provide their analysis.



Webinar speakers

PER VAN SWAAY
SENIOR VP /// TCX
DIRK MÜNCH
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// PERSISTENT ENERGY CAPITAL
DOUGLAS BENNET
COO /// GUARANTCO
BRIAN COX
PRESIDENT & CEO /// MFX


Webinar speakers

ANDREW JOHNSTONE
CEO /// CLIMATE FUND MANAGERS
ARNAUD BRAUD
INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE SPECIALIST /// WORLD BANK