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Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa


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Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa


350+ decision makers gather to engage in extensive discussions to solve Africa’s solar energy funding gap - and get projects realized

ORGANIZING PARTNER
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Africa is quickly becoming one of the most significant regions in the global expansion of the solar PV industry. The high levels of solar irradiation, extreme (and growing) energy demand with 600 million Africans not yet served by up-to-date electricity solutions and an increasing amount of renewable energy related commitments by governments in the region are just some of the factors that are sparking growing interest from local businesses and international stakeholders alike.

Unlocking Solar Capital Africa 2019 will bring together hundreds of representatives from development banks, investment funds, solar developers, IPPs, EPCs & other stakeholders. 350+ decision makers will gather to engage in extensive discussions to solve Africa’s solar energy funding gap - and get projects realized.

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2018 Edition
Key characteristics
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350+ senior finance and project development executives

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In-depth discussions over separate tracks for on-grid and off-grid/mini-grid solar financing and development

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Guaranteed matchmaking through our customized software, interactive networking breaks and many hours of dedicated networking time

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Taking place in one of Africa's key hotspots, Dakar, Senegal .

Highlighted Content

THE BIG 5 - AFRICA’S FASTEST GROWING SOLAR ENERGY MARKETS

According to IRENA, last year’s growth was mainly driven by five specific countries: Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia and Ghana. The aim of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the key facts and figures related to these solar PV markets.

EASTERN AFRICA REGIONAL SOLAR REPORT

The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the key facts and figures related to some of the most prominently developing solar markets in Eastern Africa.

UPDATED FACTS & FIGURES
SOLAR ENERGY AFRICA 2018

'Facts & Figures: Solar Energy in Africa' is a 128-page (complimentary) regional report, featuring detailed profiles and analysis on the most prolific African solar markets.

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Speakers


Speakers


GHIRMAY ABRAHAM /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - APTECH AFRICA LTD
Ghirmay Abraham is the Founder and Managing Director for Aptech Africa Ltd, a solar energy and water pumping company. He founded Aptech Africa Ltd in 2006 in Eritrea. Ghirmay partnered with his brother Metkel to expand the company to South Sudan in 2011, and together they overcame a series of obstacles to grow Aptech to become one of the leading players in the solar industry across five African countries including Uganda, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Ghirmay has worked to distinguish Aptech from other companies by using high quality solar products and having an expert team of engineers in the field that can operate in some of the most difficult frontier markets in Africa. Aptech is ISO 9001:2015 certified and was listed by the London Stock Exchange Group in their 2019 report as being a private African owned company with an excellent growth rate and a major player in powering African development.

Ghirmay has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Asmara and has led Aptech’s team of engineers and renewable energy experts to install key solar powered water pumping and renewable energy projects across the continent. Ghirmay is a visionary for Aptech Africa and he is working towards the mission of making renewable energy the leading source of energy for all of Africa.
GHIRMAY ABRAHAM
MANAGING DIRECTOR - APTECH AFRICA LTD
BENJAMIN ATTIA /// RESEARCH ANALYST - WOOD MACKENZIE
Benjamin Attia is a Research Analyst in the Power & Renewables practice at Wood Mackenzie, a global consultancy providing data analytics, market research, and advisory services across the energy and extractives sectors (formerly GTM Research). He leads the firm’s coverage of solar PV markets in Africa and the Middle East, and off-grid energy access markets globally. His research and writing have recently been featured in leading outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Economist, The FT, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, the World Economic Forum, and Greentech Media. Benjamin also conducts affiliated research as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Energy for Growth Hub, the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, and the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment.
BENJAMIN ATTIA
RESEARCH ANALYST /// WOOD MACKENZIE
SNEHAR SHAH /// GENERAL MANAGER EAST AFRICA - AZURI TECHNOLOGIES
Snehar Shah is Azuri’s General Manager of East Africa and oversees all operations across the region for Azuri, a leading provider of pay-as-you-go solar home systems for off-grid Africa.

Snehar has more than 20 years of expertise in investment, finance, and business development, with a particular focus on African markets. Before joining Azuri in 2016, Snehar was Regional Chief Financial Officer of mobile towers business Eaton Towers.

Snehar also has extensive expertise in the telecoms and consumer services markets having held a number of senior posts with leading mobile operators, including Orange where he headed the company’s mobile money business unit.

He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng) from Imperial College, London and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
SNEHAR SHAH
GENERAL MANAGER EAST AFRICA /// AZURI TECHNOLOGIES
ABEL DIDIER TELLA /// DIRECTOR GENERAL - APUA
Abel Didier Tella is a Beninese national and a graduate in electrotechnical engineering (1983). He holds a master’s degree in electrotechnical engineering and a postgraduate diploma in renewable energies (1985).

Abel Didier Tella is the current director general of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), formerly known as UPDEA, which he led as secretary general from April 2008 to December 2012 before the change of denomination.

APUA has 56 active members in 45 African countries and 25 affiliate members in Africa, Europe and America.

Before taking up this position, he worked at SBEE, Benin national Power Utility, for 25 years from 1983 to 2008, where he served as engineer, head of studies and projects in electricity from January 1986 to January 1990, then regional director of SBEE in several regions of his country including Cotonou, the economic capital from January 1990 to January 2002 and commercial and marketing director from January 2002 to January 2008.

At international level, Abel Didier Tella was a member of the Scientific Council of the Regional Centre for Solar Energy (CRES), in Bamako, Mali, from 1986 to 1989, and in this capacity he participated in the elaboration of the terms of reference for the project to create a photovoltaic systems production structure for the member countries of CEAO.
ABEL DIDIER TELLA
DIRECTOR GENERAL /// APUA
BENEDIKT LENDERS /// HEAD OF MINIGRIDS - ENGIE
Graduated as Civil Mining Engineer in Leuven (Belgium), Benedikt Lenders joined the ENGIE group in 2002 and has since then occupied and been responsible for several activities in the Energy Management & Trading environment, ranging from gas & power energy management & optimization, gas contract negotiation and gas & power asset-backed-trading for ENGIE in Central Western Europe. As of January 2017, Benedikt has been appointed as Director of Transformation for ENGIE BENELUX. Since January 2019, Benedikt has taken up the position of Head of Minigrids and Managing Director of ENGIE Power corner, ENGIE’s solution for renewable mini-grid development in Africa.
BENEDIKT LENDERS
HEAD OF MINIGRIDS /// ENGIE
ANTOINE VAGNEUR-JONES /// HEAD RESEARCH ENERGY POLICY SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA - BLOOMBERGNEF
Antoine Vagneur-Jones heads BloombergNEF's research on energy policy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his current role, he worked in business development for a Tokyo-based PV developer, and as a researcher for the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris. He holds a bachelor's from the London School of Economics and a Master's in International Law from SOAS, University of London.
ANTOINE VAGNEUR-JONES
HEAD RESEARCH ENERGY POLICY SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA /// BLOOMBERGNEF
FEMI FADUGBA /// ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL - CROSSBOUNDARY
Femi Fadugba manages CrossBoundary Energy’s solar portfolio in West Africa. CBE is Africa’s first and largest investment fund for commercial and industrial solar. Projects in CBE’s portfolio include solar PPAs for Diageo, Kasapreko and Equatorial Coca Cola Bottling Company in West Africa as well as Unilever, Heineken, and Actis in East Africa.

A Togo-born Nigerian, Mr. Fadugba has worked extensively in the Nigerian energy sector and has also lived in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Mr. Fadugba holds a first-class Master of Engineering degree from Oxford University where he was a published author in quantum physics and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied as a Thouron Scholar. Prior to joining CrossBoundary, Mr. Fadugba worked in BCG's Energy and Industrial Goods practices where he managed cross-functional teams in the implementation of priority growth initiatives in the US, Africa and Latin America. Mr. Fadugba has worked in two early stage energy ventures including One Degree Solar and Rare Energy, a UK-based recruitment firm which he co-founded in 2011.
FEMI FADUGBA
ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL /// CROSSBOUNDARY
STEFAN ISSLER /// HEAD DIRECT INVESTMENTS - RESPONSABILITY
Stefan has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry with a focus on energy access over the last two years. With a proven track record in leading, structuring, negotiating and executing debt investments in the financial and energy sectors. He has extensive knowledge of business practices in developing countries with a focus on Sub-Sahara Africa, including 50+ due diligences conducted in 20+ countries.
STEFAN ISSLER
HEAD DIRECT INVESTMENTS /// RESPONSABILITY
CHRISTIAN WESSELS /// FOUNDER - DAYSTAR POWER
Christian Wessels is the founder of Daystar Power, which focuses on hybrid solar power solutions for agricultural, manufacturing, and banking customers. Daystar Power has four objectives: reducing energy cost by 25%, providing stable power at 99% uptime and reducing pollution by cutting diesel consumption. Daystar Power is on course to roll-out 1,000 systems in the next 2 years. Daystar Power is headquartered in Nigeria, with operations in other African countries such as Ghana and other West African geographies. Christian has more than 10 years working experience in Nigeria and West Africa. Prior to founding Daystar Power and Sunray Ventures, Christian served as the Deputy GMD of the TGI Group. Christian served as a Partner to Bain & Company, supporting Bain’s growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Christian’s time in Africa started as a Director for Barclays Africa, where he worked across Eastern and Southern Africa. In 2012, Christian was appointed as a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Young President Organization.
CHRISTIAN WESSELS
FOUNDER /// DAYSTAR POWER
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Program outline


Program outline


C&I Solar

  • The driving factors of C&I solar
  • Best practices and key learnings
  • Emerging financial models for C&I solar

Minigrids

  • Market overview and outlook
  • Results-Based Financing Mechanisms
  • Unlocking Private Capital

Pushing Solar to Scale

  • Allowing more renewables on the grid
  • Is storage the missing link?
  • Finance innovation

Off-grid Solar

  • A full off-grid track
  • Finance and development trends
  • Organized by GOGLA
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Registration


Registration


Regular

2 Days:

€895

Includes

Full two-day conference pass
Matchmaking sessions and application
Company logo on the website
Food & Drinks

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Webinar


Webinar


Trends and forecasts for Africa’s grid-connected PV markets

PAST WEBINAR /// 15 August, 4pm CEST

  • Data-driven insights into the project development landscape for grid-connected solar PV projects across the continent

  • Framing the drivers and risks to the growth of the market

  • Identifying the fastest growing countries and market segments

BENJAMIN ATTIA /// RESEARCH ANALYST - WOOD MACKENZIE
Benjamin Attia is a Research Analyst in the Power & Renewables practice at Wood Mackenzie, a global consultancy providing data analytics, market research, and advisory services across the energy and extractives sectors (formerly GTM Research). He leads the firm’s coverage of solar PV markets in Africa and the Middle East, and off-grid energy access markets globally. His research and writing have recently been featured in leading outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Economist, The FT, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, the World Economic Forum, and Greentech Media. Benjamin also conducts affiliated research as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Energy for Growth Hub, the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, and the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment.
BENJAMIN ATTIA
RESEARCH ANALYST /// WOOD MACKENZIE

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Commercial & Industrial Solar in Sub-Saharan Africa

PAST WEBINAR /// April 30 /// 4pm CEST

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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


SPONSOR & PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The international 2-day event will involve 350+ high-level decision makers from around the world.

Several opportunities are available to build and promote your brand to a diverse, yet focused group of high level international and local stakeholders including investors, financiers, project developers, EPC’s IPP’s and manufacturers.

Options include:

  • Tailor-made branding and networking focused packages

  • Facilitation of 1-on-1 meetings with key stakeholders

  • Visibility through both on and offline international marketing campaign

  • Possibility to have speaking involvement through presentation or panel discussion

  • Possibility to host or moderate a round-table discussion or lunch table during conference

  • Unparalleled access to unique networking opportunities with a targeted group

 

CONTACT

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

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Hamed Roozdar
+31 10 3027906
hamed@solarplaza.com

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NETWORKING SPONSORS
EXHIBITION SPONSORS
BRANDING SPONSORS
ORGANIZING PARTNERS
 
STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 
NETWORKING PARTNERS
 
MEDIA PARTNERS
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Track Record


Track Record


SOLARPLAZA EVENT TRACK RECORD

As a professional solar event organizer, Solarplaza has hosted 100+ events in 30+ countries around the world, ranging from exploratory trade missions in emerging markets to large-scale conferences with 450+ participants.

We've successfully organized market-focused conferences in countries around the world, including events in emerging markets like Senegal, South Africa, Mexico, Panama, India and Thailand. Apart from that, we've also hosted many in-depth topic-focused events. These have ranged from events diving into financing for developing countries, conferences on crowdfunding for renewables and specific financing structures like yieldcos; to technical events on operations & maintenance and asset management.

Solarplaza has organized multiple events on and about the African continent, among which:

  • The Solar Future Nigeria (Abuja, Nigeria)

  • Desert to Power Mission Sahel (Niger, Senegal, Mali)

  • Unlocking Solar Capital Africa (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire)

  • The Solar Future Nigeria (Lagos, Nigeria)

  • Unlocking Solar Capital Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)

  • Solar Finance Solutions Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) 

  • Solar/Diesel Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) 

  • Competitive Solar Solutions West Africa (Dakar, Senegal)

“Amidst the sea of renewable energy conferences, this one stood out. Well-organized, well-attended by decision makers. Glad I attended.” - Co-Founder /// Gigawatt Global

“A landmark event signaling the tipping point of the breakthrough of solar in developing countries.” - Co-Founder /// WakaWaka

“Effectively bridged emerging markets developers with western sources of finance.” - Managing Director /// nv vogt Singapore

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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza

"To positively impact the world by accelerating the sustainable energy transition"

  • ESTABLISHED IN 2004

  • 100+ EVENTS

  • 30+ COUNTRIES

    FROM CHILE TO CHINA

  • 60.000 + 

    PV PROFESSIONALS IN OUR NETWORK

Contact us

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

PROJECT MANAGER

Thomas Boersma
+31 10 302 7915
thomas@solarplaza.com

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

PROJECT MANAGER

Laura Berger
+31 6 817 220 28
l.berger@solarplaza.com

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For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Hamed Roozdar
+31 10 3027906
hamed@solarplaza.com

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For inquiries on media partnerships and marketing opportunities, reach out to:

MARKETEER

Irene Rodríquez Martín
+31 10 3027912
irene@solarplaza.com

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About GOGLA


About GOGLA


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About GOGLA

GOGLA is the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry. Established in 2012, GOGLA now represents over 140 members as a neutral, independent, not-for-profit industry association. Our services assist the industry to build sustainable markets and profitable businesses delivering quality, affordable off-grid electricity products and services to as many customers as possible across the developing world.

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We believe that with the right support, the off-grid solar market can scale to provide affordable solar power products and services to provide electricity to the 1 billion people currently living without energy by 2030, in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7. Off-grid solar products and services are also a solution for the estimated 1 billion people with weak grid connections.

The off-grid solar industry needs to deliver quality, affordable products and services to households, businesses and communities in challenging developing markets. It’s a sector that requires coordinated support, the right partnerships, resources, and services to help its businesses scale sustainably and at speed in these complex environments.

What we do?

We support our members with the following services: 

  1. Market intelligence, building an understanding of market opportunities and impact.

  2. Knowledge-sharing and networking through events and communications.

  3. Advocacy, for building enabling policy and investment.

  4. Creating industry standards and guidelines e.g. quality assurance and consumer protection.

 The industry’s impact

The off-grid solar industry transforms lives and is making a lasting economic, social and environmental impact. The products and services provided by the industry are reducing CO2emissions, improving health and education, creating jobs and income opportunities and helping consumers save money.