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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:
Day 1. March 7th, 2017 - Project Preparation
- Receive an update about the direction the DOE will take for various energy supply and demand options, including renewable resources, gas, coal and cogeneration and the planned procurement
- Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2010-2030): update, aims and objectives.
- Opportunities for Independent Power Producer participation in S.A’s power production
8:50 Eskom’s Role in the Integrated Resource Plan
- How is local content measured and what are the expectations after round 5?
Rentia van Tonder, Head: Power, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank
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
- How to develop renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa
- How does bankability differ from country to country?
- Explore investment prospects in emerging markets and necessary risk reduction measures
Deepak John, Chief Financial Officer, New Southern Energy
Coenraad Krige, Managing Director, Eaglestone
Jonathan Hoffman, Head of Business Development, Southern Africa, Global EQ
- What role do funders play in financing projects outside the REIPPP program and how do they differ?
- Discuss the bankability of projects in Sub-Saharan Africa countries
- What can developers do to make projects more attractive to funders?
- Discuss developments in Project Finance. How will IFRS 16 change how contingent liabilities are handled on balance sheets and change the environment for PPAs?
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
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)
- The costs of electricity supplied by a private PPA are now below most grid tariffs
- As a result, there is now widespread interest in the private sector and the first deals are being concluded
- Success requires managing an as yet immature and evolving regulatory, lending, audit and commercial space.
Richard Doyle, Managing Director, Mulilo Renewable Energy
- Explore profitable opportunities across Commercial and Industrial power players
- Discuss the minimum conditions for funding private PPA’s and the extent to which those conditions are acceptable for counterparties
Berrie de Jager, Head: Natural Resources, Commercial Banking, Standard Bank Group
Ira Green, Managing Partner, GG Holdings
- What are the appropriate performance guarantees for smaller projects?
- How does one manage technical risks without spending money on lenders technical advisors?
- International financial reporting standards require that long term contracts are reported on the balance sheet. Discuss how one could avoid needing to report a long term offtake agreement.
- How to open up multiple markets for IPPs? Or how to structure a PPA without a single offtaker?
Duncan Abel, Principal: Embedded Energy, Nedbank
Bram Buijs, Senior Manager, Aurora Power Solutions
Tbc - Eskom Buyers Office, Bank, IPP, NERSA
3:50 Panel: How delays impact the business case for new projects
Enrique Lopez Ponce, Head of Sales - Africa & Mediterranean, Nordex Acciona Windpower
- Discuss the potential for better grid utilisation by extending the Small Projects REIPPPP from 5MW to 30MW
- Discuss possible solutions for socializing the cost of establishing a grid connection hub for wind and solar projects. What is possible, and what does Eskom propose?
- Can we socialise the grid connection costs between developers to help make smaller projects more profitable and fair?
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
4:50 Strategic energy resource planning - where should developers build and connect wind and solar projects?
5:20 Panel: The evolution of business models, cashless payments and integration of telecoms, crowdfunding to support distributed generation projects across Africa
- Local content implementation and lessons learned across wind and solar projects
- Subsidies for foreign investment in local manufacturing
Christo Fourie, Head of the Business Unit, Industrial Development Corporation
TBC - DTI, IPP Office, EPC’s, DFI’s IPP’s and Banks
- What products and services including assembly are developers and EPC’s sourcing locally for Wind, Solar PV and CSP developments? And what components or raw materials are being sourced from abroad and where from?
- Investing in plant and machinery to support PV, CSP and Wind projects
- What capacity demand of MW per year is needed to achieve economies of scale in SA and warrant investment in local manufacturing facilities?
Mokebe Tutubala, Business Development Manager, Jinko Solar
10:40 Abengoa CSP Projects Update for Kaxu Solar One & Xina Solar One
Julian Lopez Garrido, Country Manager, Abengoa Solar Power South Africa
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
- Construction progress
- Stakeholder engagement
- Eskom relationship for the transmission line
Cedric Faye, CEO, Kathu Solar Park, Engie
2:00 CSP Developer Panel: lessons to date
2:00 PV Developer Panel: lessons to date
2:00 Wind Developer Panel: lessons to date
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
3:30 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
3:30 Hybridization - PV + battery storage
Mott Macdonald, Speaker details coming soon
- Tower Technology development
- Thermal storage systems - comparison of advantages and disadvantages of troughs and towers
- Storage technology - using concrete or crushed rocks or solid materials in towers to reduce cost
4:30 Panel: Solar PV operational performances
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
5:00 Performance optimization strategy - data systems