Scaling Solar Program

7th November 2017 |  9:00 AM EST | 2:00  PM GMT | 16:00 East Africa

The World Bank Group Scaling Solar Program may unlock 1.2 GW of opportunity but it is not without its critics. New research shows that the programme will lead to over 1.2 gigawatts of competitively priced utility-scale solar PV in Zambia, Senegal, Ethiopia and Madagascar.

Despite criticism from local developers, the program is a breakthrough risk mitigation and advisory mechanism that offers global solar developers a chance to secure a foothold in new markets with high growth potential and low rates of energy access.

GTM Research and Blue Horizon ECS are out with a new report on WBG’s Scaling Solar Program, finding it could be a catalyst for emerging markets.

Join Chris Ahlfeldt from Blue Horizon and Benjamin Attia from GTM Research on 7th November at  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT on a free webinar to discuss the findings of their report: 


Benjamin Attia is a research analyst with GTM Research’s Global Demand team, providing market research, data and forecasts, and bespoke strategy consulting and advisory to key on and off-grid solar stakeholders in emerging economies, mainly in Africa and developing Asia. Ben has experience working in solar asset management and commercial operations and clean energy transition-focused regulatory research for US utilities and international policymakers. He has published and presented research on several topics in clean energy, including national clean energy and energy storage policy, technical potential modeling for rooftop solar, negotiated solar rights conflict  resolution, and a novel community-based finance and management framework for rural PV micro-grids. Ben holds a Master of Energy & Environmental Policy and a B.S. in Economics and Energy & Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.

Chris Ahlfeldt has over 10 years of in-depth work experience in the energy industry, primarily in the North American, Asian, and African energy sectors. Since founding Blue Horizon ECS, he has independently and collaboratively sold, managed and implemented various projects ranging from investor/developer market entry strategies to government renewable energy policy. He was also recently involved with several electricity sector studies across sub-Saharan Africa, such as tariff studies, cost of supply, energy market restructuring, and policy/regulatory reviews for various countries (e.g., Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Ghana, Namibia, and South Africa). He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Energy Systems Engineering from Stanford University.