|DIAMOND SPONSOR /// HUAWEI|
|Huawei, a leading global information and communication technology solutions provider, is committed to creating maximum value for customers, with products and solutions deployed in over 170 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Combining digital information technology, Internet technology and PV generation technology, Huawei provides innovative FusionSolar Smart PV solution and inverters with a wide application in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, etc. FusionSolar Smart PV solution is to take the whole PV plant as a total product and make improvement throughout the whole process, from the PV plant construction to maintenance. It can optimize initial investment, reduce maintenance costs, increase power generation and finally increase IRR. Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV solution, featured as “Higher yields, Smart O&M, Safe and Reliable” will finally maximize value for PV plant owners or maintenance customers.|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// ESMAP|
|The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a global knowledge and technical assistance program administered by the World Bank. It provides analytical and advisory services to low- and middle-income countries to increase their know-how and institutional capacity to achieve environmentally sustainable energy solutions for poverty reduction and economic growth. Supporting over a hundred activities in countries around the world at any given time, ESMAP is an integral part of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank.|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// LIGHTING GLOBAL|
|Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of the international off-grid solar market as a means of rapidly increasing energy access to the more than 1.1 billion people worldwide who presently live without access to affordable, reliable and safe modern energy.|
|Lighting Global Website|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// CHADBOURNE & PARKE LLP|
|Chadbourne, an international law firm, is at the forefront of the development of the global solar market, including in Africa, and has advised on some of the most important distributed and utility-scale solar power projects in the region.
Recent transactions include advising CrossBoundary Energy on the establishment and first closing of CrossBoundary Energy Fund I, Africa’s first dedicated fund for Commercial & Industrial solar; a developer on devising a template offtake agreement to develop and finance a portfolio of distributed solar power projects in Rwanda; Standard Bank on the development and financing of several solar photovoltaic IPPs in South Africa; Google, Inc. in connection with their US$12 million investment in the Jasper Power project, a 96 MW solar PV plant in the Northern Cape province of South Africa; ACWA Power on the 50 MW Bokpoort CSP solar plant in South Africa, which was awarded “African Renewable Deal of the Year 2013” by Project Finance International.
Chadbourne is also at the cutting edge of developments in the distributed solar sector having represented, amongst others, SolarCity Corporation each of its securitization of distributed (rooftop) solar power assets, including its first securitization, which was the first securitization of distributed (rooftop) solar power assets in the world; a developer on the financing of a 15 megawatt captive solar photovoltaic power project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that will provide electricity to a cement factory owned by LafargeHolcim; a developer on its bid to develop and finance a utility-scale captive solar photovoltaic power project to provide electricity to Dubai-based port operations owned by DP World.
|Chadbourne & Parke LLP Website|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// TCX|
|The Currency Exchange Fund N.V. (“TCX”) is a development finance initiative that offers currency derivatives in financial markets where such products are not available or poorly accessible.
TCX acts as a market‐maker in currencies and maturities not covered by banks. A key objective of the Fund is to allow lenders and borrowersto hedge currency mismatchesthatresult from cross‐border financing involving frontier markets.
TCX typically offers longer‐dated products to support longer‐term local currency finance.
TCX covers over 70 currencies worldwide. Since starting operationsin 2008, TCX has hedged over USD 3.6 billion of local currency loans. By December 2015, the Fund’s portfolio of cross currency swaps and forwards amounted to over USD 1.3 billion spread across 50 currencies and 650 transactions.
TCX’s investor base consists of development finance institutions and microfinance investment vehicles active in emerging and frontier markets.
|GOLD SPONSOR /// JCM CAPITAL|
|JCM is a Canadian-based renewable energy company that focuses on the development, construction and ownership of clean power projects. JCM leverages its development expertise acquired through five years of development experience in Canada and over 70 projects, to emerging markets where the demand for renewable energy solutions is high and the level of experience with renewable energy is low. JCM is currently developing a multi-billion dollar clean power portfolio that includes both utility-sized solar photovoltaic projects and HVDC transmission projects.|
|JCM CAPITAL Website|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// JINKO SOLAR|
|JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base worldwide. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 3.5 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 3 GW for solar cells, and 6 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2016.
JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 5 productions facilities in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces, China, Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, 16 overseas subsidiaries: Singapore, Japan (2), India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and South Africa and 17 global sales offices: China (2), United Kingdom, France, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica and Colombia.
|JINKO SOLAR Website|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// GREENLIGHT PLANET|
|Greenlight Planet is on a mission to deliver high quality, affordable energy solutions to the world’s two billion under-electrified consumers. Founded in 2009 by 3 university classmates, the Greenlight Planet team maintains an ongoing dedication to replacing dirty fuel sources prevalent in geographies such as Africa and India with smart, bright solar energy solutions. Greenlight Planet is empowering off-grid and rural families with clean and green energy solutions, hence catalysing transformation towards better life. Greenlight has product range which addresses needs of all income groups in rural and is selling in 50+ countries with 100+ partners across the globe. Through its offices in four countries and direct to village sales force, Greenlight has sold 5 million + lamps till date. Dedicated to its mission greenlight plans to reach 20 million households by 2018.|
|Greenlight Planet Website|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// RESPONSABILITY INVESTMENTS|
|responsAbility Investments AG is one of the world’s leading asset managers in the field of development investments and offers professionally-managed investment solutions to private, institutional and public investors. The company’s investment vehicles supply debt and equity financing to non-listed firms in emerging and developing economies. Through their inclusive business models, these firms help to meet the basic needs of broad sections of the population and to drive economic development – leading to greater prosperity in the long term. responsAbility currently has USD 3.1 billion of assets under management that is invested in over 500 companies in 95 countries. Founded in 2003, the company is headquartered in Zurich and has local offices in Bangkok, Geneva, Hong Kong, Lima, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Oslo and Paris. Its shareholders include a number of reputable institutions in the Swiss financial market as well as its own employees. responsAbility is registered with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.|
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// VOLTIQ|
|Voltiq raises equity and debt for its clients and partners, focusing exclusively on renewable energy and energy transmission projects. Main focus is on wind (on- and offshore), solar PV, and transmission, primarily in emerging markets.Voltiq has offices in The Netherlands and Spain, and has executed more than 50 deals since 2009 covering 3,300 MW of wind capacity, 1,600 MW of solar PV, 300 MW of CSP, 240 MW biomass, and over 5,000 km of high voltage transmission. Voltiq secures maximum value creation for its clients in energy projects, arranging complex (international) financing structures. Voltiq has extensive networks with all leading financial institutions including commercial banks, multilaterals and development banks.|
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// DEG|
|The mission of DEG, a subsidiary of KfW, is to promote business initiative in developing and emerging market countries as a contribution to sustainable growth and improved living conditions of the local population. To this end, we make long-term financing and advice available to private enterprises investing in these countries.
It is of utmost importance to us that the investments co-financed by DEG have a sustained beneficial impact in developing countries. We put emphasis on companies that are successful in the long term and on value-added investments that make an impact.
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// OIKO CREDIT|
|Oikocredit is a worldwide cooperative and social investor that promotes sustainable development by providing loans, capital and capacity building support to microfinance institutions, cooperatives, fair trade organizations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and renewable energy projects in developing countries. Oikocredit has a development financing portfolio totalling € 940 million (correct at 30 June 2016) invested across 70 countries worldwide. Founded in 1975 Oikocredit is privately financed through the investments of over 50,000 individuals and organizations and offers a positive triple bottom line to investors: social, environmental and financial.|
|Oiko Credit Website|
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES|
|Energy Access Ventures (EAV) is a Paris-based impact-focused venture firm that backs entrepreneurial companies that bring access to electricity in Africa. It is the only venture firm entirely dedicated to access to electricity. EAV aims to provide access to electricity for a million people by 2020.
Its current investors are: CDC Group (UK), managing funds for the UK Department for International Development, the European Investment Bank, the Fonds d'Investissement et de Soutien aux Entreprises en Afrique (FISEA) held by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and managed by PROPARCO, the Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial (FFEM), administered by AFD, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and Schneider Electric.
EAV is managed by Michael Gera and counts Emmanuel Beau and Paras Patel as investment managers. The whole team is based in Nairobi, Kenya and has considerable experience in venture capital, operations in Africa in general and in the energy access sector in particular.
To date, EAV has invested in Off-Grid Electric a San-Francisco, Tanzania-based solar home system company, part of a $25M investment round including leading investors DBL Investors, Vulcan Capital, Zouk Capital and Solar City. EAV has also invested in PEG that operates in Ghana to distribute and finance solar home systems for low-income households in rural and peri-urban areas.
EAV plans to make a number of new investments in 2016 and beyond. As well as funding, EAV brings technical support and advice in management, governance, energy efficiency and environmental best practice to portfolio companies.
|Energy Access Ventures Website|
|EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// HUSK POWER SYSTEMS|
|Established in 2008, Husk pioneered an off-grid power generation and distribution solution to serve rural customers in Bihar, India. Husk is one of the world’s leading off-grid utilities. We provide reliable power to rural communities and businesses, entirely from renewable energy sources – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – at a price they can afford. We design, build, own and operate the lowest cost hybrid power plant (Solar PV + Biomass) and distribution network in India and Africa. We offer our customers a flexible ‘pay-as-you-go’ energy service, using a mobile-enabled smart metering system. We provide low-cost energy that matches the growing needs of our customers; for households, community services and productive uses. Our grid-compatible solution can be rolled out quickly and cost effectively to support national electrification plans. To date, Husk has provided electricity to 16,000 homes and businesses in India and Tanzania, reducing 95,000 tonnes of CO2. Our aim is to provide 30MW of power to 225,000 customers by 2021, and save 350,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.|
|HUSK POWER SYSTEMS Website|
|EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// BBOXX|
|BBOXX is a venture backed company developing solutions to provide affordable, clean energy to off-grid communities in the developing world. We are fully vertically integrated, controlling every part of our customer experience. Our market leading products and appliances coupled with our SMART Solar platform bring machine-learning and customer experience optimisation to rural Africa. Our ground-breaking financing structure has brought off-grid solar into the World’s financial markets. With over 80,000 systems deployed so far; 350 staff across 5 offices in China, UK and East Africa are waking up every morning to work with BBOXX to electrify 20M people by 2020.|
|EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// MOBISOL|
|Mobisol’s vision is to provide clean, affordable and reliable electricity to millions of rural households in emerging nations – stimulating economic and social development while simultaneously contributing to global environmental protection.
The Berlin-headquartered company engineers, develops and delivers rent-to-own solar home and business systems, appliances and services for emerging economies. As Africa’s leading solar provider by capacity installed, Mobisol currently enables over a quarter million individuals in Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya to benefit from a clean, affordable alternative to fossil fuels.
Mobisol solar systems are available in different sizes ranging from 80 to 200 Watt. The product service offer comes with a microfinance option and comprehensive customer service including extended warranty and a free customer hotline, customer education, remote smart monitoring of each system, free installation and three year free maintenance.
The company’s work and impact has been honoured by a number of prestigious recognitions, such as the “Momentum for Change” Award by the UNFCCC, the PV Magazine Award for “Top Business Model” and the Ecosummit Award.