Topics and challenges to be discussed at the 2nd BGS Solar Summit

BUSINESS PROGRAM

DAY 1
PLENARY SESSION. SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TUNISIAN SOLAR MARKET

Keynote speech by Mrs. Hela Cheikhrouhou
Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energy of Tunisia

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies of Tunisia has launched the first phase of the renewable power generation programme, which aims to develop 1,000 MW (650 MW of solar and 350 MW of wind) of renewable power capacity over the 2017-2020 period. The plenary session will unveil the details and first results and, of course, first challenges of this initiative.


NORTH AFRICA STREAM
SESSION 1. STATE-BY-STATE OVERVIEW: ALGERIA, EGYPT, MOROCCO
Algeria. 22,000 MW in RE by 2035-2040 and the upcoming 4GW tender for PV Project. Learn how the government plans to make it reality;
Morocco. Plans for the future and current solar market opportunities
Egypt. Overview of governmental plans and challenges already faced
EAST AFRICA STREAM
SESSION 1. COUNTRIES’ PV LANDSCAPE. WHAT REFORMS ARE NEEDED TO REDUCE THE TIMELINES, COST AND RISKS OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT?
Competitive Auction System Instead of FiT – what would it mean for the Kenyan solar market?
Donor GETFiT tariff subsidies in Uganda – would that be enough for investors?
What are the chances to witness more utility-scale PV projects in Rwanda after renegotiation of recent contracts?
Burundi’s first utility-scale project – can we expect more than that?
Ethiopia, Zambia and other markets you should keep an eye on
Coffee-break
SESSION 2. PANEL DEBATE: PROJECT FINANCING IN EAST AFRICA
Bankability of the large-scale PV – how to increase the quality of the projects?
Can we count on adequate debt financing from local banks in the future?
Matching the tenor with the anticipated useful life of the solar PV plant
Development Finance for IPPs
Financing models to accelerate C&I solar deployment across the region
SESSION 2. PANEL DEBATE: PROJECT FINANCING IN NORTH AFRICA  FINANCIERS’
PERSPECTIVES
Bankability criteria and key requirements to make your project financeable
Case studies on the projects already financed
Innovative financing mechanisms
CASE STUDY ON SUCCESSFUL PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
CASE STUDY ON SUCCESSFUL PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
Lunch
O&M AND AM IN MENA
O&M Bankability and Business Modeling
Distributed Asset Management
Monitoring and Forecasting tools and how they help reducing the cost of O&M
Localization strategies for O&M and AM Business
C&I OPPORTUNITIES IN SSA
Conditions making C&I a more attractive option in SSA #rightnow
Less Regulations without net-metering or Better Regulations?
Financing options, Economics and successful case studies
Advanced technologies to bring the cost down
Potential of solar+storage
GALA DINNER
DAY 2
MIDDLE EAST STREAM
SESSION 1. CURRENT STATUS OF SOLAR IN MIDDLE EAST  WORD FROM
THE GOVERNMENTS
Overview of untapped markets and their plans for the future
Regulations and incentives – what is already done and what’s coming next
Key challenges and opportunities for solar deployment in the region
WEST AFRICA STREAM
SESSION 1. GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES/POLICIES AND TARGETS FOR SOLAR.
GHANA, NIGERIA, SENEGAL, COTE D’IVOIRE.
Ghana – unclear policies, liquidity issues, off-take risks. Where do we find reasons to be optimistic?
Nigeria – updates on the government’s efforts to ensure ‘1,343MW by 2020’ target will be reached
Senegal – pushing to become an example for solar in West Africa
The tender process as a key factor to drive the tariffs down
Coffee-break
SESSION 2. PANEL DEBATE
PROJECT BANKABILITY - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR PROJECT IS COMPETITIVE
Financing options available
Record-low LCOE – are there any ways to reduce it even more?
Minimizing risks in EPC Contracts
Crucial points for market entrants
SESSION 2. PANEL DISCUSSION. ACCESS TO FINANCE ANDTHE ROLE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Key requirements and considerations
Cost of Finance
Innovative financing mechanisms
CASE STUDY ON SUCCESSFUL PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
CASE STUDY ON SUCCESSFUL PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
Lunch
DISTRIBUTED SOLAR ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES IN MENA
C&I opportunities in MENA
Schemes that promote solar rooftop installations across the region
Overview of successfully implemented projects
RURAL ELECTRIFICATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Off-Grid Solar as a part of State Programs and Strategies – policies and regulations
Mini-grids and SHS – what are the capacities?
Financing off-grid solar in SSA – options available and new mechanisms
Best Practices of PAYG and mini-grid implementation
Technologies and solutions for Off-grid systems
SUMMIT CLOSING SPEECH AND FAREWELL DRINKS

AMONG THE CONFIRMED SPEAKERS


Hela Cheikhrouhou
Hela Cheikhrouhou
Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energy
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energy, Tunisia
Nnaemeka Ewelukwa
Nnaemeka Ewelukwa
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET)
Seth Agbeve Mahu
Seth Agbeve Mahu
Deputy Director, Renewable Energy
Ministry of Power, Ghana
Mamadou Diarra
Mamadou Diarra
Member of the Board
National Center for Solar Energy (CNES), Niger
Kassim Mohammed Ali Alani
Kassim Mohammed Ali Alani
Asst. Director General Planning and Studies Office
Ministry of Electricity, Iraq
Julien Mauduit
Julien Mauduit
Senior Banker, Power & Energy Utilities
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Nesreen Mohamed Rady Abd El-Kader
Nesreen Mohamed Rady Abd El-Kader
Director of new and renewable energy section
Egyptian Electricity Holding Company
Ziad Jebril Sabra
Ziad Jebril Sabra
Assistant Secretary General
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan
Moussa Amadou Seck
Moussa Amadou Seck
Technical Director for Projects and Programs
National Renewable Energies Agency (ANER), Senegal
Sebastian Noethlichs
Sebastian Noethlichs
CEO
Nvision.Energy
Valerio Pelizzi
Valerio Pelizzi
Director of Asset Management EMEA
Canadian Solar
Jeremy Crane
Jeremy Crane
CEO
Yellow Door Energy
Yazid Safir
Yazid Safir
Regional Representative North Africa
Proparco
Aart Mulder
Aart Mulder
Manager Energy
FMO
Herta fon Stiegel
Herta fon Stiegel
Founder & Executive Chair
Ariya Capital Group
Jörg Althaus
Jörg Althaus
Business Field Manager Solar Energy
TÜV Rheinland
Marco Alves
Marco Alves
Global Director O&M/Service Business
Martifer Solar
Nikolai Dobrott
Nikolai Dobrott
Founder and Managing Partner
Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory
David Short
David Short
Director, Renewable Energy
Mizuho Bank
Eric Kaleja
Eric Kaleja
Vice President Energy Africa / Asia
KfW - DEG
Fadi Margi
Fadi Margi
General Manager – Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency
Izzat Marji Group
Massimiliano Vernaleone
Massimiliano Vernaleone
Head of international business development
Phelan Energy Group
Souleymane Berthe
Souleymane Berthe
Director General
Renewable Energies Agency of Mali
Vahid Fotuhi
Vahid Fotuhi
Managing Director, Project Origination
Access Power

Among our participants in 2016


8minutenergy Renewables
Allianz Global Investors
CTF SOLAR GmbH
Danham Capital
Enerparc
Eversheds
Fieldstone Africa
First Solar
Gamesa Electric
HeliosLite
HUAWEI Technologies
IB Vogt
IFRISOL SARL
Ja Solar
JCM Power
Kilowattsol SAS
Meteocontrol GmbH
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Sindicatum Sustainable Resources
Solarcentury
World Energy Council
DNV GL

"I must say that BGS Solar Summit has been organized really well, starting from my trip arrangements and communication with the Organizing team – everything was very professional. Myself, I look for events that not only I add value to, but also that add value to me and I have to say that I learnt a lot by being here – the speakers and delegates are very informed. Very big “thank you” to the Organizers."

Dr Nnaemeka Ewelukwa, General Counsel & Company Secretary at Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET)

"I think it’s one of the best events I’ve ever been to and I go to events quite often. It’s managed really well – good job, BGS Group!"

Amin Vaghei, Head International affairs at Mabna Behineh Sazan Niroo (MBN group)

"The event was nicely done and I congratulate BGS Team for doing such a great event. The things we liked the best were the pre-organized b2b-meetings – they were very helpful"

Ankit Kanchal, Director – Commercial at Enrich Energy

"It’s a great opportunity for networking with people from Iran, Iraq etc. which is hard to manage from our office in Germany. And I really appreciate the work done by BGS Group."

Jörg Althaus, Business Field Manager Solar Energy at TÜV Rheinland

"It is a very successful Summit – there are a lot of people from different regions, different continents in one place and the Business Program is also very interesting."

Josefin Berg, Senior Analyst at IHS Markit

"It was a great experience for me, especially MENA and sub-Saharan Africa Sessions of the event."

Nesreen Mohamed Rady Abd El-Kader, Director of new and renewable energy section at Egyptian Electricity Holding Company

"We arrived this morning and already had several conversations with people who know our products and our brand, so BGS Solar Summit is quiet positive for us and I’m confident that tomorrow will be the same."

Kamal Sаbra, Sales Office Director at Kipp & Zonen

"Middle East is definitely the region where we will focus in the future. Now it’s an excellent time for us, projects are coming up and we provide our clients with full spectrum of services. So, I’d be glad to participate next year in Tunisia!"

Learn how our event will help your business grow

Closed-door format
- 200 senior-level attendees;

- Perfect mix of stakeholders (policy makers, financiers, investors, developers, EPCs, OEMs etc.);

- Easy and efficient networking
Focus-Exhibition Area
- 30 roll-up stands max;

- Minimum efforts from your side – we print and install your stand while you only prepare the draft;

- Coffee-break zone, networking zone – all combined.
B2B-meetings services
- You select the people you want to meet;

- We introduce them to you during the event (and we guarantee it!);

- You get new leads!

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