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The Africa 2017 Conference & Exhibition brings together 500 IPP's and renewable energy stakeholders to unlock new wind and solar development potential in Sub-Saharan African markets.

Quick summary of themes the event will cover:

  • Bankability of projects in sub-Saharan geographical markets
  • Private PPA’s and captive power project development opportunities (industrial and commercial)
  • South Africa’s RE IPP Procurement Program: opportunities and challenges
  • Power transmission and distribution in SA and key sub-Saharan countries
  • Distributed generation in emerging markets

What's new at the 2017 event?

  • Pre-conference networking and wine tasting trip to local vineyard
  • Greater focus on sub-Saharan Africa’s project opportunities
  • Investor and developer-led discussions
  • 3 x technology forums dedicated to CSP, PV and Wind developers

Read the in-depth conference program below:

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Day 1. March 7th, 2017 - Project Preparation

KEYNOTE SESSIONS

8:30 The expansion and acceleration of Renewable Energy in South Africa

8:50 Eskom’s Role in the Integrated Resource Plan

Eskom

9:10 REIPPPP Update - IPP Office

9:30 Panel Q&A: Regulatory Landscape

Rentia van Tonder, Head: Power, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank

10:00 Coffee break in exhibition room
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES IN EMERGING SUB-SAHARAN RENEWABLE ENERGY MARKETS

10:40 Market outlook for wind and solar across Africa

Javier Relancio, Solar Programme Leader for Africa, Mott Macdonald
Sebastien Sandmark, Wind Programme Leader for Africa, Mott Macdonald

11:00 Panel Q&A: Investing beyond REIPPPP - prospecting new RE projects

Deepak John, Chief Financial Officer, New Southern Energy
Coenraad Krige, Managing Director, Eaglestone
Jonathan Hoffman, Head of Business Development, Southern Africa, Global EQ

11:45 Panel Q&A: Funding beyond REIPPPP - How to unlock emerging markets in Sub-Saharan Africa

Siyanda Mflathelwa, Transactor, Infrastructure Finance, Rand Merchant Bank
Lizeka Matshekga, Divisional Executive, Industrial Development Corporation
Lucy Chege, General Manager Infrastructure Finance Unit, Development Bank of South Africa
Marc Immerman, Principal, Metier Sustainable Private Equity Practice

12:30 Lunch break

Finance Consultation Zone for IPP Developers (located in the exhibition room)

  • Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital Fund
  • Old Mutual (tbc)
  • Inspired Evolution Investment Management (tbc)
  • Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Managers (tbc)
PRIVATE PPA’s AND CAPTIVE POWER MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

1:30 The evolution of the Private PPA Market in S.A.

Richard Doyle, Managing Director, Mulilo Renewable Energy

1:50 Panel Q&A: Private PPA market in S.A and Sub-Saharan Africa markets

Berrie de Jager, Head: Natural Resources, Commercial Banking, Standard Bank Group
Ira Green, Managing Partner, GG Holdings

2:30 Panel Q&A: Private PPAs – using Eskom and the Municipalities as an offtaker and other ways to derisk projects

Duncan Abel, Principal: Embedded Energy, Nedbank
Bram Buijs, Senior Manager, Aurora Power Solutions 

Tbc - Eskom Buyers Office, Bank, IPP, NERSA

3:10 Coffee break in exhibition room
SOLUTIONS TO REIPPPP CHALLENGES

3:50 Panel: How delays impact the business case for new projects

Enrique Lopez Ponce, Head of Sales - Africa & Mediterranean, Nordex Acciona Windpower

4:20 Panel Discussion: Grid Connection challenges

Kilian Hagemann, Managing Director, G7 Renewable Energies
Warren Morse, Director of Solar, Mulilo Energy Partners
Daniel Goldstuck, Senior Project Manager, Grid Specialist, Aurora Power Solutions
Chris Bellingham, Senior Project Development Manager, Wind & Solar, Juwi Renewable Energies

POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION

4:50 Strategic energy resource planning - where should developers build and connect wind and solar projects?

DISTRIBUTED GENERATION REVOLUTION

5:20 Panel: The evolution of business models, cashless payments and integration of telecoms, crowdfunding to support distributed generation projects across Africa

6:00 Networking drinks reception in exhibition room

Conference Day 2, March 8th, 2017 - Project development strategies and operational excellence

LOCAL CONTENT STRATEGIES IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR PV, CSP AND WIND

8:30 Panel and Q&A: How to meet local content requirements?

Christo Fourie, Head of the Business Unit, Industrial Development Corporation

TBC - DTI, IPP Office, EPC’s, DFI’s IPP’s and Banks

9:15 EPC Panel: Local content procurement strategies for PV, CSP and Wind power

Mokebe Tutubala, Business Development Manager, Jinko Solar

10:00 Coffee break in exhibition room
SOUTH AFRICA’S WIND AND SOLAR FLAGSHIP CASE STUDIES

10:40 Abengoa CSP Projects Update for Kaxu Solar One & Xina Solar One

Julian Lopez Garrido, Country Manager, Abengoa Solar Power South Africa

11:00 Project Redstone Case Study by ACWA Power

Christoph Ehlers, Chief Operating Officer, ACWA Power

11:20 Wind project case study by Mainstream Renewable Power

Mainstream Renewable Power (speaker details coming soon)

11:40 Solar PV case study by Enel Green Power

Bill Price, Country Manager, Enel Green Power

12:00 Kathu construction project update (Notice to proceed +10 Months out of the 28-month construction period)

Cedric Faye, CEO, Kathu Solar Park, Engie

12:20 Lunch and networking in exhibition room
CSP DEVELOPER FORUM
PV DEVELOPER FORUM
WIND DEVELOPER FORUM
CSP DEVELOPER CHALLENGES AND LESSONS TO DATE
PV DEVELOPER CHALLENGES AND LESSONS TO DATE
WIND DEVELOPER CHALLENGES AND LESSONS TO DATE

2:00 CSP Developer Panel: lessons to date

2:00 PV Developer Panel: lessons to date

2:00 Wind Developer Panel: lessons to date

UNLOCKING COST REDUCTION POTENTIALS FOR CSP PROJECTS
UNLOCKING COST REDUCTION POTENTIAL FOR PV PROJECTS
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE STRATEGIES FOR WIND FARMS

2:30 The Role and Value of CSP in the SA Power System

  • CSP Situation in SA
  • Value of CSP
  • Intention to get CSP back into the integrated Resource Plan (IRP)

Prof Frank Dinter, Director STERG, Eskom Chair in Concentrating Solar Power, Solar Thermal Energy Research Group, Stellenbosch University

2:30 Unlocking private investment in large-scale solar projects (Solar Parks Program)

2:30 Blades management

3:00 Selecting bankable technologies

Javier Relancio, Solar Programme Leader for Africa, Mott Macdonald

3:00 Technology development and selection criteria

3:00 Bearings

3:30 SENER CSP Strategy in South Africa

  • Learn how SENER is planning to lower the cost of CSP by implementing in South Africa their proprietary Molten Salt Tower technology with Storage, commercially proven for more than 5 years in Gemasolar, the 1st Molten Salt Tower plant with Storage in the world
  • See the evolution of Gemasolar: Noor III project, a 150 MW Molten Salt Tower plant with 7.5 hours of Storage in Ouarzazate, Morocco, similar in size to the South African projects and considered a first step before the tower deployment in this country
  • Listen to the performance results of SENER CSP projects and find out the reasons for recurrently achieving the 100% guaranteed production in the shortest time
Siyabonga Mbanjwa, SENER Country Manager for South Africa, SENER

3:30 Hybridization - PV + battery storage

Mott Macdonald, Speaker details coming soon

3:30 Generators

4:00 Coffee break in exhibition room

4:30 Panel: CSP Technology Roadmap

4:30 Panel: Solar PV operational performances

4:30 Gearboxes

 

5:00 New IEC 61724-1 standard: Implications for both PV plant operators and owners

  • Understand how the new standard will affect the maintenance requirements of weather stations on existing and future utility scale PV plants e.g. calibration frequency
  • Receive clear guidelines on the minimum number of weather stations and type of sensors required
  • Hear about the criteria on pyranometers and updated cell specifications

Riaan Meyer, Managing Director, GeoSUN Africa 

5:00 Panel: Environmental Impact Assessment Policy challenges

 
 
ASSET AND RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES TO REDUCE DOWNTIME AND MAXIMIZE RELIABILITY
 
 

5:00 Performance optimization strategy - data systems

5:30 End

If you are interested in The Africa New Energy Conference 2017 please contact us:

Adam Minkley

Adam Minkley

Sr. Projects Director
New Energy Update
Part of FCBI Energy
+44 (0) 207 375 7239 (Global)
+1800 814 3459 x7239 (US)
Email: aminkley@fc-bi.com

Tobias Crow

Tobias Crow

Business Development Manager
New Energy Update
Part of FCBI Energy
+44 (0) 207 422 4358 (Global)
+1800 814 3459 x4358 (US)
Email: tcrow@fc-bi.com

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