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Solar & Off-Grid Renewables Africa: EAC & SADC

Bringing together the political, technical and financial will to scale-up access to low carbon electricity


5-6 December 2017

Hyatt Regency 'The Kilimanjaro', Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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CONFERENCE SUMMARY:

Solar and Off-Grid Renewables Africa: EAC & SADC is designed for governments and project owners (large and small to meet) to mobilise access to electricity in Africa. The event will focus on the pre-qualifiers of the first and second rounds of the Zambian Scaling Solar programme with up to 400 MW of PV to deploy, and the 160 MW PPA which was signed in Kenya in June 2017. Large scale solar developers will also be invited to contribute from across the region, to update attendees on their plans and project requirements. The off-grid sessions will focus on the role of microgrids in the region, smart villages, aggregated small scale PV installations and energy storage. Attendees will enter into discussions about the commercial and industrial opportunity and we will host Solar Media’s second hotly anticipated Women in African Power workshop, bringing together the most exciting and tenacious female owned businesses from across the region. Lastly, we will bring major sources of funding from development finance to private equity grants, foundations and commercial debt to show everyone in attendance how to scale up access to clean electricity.

WHO YOU WILL MEET:

Focusing on the following attendees, Solar and Off-Grid Renewables Africa: EAC & SADC will provide a deal-making platform with access to low-carbon energy at its heart. This is the only event that brings together all of the stakeholders dependent on new, reliable generation:

  • Government ministers and high level policy setters
  • Local utilities and grid companies
  • International developers, IPPs, EPCs and installers (working on solar and microgrid projects)
  • Development banks
  • Commercial banks – local and international
  • Funds and equity investors
  • Energy buyers, both commercial and public sector
  • Rural electrification experts
  • Foreign direct investors
  • Mobile payments experts
  • Micro-financiers
WHAT TECHNOLOGIES WILL BE COVERED:
  • Multi-Megawatt Solar Projects
  • Solar Lighting
  • Solar Home Systems
  • Smart Grids
  • Microgrids
  • Storage
  • Energy Efficient Appliances
  • Metering
  • Grid Connections

Over 45 Speakers Confirmed, Including:

Contact Jo Wilkinson to recommend speakers: jwilkinson@solarmedia.co.uk

Testimonials

"This is a very laudable program and its continuity is pivotal to the development of the sector as it is able to provide key stakeholder the avenue to interact and explore potential synergy.”

JB, NIMED Capital Limited
(attended the West African version in April 2017)


"It was great to see that more and more local companies not only attended the event, but participated in the panels with their experiences and learnings. This gave true market insights in the West African market players.”

MB, ecoligo (crowdfunding platform)
(attended the West African version in April 2017)


"Very effective, professionally organised event focused on networking and connecting to same field colleagues. Well done.”

Assaf Arbel, Canadian Solar Inc

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Sponsors & Partners

Cooperative Partner

Talesun

Talesun

Talesun Energy specializes in the worldwide project development and acquisition of project-rights and sale of turnkey photovoltaic power plants. The company builds and finances large-scale projects and up to date it has installed projects for over 3 GW globally. Talesun has a large independent manufacturing base of 210,000 m2 and has a global 1.8 GW cell and 2.8 GW module manufacturing capacity: a world’s leading large-scale scientific & PV manufacturing company, within which 800MW cell & module made in Thailand. The group mother company is Zhongli SCI-Tech Group, a long-established and highly successful manufacturer of specialist cabling and other industrial components which is listed on the Shenzhen stock-exchange (SZ:002309).  

Talesun

Associate Sponsor

TCX

TCX

The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX) is a special purpose fund that provides OTC derivatives to hedge the currency and interest rate mismatch that is created in cross-border investments between international investors and local borrowers in frontier and less liquid emerging markets. The goal is to promote long-term local currency financing, by contributing to a reduction in the market risks associated with currency mismatches. To achieve this objective, TCX acts as a market-maker in currencies and maturities not covered by commercial banks or other providers, notably where there are no offshore markets, no long-term hedging, or, in extreme cases, no markets at all. This activity spans 70 currencies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, and Latin America. TCX is usually unable to hedge itself. The core risk management principle is the risk-reducing effect of running a globally diversified pool of currency exposures. This is supported by a conservative capital base provided by patient investors and donors. TCX’s investor base predominantly consists of development finance institutions and microfinance investment vehicles active in the long-term debt markets of emerging and frontier markets. The Fund applies state-of-the-art valuation techniques to track its exposures on a daily basis.

TCX
The Sun Exchange

The Sun Exchange

Businesses and communities in developing markets often lack the capital needed to finance solar power energy solutions yet, Individuals and businesses want to directly invest in emerging solar markets, but opportunities are limited and information is scarce. The Sun Exchange is a marketplace that empowers anyone to buy remotely located solar cells in the sunniest locations on earth and earn income from them. Customers buy solar cells in projects hosted on our financing portal & their assets are secured on the Blockchain. Electricity consumers pay to use our customers‘ solar cells at a discounted tariff, and solar cell owners receive revenue via our autonomous blockchain platform.

The Sun Exchange

Silver Sponsor

IB VOGT

IB VOGT

Established in 2002, ib vogt GmbH specialises in the Development, Design, Financing, EPC and Operation of PV solar power and provides turnkey PV solar power plant solutions to end investors internationally. As a manufacturer-independent integrated developer, the company focuses on tailor-made PV solar power plant solutions that maximise lifecycle performance and investor returns. Since 2009, ib vogt has realized plants with a total capacity close to 0.6 GWp. All projects have been commissioned on time, with the highest of quality standard and within budget. ib vogt employs 100 experts in all areas along the PV solar power plant value chain. The company operates internationally and is present in Germany, the United Kingdom, the USA, Panama, Eastern Europe, Australia, India and Southeast Asia.

 

IB VOGT

Supporting Sponsors

Studer Innotec

Studer Innotec

Innovation and reliability Studer Innotec is a Swiss company, working in line with the Swiss culture of innovation, quality and reliability. Our team is fully committed to these values, which are also our promises. And only the one who makes a promise can keep it. Therefore our products are developed, manufactured and tested in our facility in Sion, in the middle of the Alps. Our inverters, inverter/chargers and MPPT solar charge controllers are all made in Switzerland. In fact, the Swiss quality require full control of the development and the manufacturing process until the final testing of every single product before dispatching. This is what  brings the product reliability that we are known for, and proud of.

Studer Innotec

Past Sponsors

The African Guarantee Fund

The African Guarantee Fund

Officially launched on 1 June 2012, the African Guarantee Fund is a pan-African non-bank financial institution owned by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). AGF’s primary mandate is to assist financial institutions in Africa to scale up their SME financing through the provision of partial loan guarantees and capacity development assistance. AGF’s primary mandate is to assist financial institutions in Africa to scale up their SME financing through the provision of partial loan guarantees and capacity development assistance. In addition, AGF has a Green Guarantee Facility with the overall goal of enabling financial institutions to finance African SMEs focused on sustainable and climate-conscious products and services.

The African Guarantee Fund
Dupont

Dupont

DuPont PV materials deliver proven performance, efficiency and lasting value. When Materials Matter™, you innovate continuously and field-test relentlessly to fulfill the need for new energy solutions. For over 40 years our innovations in PV materials have led the photovoltaics industry forward. Today our portfolio of solutions is more than just state-of-the-art—our emphasis on proven power and lasting value means they can also help you achieve higher lifetime returns on your investments. Whether you seek the leading-edge efficiency of our DuPont™ Solamet® metallization pastes, or the field-proven performance of our DuPont™ Tedlar® PVF films for your backsheets, our PV materials can help you meet the world’s growing demand for dependable renewable energy more effectively.

Dupont
First Solar

First Solar

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. With an installed capacity of over 10 gigawatts worldwide – from mega utility-scale solar plants and commercial & industrial rooftop systems to kilowatt-sized community off-grid systems – the company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. The company’s leadership in renewable energy is a result of its deep expertise and over a decade-long track record in manufacturing, developing, financing, engineering, constructing or operating the world’s leading sources of sustainable, solar energy.

First Solar
JinkoSolar

JinkoSolar

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 customers. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 3 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 2.5 GW for solar cells, and 4 GW for solar modules. JinkoSolar also sells electricity in China, and has connected approximately 846 MW of solar power projects to the grid, as of September, 2015. JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 4 productions facilities in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces, China, Malaysia and South Africa, 13 global sales offices in China, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico and 11 oversea subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan, India, South Africa and Chile.

JinkoSolar
Mittelstand Global

Mittelstand Global

Mittelstand Global – Energy Solutions Made in Germany. The transfer of energy expertise, the promotion of foreign trade and the facilitation of international development cooperation are part of the German Energy Solutions Initiative, coordinated and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. We offer: networking and business opportunities both in Germany and abroad, showcasing of reference projects and capacity building.

Mittelstand Global
Orrick

Orrick

In a complex and rapidly developing continent, there is no substitute for experienced and committed counsel with a real understanding of the issues. Orrick has the network and know-how to meet the needs of the many participants doing business in Africa. Orrick is among the leading legal advisors to the African energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors, advising on a wide variety of transactions, especially private equity and M&A, project development and financing. Our multidisciplinary global team provides French, English, US and OHADA law advice along with our on-the-ground support from our affiliated office of legal counsels in Cote d’Ivoire.

Orrick
Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric develops connected technologies and solutions to manage energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. The Group Invests In R&D in order to sustain innovation and differentiation, with a strong commitment to sustainable development.

Schneider Electric

Media Partners

PV Tech

PV Tech

International news on market and technical innovations on solar PV and related technologies.

PV Tech
Alliance For Rural Electrification

Alliance For Rural Electrification

ARE efforts are hence focused on scalable renewable energy technologies enabling electricity access at the household, small and medium sized companies (SME) and community level. Amongst others this includes solar PV, small hydro, wind, biomass and biogas, mini-grids, (battery) storage, power components. As partner of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) Initiative ARE has helped push for the creation and approval of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and later for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where SDG7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all people. Therefore, in summary the mission of the Alliance of Rural Electrification is not only important and contemporary, but indispensable in the fight for a more prosperous, more equal and a more sustainable world.

Alliance For Rural Electrification
ENF

ENF

ENF is a fast-growing renewable energy information company. Our company has the world’s most popular website for information about companies in the photovoltaic industry. We have three value-added core activities: industry directory – providing a PV company database with more than 16,000 PV companies; Market research – profiling companies in PV industry; and PV jobsite – featuring PV jobs from all over the world. Our website has more than 200,000 visitors and 1,000,000 page views per month. All these make ENF a true PV industry resource, with each service expanding in as many as 8 languages.

ENF
IRENA

IRENA

IRENA
Renewables in Africa

Renewables in Africa

Launched in September 2016 by Tony Tiyou, Renewables in Africa is an expert blog that addresses the renewable energy industry in Africa. The ambition is to raise the technical awareness about the various renewable energy sources on the African continent and share the information. As much as helping businesses primarily, it is also about getting the civil society understanding what they need, what they buy and to some extent, how to better use this energy. .

Renewables in Africa
Sun-Connect News

Sun-Connect News

Sun-Connect News is the leading news platform for the off-grid industry. We provide news, articles, company and country information as well as background information for the off-grid industry worldwide. The target audience includes solar firms, micro-credit organizations, NGOs, and state facilities in developing and emerging nations. Sun-Connect News is provided by Stiftung Solarenergie - Solar Energy Foundation and edited by Harald Schützeichel.

Sun-Connect News

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