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