DIAMOND SPONSORS
DIAMOND SPONSOR /// THESAN
The Thesan mission is to search for new and increasingly better ways of producing renewable, affordable and really environmentally sustainable energy. It began with solar energy and quickly branched out into new strategic sectors, in particular focusing on saving energy in the building industry. Right now, Thesan has two separate business units: Renewable & Clean Energy and Air Quality & Energy Saving.
Thesan Website
DIAMOND SPONSOR /// CDC
CDC is the UK government-owned DFI. It has a $6bn balance sheet, and invests in businesses across Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people's lives. CDC has a six-decade heritage of investing and lending in the African power sector, and has directly or indirectly invested in a third of all utility-scale IPPs in SSA (outside South Africa). More recently, CDC has been an active investor in the off-grid solar sector, and has exposure to a number of companies via its intermediated equity and direct equity portfolios. Going forward, debt will form a central part of CDC’s strategy to finance the OGS space.
CDC Website
DIAMOND SPONSOR /// ANGAZA
Angaza designs technology that makes life-changing products affordable to the world's 1 billion off-grid consumers. By partnering with businesses, Angaza redefines how solar home systems are purchased, financed, and monitored in emerging markets by enabling off-grid customers to pay for energy in affordable amounts spread over time. Angaza’s software has empowered businesses to make products like solar home lighting and charging systems affordable worldwide, unlocking consumer financing for over 2 million people to date.
Angaza Website
GOLD SPONSORS
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 /// PHANES GROUP
Phanes Group is an international solar energy developer, investment and asset manager, strategically headquartered out of Dubai with a local footprint in sub-Saharan Africa, through its two offices in the region’s largest economies - Nigeria and South Africa.
Phanes Group has a pipeline of 600 MW under development in Africa, with 260 MW of grid connected solar PV in Nigeria across three different projects. The first of the three to be built, in the Sokoto region, is backed by one of the Nigerian government’s 14 PPAs. In addition, the group is developing off-grid solar solutions to ensure communities across the region have access to a stable and clean energy supply.
Established in 2012, Phanes Group’s integrated approach, combining financial and engineering expertise, enables the company to deliver end-to-end solar energy solutions. The group has a growing portfolio of solar investments and developments spanning multiple geographies with a distinct focus on emerging markets, especially MENA and sub-Saharan Africa.
In the Middle East, Phanes Group is delivering the region’s largest distributed solar project (DP World Solar Program) and completed phase I (33.4 MW) of the largest solar project in the Caribbean (Monte Plata). Cumulatively, the company’s global clean power contribution is in excess of 70 MW, with a further 1.5 GW in the pipeline.
Phanes Group 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.
TCX Website
GOLD SPONSOR /// TOTAL
Total is a global producer and supplier of oil, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. We are active in more than 130 countries and our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Our teams have been working at the cutting edge of solar power technology for more than 40 years, playing throughout the photovoltaic solar value chain (from manufacturing to storage to sale of solar power).

Since 2010, Total Access to Energy Solutions has impacted more than 13 million people in 40 developing countries, mainly in Africa, with its off-grid solar product offering.
To complement the Energy Access program, Total Ventures is focused on finding, funding and fostering high-potential start-ups globally. As part of Total's commitment to a better energy future, the Group’s ambition is to impact 25 million people by 2025.
Total Website
 
NETWORKING SPONSOR
NETWORKING SPONSOR /// CROSSBOUNDARY
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EXHIBITION SPONSORS
EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// CROWDCREDIT
Crowdcredit was founded in 2013 aiming at connecting borrowers in needs of capitals in countries with premature financial infrastructure and investors in needs of asset management opportunities in countries with saturated financial market, namely Japan.
Currently, the company is exploring solar energy sector and is developing partnership with those parties; such as, off/on-grid manufacturers, installers, financiers, project developers, etc. who have regular financing needs for business expansion. Moreover, it is possible for Crowdcredit to suffice their needs by serial loans that are funded every two weeks by Japanese retail investors in its proprietary crowd funding platform.
As of today, Crowdcredit has raised loan funds of US$ 45mm+ from 8,000+ registered investors at the recent rate of US$ 4mm per month with increasing trend. Also, the company has provided loans to SMEs, non-bank lenders and individuals mainly in emerging or newly developed countries; such as, Peru, Estonia, Georgia, Cameroon, etc.
Crowdcredit Website
EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// AZURI
Azuri Technologies is a commercial provider of PayGo solar systems for rural off-grid communities and has the widest reach of any off-grid provider in sub-Saharan Africa. With innovative tech solutions address that problem of lack of energy access, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world. Azuri’s off-grid solar solutions are integrated with local mobile money technology which ensures that clean, solar energy is an affordable alternative to kerosene.
Providing safe, renewable power to families across rural sub-Saharan Africa, Azuri’s solar home systems have been shown to have a significant impact on customers lives and the environment. To date, Azuri has sold more than 100,000 systems across Africa, impacting the lives of more than 500,000 people.
Founded in 2012 with their headquarters based in Cambridge, United Kingdom; the majority of their staff are based in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia. Azuri is Present in 12 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The company’s work and impact have been honoured by a number of prestigious recognitions, such as the “Gold Winner of the Edison Awards” for using artificial intelligence in domestic solar systems, the UN Climate change award, the Ashden award and many others.
Azuri Website
EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// ENGIE
ENGIE Africa - ENGIE is the largest independent electricity producer in the world, and one of the major players in natural gas and energy services. The Group has more than 50 years of experience on the African continent and has the unique ability to implement integrated solutions all along the energy value chain, from centralized production to off-grid solutions (Solar Home Systems, mini-grids) and energy services. With nearly 3,000 employees, 3.15 GW of power generation capacity and more than 50 ongoing projects, ENGIE offers energy solutions across the continent.
  • Strong positioning on customer solutions, offering integrated B2B solutions (energy efficiency, maintenance, HVAC etc.) and B2T services for cities (Public lighting, security, development of territories, airports, mobility)
  • Development of zero-carbon power generation capacity, capitalizing on the continent's exceptional potential in terms of renewable energies - leader among independent producers (IPP)
  • Offgrid "as a service" energy supply to off-grid customers, with a focus on digital (data management, mobile payment etc.). ENGIE already has more than 2.5 million customers with domestic solar installations and local micro-grids and continues its leadership in the off-grid services market on the continent
  • Networks: development of gas projects (LNG regasification liquefaction, gas transportation, small-scale LNG, biogas ...)
ENGIE Website
BRANDING SPONSOR
BRANDING SPONSOR /// INACCESS
Established in 2000, with a focus on renewable energy infrastructure management, Inaccess specializes in SCADA monitoring and control systems for utility-scale plants, including energy storage and hybrid generation. The company designs and develops state-of-the-art products and solutions that enable its customers to maximize the viability and effectiveness of their investments through performance optimization and OPEX reduction. Today, Inaccess systems manage over 10GW of PV generation across 2500+ plants worldwide" of which 2.5GW is located in the US.
Inaccess Website