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

26th November 2018: DAY 1 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Safety Brief

Reuters Events Rhys Watt Conference Director Reuters Events

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

BBOXX Sudeep Desaraju VP Debt Finance BBOXX

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 HollidayAnalystMetier Private Equity

Aveng Ashton Drummond Senior Process Engineer Aveng Water

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

University of Cape Town 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

Blue Horizon Chris Ahlfeldt Founder & Clean Energy Specialist Blue Horizon

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

DNV GL Dr Matthew Rowe Energy Storage Manager DNV GL

Eversheds Sutherland Indraj MangatPartner Eversheds Sutherland

juwi Doreen Kanetey-EsselBusiness Development juwi Renewable Energies

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

15:00-15:30 Regional Development Focus - Status of Solar in 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

GeoSUN Africa Riaan Meyer Managing Director GeoSUN Africa

15:30-16:00 Challenges and barriers for mini grid projects - The EEP Africa experience
  • What observations stem from the supported projects, as well as applications received for mini grids
  • Analyse the trends seen in the market and the barriers faced by project developers
  • Answer how can policy makers respond to the challenges faced by project developers

EEP Africa Wim Jonker Klunne Lead Coordinator EEP Africa

16:30-17:00 Solutions for Electrification - West Africa
  • 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

Jinko Solar Emeka WosuBDMJinko Solar


27th November 2018: DAY 2 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

9:00-9:15 Trends in the utility-scale renewables industry in Southern Africa

Blue Horizon Chris Ahlfeldt Founder & Clean Energy Specialist Blue Horizon

9:15-9:30 Insight into bidding for the REIPPPP programme - Environmental Authorisation

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

9:30-10:30 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 Stephen DavyHead of Sales - SSAJinko Solar

Solareff Jaco Botha CEO Solareff

Voltalia Maya Rao Strategy Director - Emerging Markets Voltalia

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

SPS Anja Visagiw Head of Project Acquisition SPS Africa

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 Economic development through local content strategies
  • 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

Stephen DavyHead of Sales - SSAJinko Solar

Greg Midlane Managing Director DC GO

Loretta Di Zio Economic Development Director BioTherm Energy

Joanne Dean

Nomzamo Landingwe Mcoso BBBEE Strategist Nordex/Acciona Windpower

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
Reuters Events
+44 (0) 207 375 7177 (Global)

Tobias Crow

Tobias Crow

Business Development Manager
Reuters Events
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2018 Strategic Partner

  • Eversheds Sutherland