Curated with Strategic Partner, Eversheds Sutherland, see how the 2018 agenda supports renewable project development

The Africa 2018 Conference & Exhibition brings together renewable energy stakeholders to unlock new project development opportunities in Sub-Saharan African markets.

26th November 2018: DAY 1 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Safety Brief

New Energy Update Rhys Watt Conference Director New Energy Update

9:00-9:45 Predictions for growth and the future of government procured renewables
  • Discuss how does this market compare to other regions competing for capital. This region has been a challenge for many participants. Will this change and if so how?
  • Assess upcoming tenders and answer whether these are the most effective way to create renewable energy capacity

Eversheds Sutherland Michelle T Davies Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability Eversheds Sutherland

Actis Lisa Pinsley Director, Energy Actis

GraysMaker Advisory Peter Oldacre CEO GraysMaker Advisory

First Solar Ali GhaoutiHead of Business Development Africa First Solar

9:45-10:30 The evolution of microgrids and off grid solutions
  • Analyse the cost effectiveness of self-sustaining microgrids to drive electrification development across sub-Saharan Africa
  • Understand the power applications that microgrids serve and capitalise on new opportunities to expand renewable energy portfolios
  • Identify opportunities for financing a microgrid for rural electrification and the relationship with customers to determine effective payment structures and strategies
  • Forecast the interconnectivity of microgrids across sub-Saharan Africa and the scale of quick implementation this method offers to determine market potential

New Southern Energy Deepak John CFO & Founder New Southern Energy

Nedbank CIB Duncan Abel Principal - Energy Finance Nedbank CIB

DC GO Greg Midlane Managing Director DC GO

PowerHive Speaker TBC PowerHive

10:30-11:00 Financing Techniques and Vehicles for Small-Scale Renewable Energy Projects
  • Hear insight on the standardisation and divergence from standard project finance for smaller on grid, commercial and industrial, and mini-grid renewable energy projects

Fieldstone Jonathan Berman Managing Director Fieldstone

11:30-12:15 The Integration of Infrastructure Across Neighbouring Industries
  • Understand how the integration of infrastructure across energy, water and mining industries can boost sustainable growth and optimise project profitability
  • Consider the potential new project opportunities associated with the integration of infrastructure across energy, water and mining industries
  • Recognise the financial structures for delivery of infrastructure sharing to understand each parties’ role

Webber Wentzel Alessandra Pardini Partner Webber Wentzel

Metier Private Equity Chester Holliday Principal Metier Private Equity

Murray and Roberts Harry Singleton Operations Murray and Roberts

Development Bank of Southern Africa Tsitsi Musasike Infrastructure Financing Development Bank of Southern Africa

Prof. Michael Solomon University of Cape Town

12:15-13:00 Energy storage market dynamics and future utilisation
  • Hear from stakeholders who have taken the first steps into energy storage technology and discuss the challenges, assumptions and findings
  • Understand the role of battery technology in transmission to reduce power outages and mitigate problems with intermittent supply from renewable energy
  • Understand the regulation and policy with integrating energy storage systems into new project developments
  • Assess the potential for adding energy storage technologies to operating renewable energy projects to create an additional revenue stream

SOLA Future Energy Daniel Goldstuck Head of Energy Storage Services SOLA Future Energy

Industrial Development Corporation David SekgororwanaIndustry Development Manager for Clean EnergyIndustrial Development Corporation

DNV GL Dr Matthew Rowe Energy Storage Manager DNV GL

Eversheds Sutherland Indraj MangatPartner Eversheds Sutherland

14:30-15:00 Project case study of wind power projects in East Africa - development and construction

Mott MacDonald - South Africa Ulwin Hoffmann Senior Renewable Energy Consultant Mott MacDonald - South Africa

15:00-15:45 Regional Development Focus - East Africa
  • Hear insight on the status of solar development in East Africa through projects assisting utilities of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and more.
  • Discover opportunities for new project development in these emerging markets to grow your portfolio
  • Learn about region specific regulation and policy that supports utility, commercial, industrial and residential renewable energy projects

EEP Africa Wim Jonker Klunne Lead Coordinator EEP Africa

GeoSUN Africa Riaan Meyer Managing Director GeoSUN Africa

Eversheds Sutherland Clint Dempsey Partner Eversheds Sutherland

15:45-16:15 Private PPAs Outlook and Analysis
  • Present updates on the existing market to understand where we currently stand and determine the market position for private PPAs
  • Assess the future for private PPAs to diversify portfolios and combat grid tariffs
  • Learn how the immature and evolving regulatory, lending, audit and commercial space needs to be managed for the evolution of the private PPA market

Mulilo Energy Partners Richard Doyle CEO Mulilo Energy Partners

16:30-17:15 Solutions for Electrification - Rural Focus in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Hear from developers, financiers, consultants and specialists on the existing renewable energy projects in operation and construction
  • Discover opportunities for new project development in these emerging markets to grow your portfolio
  • Learn about region specific regulation and policy that supports utility, commercial, industrial and residential renewable energy projects

BBOXX Mansoor Hamagan CEO & Co-Founder BBOXX

Snehar Shah Managing Director East Africa Azuri Technologies

PowerHive Speaker TBC PowerHive


27th November 2018: DAY 2 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

9:00-9:45 Insight into regulation, policy and bidding - South Africa’s IRP and REIPPPP programmes
  • Receive insight on the REIPPP programme, current operations and future to best understand the prospects of IPP project development
  • Understand Environmental Authorisations for proposed Renewable Energy Projects as a requirement in terms of the National Environmental Management Act - EIA Regulations
  • Hear comments from developers on the Integrated Resource Plan and REIPPPP mapping the future technology breakdown for South Africa

Department of Environmental Affairs Muhammad Essop As. Director of Strategic Infrastructure Developments Department of Environmental Affairs

African Clean Energy Developments James Cumming Manager African Clean Energy Developments

RSA Department of Energy: IPP Office Elmarie Oosthuizen Programme Manager RSA Department of Energy: IPP Office

Scatec Solar Jan Fourie VP and GM Project Development Scatec Solar

9:45-10:30 Opportunities and Challenges - South Africa’s wind industries perspective on the REIPPPP and IRP
  • Assess the outlook for onshore wind following the release of the IRP and financial close with REIPPPP projects. What opportunities and challenges does this present?

G7 Renewable Energies Kilian Hagemann Managing Director G7 Renewable Energies

African Clean Energy Developments James CummingPrincipalAfrican Clean Energy Developments

EDF Renewables Kevin Minkoff Head: Business Development EDF Renewables

Genesis Eco Energy Davin Chown Director Genesis Eco Energy

Mott MacDonald - South Africa Ulwin Hoffmann Senior Renewable Energy Consultant Mott MacDonald - South Africa

10:30-11:00 Eskom’s ground-breaking microgrid Ficksburg project

Eskom Nick Singh Head of SmartGrids CoE Eskom RT&D

11:30-12:00 Project case study of captive and grid-tied solar PV solutions for commercial scale (tourism) facilities in South Africa – development and construction

Mott MacDonald Sebastian Bode Senior Renewable Energy Consultant Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald Alberto Cuellar Solar Team Lead: sub-Saharan Africa Mott MacDonald

12:00-12:45 Commercial and industrial renewable energy captive power
  • Receive insight on financing techniques and vehicles for C&I renewable energy projects
  • Learn how renewable energy technologies, including roof top solar, are being used for electricity supply, and heating and cooling systems for supermarkets, hotels, hospitality, data centres and businesses
  • Overcome disparity and volatility with supply chain disruptions, transportation challenges and price of fossil fuels by transitioning to captive renewable energy sources
  • Discover how ancillary technology such as battery storage can further benefit the adoption of on-site renewable energy for industrial and commercial purposes by shifting energy costs away from peak hours

Jinko Solar Kevin Robinson Technical Services Manager – Middle East and Africa Jinko Solar

Solareff Jaco Botha CEO Solareff

Voltalia Maya Rao Strategy Director - Emerging Markets Voltalia

13:00-13:30 CSP’s role in the energy mix - Updates and outlook

Engie - Kathu Solar Park Cedric Faye CEO Engie - Kathu Solar Park

ACWA Power Nandu Bhula Deputy MD Africa and CEO Redstone CSP ACWA Power

14:45-15:30 Lessons learnt from other markets on how to effectively manage a local content strategy
  • Understand the methodology used by decision makers that supports economic development through local content requirements
  • Discuss the best strategy for local content through renewable energy project development to mitigate the pitfalls of increasing localisation too aggressively
  • Consider how local content can be expanded and what the next steps are to work towards a plan supporting social investment, employment and upliftment

Jinko Solar Stephen DavyHead of Sales - SSAJinko Solar

DC GO Greg Midlane Managing Director DC GO

Mulilo TBC Mulilo

15:30-16:00 Mastering renewable energy project construction amidst the tariff bidding war

K2 Management Hebren James Country Director - South Africa K2 Management


If you are interested in Africa New Energy 2018 please contact us:

Rhys Watt

Rhys Watt

Project Director
New Energy Update
+44 (0) 207 375 7177 (Global)

Tobias Crow

Tobias Crow

Business Development Manager
New Energy Update
+44 (0) 207 422 4358 (Global)

2018 Strategic Partner

  • Eversheds Sutherland