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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

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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 2018 brought together hundreds of representatives from development banks, investment funds, solar developers, IPPs, EPCs & other stakeholders. 350+ decision makers gathered to engage in extensive discussions to solve Africa’s solar energy funding gap - and get projects realized.

2018 Edition
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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 .

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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.

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.

AFRICA SOLAR IMPACT CASES
REPORT

With this report, we zoom in on individual solar projects and cases, highlighting the involvement of the different types of actors in the creation of resounding impact on local communities and individuals.

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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


Early Bird
Expires Sept 20th

2 Days:

€795

€100 discount
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Webinar


Webinar


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

UPCOMING 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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Tom van Dorp
+31 10 3027906
t.vandorp@solarplaza.com

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Speakers 2018


Speakers 2018


ALESSANDRO ORTU /// HEAD PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - PHANES GROUP
Alessandro Ortu is the Head of Project Development, leading the Project Development Team for Phanes Group. He is responsible for overlooking the planning and implementation of the company's PV solar portfolio.

He brings a proven track record of managing PV solar projects in Europe, North and South America and in the MENA region from his experience as Project Manager – Renewable Energy Consultant at Mott MacDonald, a global engineering, management and consultancy company.

Alessandro has an advanced capability to execute due diligence studies, PV plant modelling, electrical design and plant performance assessment. He has conducted the review and discussion of international EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction), O&M (Operation and Maintenance) and PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) for an extensive number of renewable projects worldwide (about 1 GW).

Expertise also includes construction and operation monitoring of wind and biomass plants. Furthermore, he also gained significant business and technical experience in the renewable energy market as Technical Director in Energy Corp, and as Project Manager in Solergy srl and SHAP spa.

He holds a Master’s of Electronic Engineering from Tor Vergata University (Rome, Italy), he has been Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA); he is a Chartered Engineer of the Italian Order.
ALESSANDRO ORTU
HEAD PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - PHANES GROUP
WELDON TURNER /// DIRECTOR, COO & CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER - GIGAWATT GLOBAL
Weldon Turner was formerly the Director of International Equity Sales/Trading at Credit Suisse in New York, and has been a senior product manager at RCS Solar, a leading supplier of solar power plants in Europe and Africa. From 1994 to 1999, and from 1985 to 1992 he was a V.P. of Equity Sales/Trading at Salomon Brothers in New York. Turner has been on the Board of Advisors of Thorium Power Company and Portofino Equity Advisors. He has extensive experience in growing new companies; he managed GoldNames from 1999-2000, a domain name internet company, from inception to an organization with over 50 employees. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from Union College, NY, received his JD law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and his LLM from Thomas Jefferson Law School.
WELDON TURNER
DIRECTOR, COO & CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER - GIGAWATT GLOBAL
MARINA PANNEKEET /// MANAGER ENERGY, SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICA - FMO
Marina Pannekeet is Manager Energy at FMO responsible for a team of professionals dedicated to investment in the energy sector in Africa, with a focus on countries in the East and Southern African region.

Marina obtained a university degree in Business Economics at the Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Before joining FMO, she worked in the maritime industry for almost 15 years where she fulfilled positions as (transport) economic, financial advisor and project manager.
Since joining FMO in 2005, Marina has been involved in various energy projects amongst others in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa. In addition, she worked on various off grid related transactions with the latest being SIMA and SunFunder, two debt funds active in the off grid sector in the east African region.

Her professional interests focus on structuring debt and mezzanine transactions and managing a team of specialists. As such, she is involved in strategic projects related to providing access to energy and avoiding greenhouse gasses, in line with FMO’s mandate as a development bank.
MARINA PANNEKEET
MANAGER ENERGY, SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICA - FMO
BRIAN O'HANLON /// MANAGING DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - OPIC
Brian O’Hanlon is the Managing Director of Business Development for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) Global Energy Group. In this role, he divides his time between leading the group’s early origination and customer relationship management and serving on due diligence teams for power finance transactions in developing countries.

Brian joined OPIC as a Director in its Political & Sovereign Risk Insurance unit, where he served as lead underwriter for energy, agriculture, and water-related projects located in the Middle East, Africa, and South America.

Prior to this position, Brian was the senior renewable energy analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He won the Gold Medal, the Department’s highest award, for work leading to a China’s removal of barriers to U.S. wind turbine exports. Brian also led negotiations among eight U.S. government agencies resulting in the adoption of the U.S. government’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Export Initiative as well as the creation of the Secretary of Commerce’s private sector clean energy advisory committee.
BRIAN O'HANLON
MANAGING DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - OPIC
KARIM ASALI /// TECHNICAL DIRECTOR EUROPE & AFRICA - FIRST SOLAR
Karim Asali began his career in the renewable energy sector in 1987 focusing on CSP plants in the United States. He later joined ABB where he spent ten years in oil and gas and power plants design. Since 2000, Karim shifted his focus to develop PV business at companies such as Kyocera, Sharp and First Solar.

He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and an MBA from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
KARIM ASALI
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR EUROPE & AFRICA - FIRST SOLAR
DESNEI LEAF-CAMP /// HEAD ACQUISITION, INVESTMENTS AND FINANCIAL ADVISORY - ENGIE
For over 16 years, Ms Leaf-Camp has been involved in “powering” the development of Africa through enhanced access to affordable capital and access to safe and reliable electricity. One of the forerunners in the IPP business in Africa, Desnei has worked for both IPPs and financial institutions raising over USD1.4 billion in financing for renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, plus an additional USD170 million for non-energy related projects.

Ms. Leaf-Camp, who is currently engaged with ENGIE in southern Africa, has also worked for the AES Corporation in the United States and Cennergi, a South African IPP. One of her most exciting projects was the initial development of the Bujugali Hydropower Project, Uganda’s first IPP and Africa’s largest privately developed and funded hydropower project.

Between her employment with AES and ENGIE, Desnei was a Development Banker, leveraging her sector and regional experience to deepen access to limited recourse financing for infrastructure projects. She kicked off this phase of her career in 2003 with the Development Bank of Southern Africa before joining the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 2006.

Desnei holds a MBA in International Trade & Finance and a Masters of Arts Degree in International Development from the American University in Washington, DC.
DESNEI LEAF-CAMP
HEAD ACQUISITION, INVESTMENTS AND FINANCIAL ADVISORY - ENGIE
SNEHAR SHAH /// GENERAL MANAGER EAST AFRICA - AZURI
Snehar Shah brings over 20 years of expertise in investment, finance, and business development to Azuri Technologies, with a particular focus on African markets. Snehar has been the General Manager for Azuri East Africa since 2016 and was previously the Regional Chief Financial Officer of mobile towers business, Eaton Towers. Snehar has a strong history in the telecoms and consumer services markets, including with mobile operator Orange where he was head of the company’s mobile money business unit. Snehar 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).

Prior to joining GOGLA, Johanna had been working for the GIZ where she was actively involved in the provision of advisory services to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation regarding ICT4D. She holds Bachelor degrees in Development Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna.
SNEHAR SHAH
GENERAL MANAGER EAST AFRICA - AZURI
BARTON SHASHA /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - IB VOGT
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BARTON SHASHA
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - IB VOGT
JOSEPH NGANGA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
A short bio will follow soon...
JOSEPH NGANGA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
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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

Lydia van Os
+31 10 3027908
lydia@solarplaza.com

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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 questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Tom van Dorp
+31 10 3027906
t.vandorp@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.