Session Agenda

Registration

Opening remarks from the Chair

Speakers:

Professor PLO Lumumba
Professor PLO Lumumba
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Kenya School of Law

Ministerial Address: Towards a renewable energy future in Kenya

Speakers:

Hon. Charles Keter
Hon. Charles Keter
MGH, Cabinet Secretary
Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya

Speakers:

Hon. Kamayirese Germaine
Hon. Kamayirese Germaine
Minister in Charge Energy, Water and Sanitation
Ministry of Infrastructure

Speakers:

H. E. Dr. Rashid Alleem
H. E. Dr. Rashid Al Leem
Chairman
Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority

Keynote Address

Speakers:

Kerry Adler
Kerry Adler
CEO
Skypower

Speakers:

AbuBakr Bahaj
AbuBakr Bahaj
Professor, Head of Energy and Climate Change Division, Faculty of Engineering & Environment
University of Southampton

Keynote Address: The African Renewable Energy Initiative: Unlocking the potential of Africa’s energy future

Speakers:

Prof. Kevin Chika Urama
Prof. Kevin Chika Urama
Senior Advisor to the President on Inclusive and Green Growth – Strategy
Policy Development & Implementation, African Development Bank, Ivory Coast

Don't miss this timely assessment of renewable energy market progress across East Africa, providing top line data and information on developments around the region and commentary on what still needs to happen to achieve renewable energy's full potential in the region.

Speakers:

Kartik Jayaram
Kartik Jayaram
Director and Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

A recent IRENA report supports what many have long suspected, that Africa is on the brink of incredible growth in the renewable energy market. The report forecasts that renewable energy on the continent may more than quadruple by 2030 to as much as 22 percent compared to current levels of around 5 percent. The business prospects are clear, but most importantly renewable energy sources provide a potentially life-changing opportunity for the estimated 75 percent of the population in East Africa currently living without electricity as well as creating jobs and boosting national and economic development. This session will bring together policymakers and leading industry experts in active dialogue to share experiences and best practice with the aim of driving renewable energy growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • How are authorities enabling foreign investment and structuring project finance to actively set renewables plans in motion including currency certainty and marketability of programme and investment design?
  • How are changes in energy pricing and subsidy reforms impacting the viability of renewables programmes?
  • How are policymakers leveraging increasingly competitive PV prices and international cooperation to achieve workable economics and foster an enabling environment to advance clean technologies and renewable energy projects?
  • What procedures are being put in place regarding clean technology product licensing and certification to protect against technology failures and to meet international quality standards?
  • What are the plans for electricity grid expansion and important grid updates across the region and how can we optimise energy infrastructure and accelerate renewables integration?
  • How are governments supporting product innovation in micro-generation to provide greater and more affordable access to electricity in rural areas?
  • What are the latest developments in advancing cross-border interconnections to expand the electricity trade and facilitate power flows across the region?

Speakers:

Ali Zerouali
Ali Zerouali
Director of Cooperation & Partnerships
Masen
Eng. Isaac Kiva
Eng. Isaac Kiva
Director of Renewable Energy
Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya
Mairura Omwenga
Mairura Omwenga
Chairman
Town and County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK)
Eng. Mr. Lebbi Mwendavanu Kisitu Changullah
Eng. Mr. Lebbi Mwendavanu Kisitu Changullah
Secretary General
Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP), Ethiopia

Moderators:

Professor PLO Lumumba
Professor PLO Lumumba
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Kenya School of Law
13:30
Break

Break

Speakers:

Sami Khoreibi
Sami Khoreibi
Founder and CEO
Enviromena Power Systems

Whilst solar and hydropower are often considered to be the most economically viable, sustainable and immediately actionable renewable energy options in sub-Saharan Africa, that does not discount the significant potential of alternative renewable sources including wind power, geothermal and biomass. Wind energy commitments in Kenya skyrocketed from zero in 2011 to $1.1 billion in 2012. The renowned Lake Turkana wind power project has garnered international interest, attracting the largest inward investment into Kenya since its independence and upon completion due to be the largest wind farm in Africa. Africa is also welcoming the largest biomass power generation plant to be hooked into the national grid. Geothermal projects continue to emerge with Ethiopia's recent US$4 billion geothermal plant setting the benchmark for projects in the region. This session will bring together a panel of experts to debate the merits, cost-effectiveness, suitability, viability and sustainability of alternative sources of renewable energy and their potential success in the region, touching on key topics including:

  • Country specific market conditions
  • Risk assessment and risk mitigation
  • Attracting investment
  • Coherent incentives for alternative energy market development
  • Financially viable PPAs
  • Pricing trends
  • PV/diesel hybrid systems
  • Technological innovation and advancements

Speakers:

Amyn Mussa
Amyn Mussa
Partner
Anjarwalla & Khanna
Eng. Abel Rotich
Eng. Abel Rotich
Geothermal Development Director
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN), Kenya
Deo Onyango
Deo Onyango
Renewable Energy Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa
GE
Marcel Cabral
Marcel Cabral
Business Development for Africa
Gamesa
Phylip Leferink
Phylip Leferink
General Manager
Lake Turkana Wind Power, Kenya

Moderators:

Conrad Purcell
Conrad Purcell
Partner
Eversheds, UK

The efficient use of energy resources is integral to renewables and clean technology principles. This session will address some of the key questions facing the development of viable energy efficiency frameworks in East Africa.

  • How does energy efficiency fit with the power demand focus?
  • How will these projects emerge, what models will be deployed?
  • What financial models are emerging?

Speakers:

Andrew Amadi
Andrew Amadi
Secretary
Association of Energy Professionals Eastern Africa, Kenya
Eng. Margaret Kanini
Eng. Margaret Kanini
Chief Engineer
DSM & Metering Solutions, Kenya Power & Lighting Company, Kenya
Phyllis Wakiaga
Phyllis Wakiaga
Chief Executive Officer
Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya
Said Mouline
Said Mouline
Director General
Agency for Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE), Morocco
Vahid Fotuhi
Vahid Fotuhi
Managing Director, Project Origination
Access Power

Moderators:

Deo Onyango
Deo Onyango
Renewable Energy Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa
GE

Closing remarks from the Chair

Panel Chair:

Professor PLO Lumumba
Professor PLO Lumumba
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Kenya School of Law

End of day one

Opening remarks from the Chair

A 2015 UNEP report brought to light the dramatic increase in investment into developing countries' renewable energy projects, with Africa and the Middle East attracting a staggering US$12.6 billion of investment into renewable energy in 2014 up from US$8.7 billion the previous year. In fact, Kenya set a new national record, attracting an astounding US$1.3 billion in renewable energy investment in 2014. Governments are taking a progressive approach to drive renewable energy growth and development, collaborating with private sector partners and exploring alternative finance structures to achieve ambitious energy targets. However the combination of a lack of clarity in financial close, technology risks as well as exposure to currency, interest rate and inflation fluctuations can impact the perceived bankability of renewable energy projects. This session will bring together investors, financiers and leading analysts to share their thoughts and experiences on sustainable financing options for renewable projects in East Africa.

  • Regulatory framework
  • Market conditions
  • Technological advancements
  • Country specific risk assessments and risk mitigation strategies
  • Contract structure and fulfillment
  • Capital reserves
  • The role of development banks
  • The role of private equity
  • Feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) and the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model
  • Innovative approaches to lower the cost of renewable energy funding

Speakers:

Charlotte Aubin Kalaidjian
Charlotte Aubin Kalaidjian
Founding Partner
GreenWish Partners, France
Farid Mohamed
Farid Mohamed
Infrastructure and Private Investment
African Development Bank
Jeremy Crane
Jeremy Crane
Founder and CEO
Yellow Door Energy
John Ponsonby
John Ponsonby
Associate Director
Deloitte
Willy Ireri
Willy Ireri
Vice President, Energy Financial Services
GE Capital, Kenya

Moderators:

Karel De Winter
Karel De Winter
General Manager
Alsa Solar Systems Limited

This session will look at what opportunities exist outside the regulated PPA market for open market and private PPAs.

  • What has to be done to allow this market to properly develop from a regulatory perspective?
  • Is there a sufficient financially credible offtake demand?
  • How will these be financed?

Speakers:

Conrad Purcell
Conrad Purcell
Partner
Eversheds, UK

Break

There is a compelling case for solar power opportunities in the region, with PV prices at an all time low and significant advancements in distributed and micro-generation technologies. Given the inefficiencies and high costs associated with alternative power sources, solar has proven hugely popular in places where it has been available and governments across the region are working hard to develop sustainable models to drive solar power projects. This session will bring together leading authorities and solar market experts to share their insights on the future of solar power in East Africa.

  • What is the market potential for solar micro-grids and storage?
  • How can the region accelerate investment into micro and mini grids?
  • How can the region expand 'pay-as-you-go' solar power for off-grid households?
  • How can the industry leverage innovations and advancements in battery storage systems?
  • How can the industry develop a collaborative approach to create sustainable PV programmes?
  • The future of solar in Africa: How can the region move towards utilities scale solar and widespread grid integration?

Speakers:

Cornelius Matthes
Cornelius Matthes
CEO
Pawame
Jesse Moore
Jesse Moore
CEO
M-KOPA Solar
Joseph Abi Nader
Joseph Abi Nader
Business Development Manager - Solar Energie MENA
TÜV Rheinland
Sander Trestain
Sander Trestain
Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer
Enviromena Power Systems
Conrad Whitaker
Conrad Whitaker
Global Distributor Delivery Manager
Azuri Technologies, Kenya

Moderators:

Dr. Nabih Cherradi
Dr. Nabih Cherradi
Chief Technology Officer
Desert Technologies’

According to the World Bank, hydropower represents the most economically viable, large-scale source of energy for sub-Saharan Africa. For this reason, nine of the 15 energy projects prioritized by African governments within the 2012-2020 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa are investments in hydropower. Similar to solar power, the greatest opportunities in hydropower in the immediate term are in small-scale, off-grid generation. Our panel of industry experts will come together to discuss developments in hydropower and how the region can better exploit the full potential of this renewable resource going forward.

  • What is the potential for small-scale hydropower (SHP) for electricity generation in sub-Saharan Africa?
  • How can regional governments leverage advancements in SHP technologies to expand rural electrification in an efficient and affordable way?
  • How can the regional governments accelerate investment into hydropower projects?
  • What is the potential for large-scale hydropower projects in East Africa and how can these be developed in an economically viable way whilst minimizing environmental impact?
  • Is hydropower an easier solution for balancing intermittency?
  • The future of hydropower in Africa: How can the region accelerate exploitation of its vast hydropower potential?

Speakers:

Daniel Klinck
Daniel Klinck
Chief Executive Officer; East Africa Power; Chief Operating Officer,
DC Hydropower, Rwanda
Elias Ako
Elias Ako
Chairman, Department of Energy Technology
Kenyatta University, Kenya
Dr. Geofrey Bakkabulindi
Dr. Geofrey Bakkabulindi
Manager
Get FiT Secretariat, Uganda

Moderators:

Mairura Omwenga
Mairura Omwenga
Chairman
Town and County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK)
13:30
Break

Break

Kenya has taken a leading role and is seen as a driving force behind renewable energy in Africa. The country's long-term development plan in line with Kenya Vision 2030 is to produce over 19,000MW from renewable sources by 2030.

Speakers:

Caroline N. Kimathi
Caroline N. Kimathi
Renewable Energy Manager
Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya

The Ugandan government's policy vision has a significant emphasis on renewable energy development, with the aim of increasing the use of renewable energy from current level of 4 percent to over 60 percent of the country's total energy consumption by the year 2017.

Speakers:

Dr. Geofrey Bakkabulindi
Dr. Geofrey Bakkabulindi
Manager
Get FiT Secretariat, Uganda

Ethiopia has one of the world's lowest rates of access to modern electricity, with over 92 percent of the country's energy supply currently derived from waste and biomass sources. However, Ethiopia's renewables potential is huge, with hydropower potential alone estimated to be as much 45,000 MW.

Speakers:

Lynne Wells
Lynne Wells
Senior Associate - Banking and Finance
Eversheds, UK

Countries across sub-Saharan Africa have struggled with significant challenges ranging from political instability and widespread poverty to insufficient grid infrastructure and a lack of coordinated, coherent energy policy. However, in recent years there has been a tremendous spike of interest – and investment – in renewable energy potential with regional leaders earmarking energy sector reform as a key focus of national development programmes. How can the region develop a clear, collaborative approach, between nations as well as public and private sector partners, to deliver real, sustained change and development not only in the energy sector but ultimately in improving the quality of life for millions of Africans in the process.

Policymaker: What more can regional governments do to diversify their energy mix and create a regulatory framework that incentivizes and enables renewable energy project development?

Developer: What are key factors influencing development decisions and how can we align public and private sector objectives to exploit the full potential of East Africa's renewable energy resources?

Investor: What lessons can be learnt from public and private investment experiences in renewable energy projects and how are investors and financiers currently assessing market opportunities around the region? What structures need to be in place to facilitate capital into renewable energy projects?

Adviser: What is the future of renewable energy in East Africa? What are the key challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the immediate, medium and long-term?

Speakers:

Aleem Tharani
Aleem Tharani
Partner
Anjarwalla & Khanna
Charles Muchunku
Charles Muchunku
Independent Renewable Energy Consultant
Kenya
Caroline N. Kimathi
Caroline N. Kimathi
Renewable Energy Manager
Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya
Joseph Abi Nader
Joseph Abi Nader
Business Development Manager - Solar Energie MENA
TÜV Rheinland

Moderators:

Lynne Wells
Lynne Wells
Senior Associate - Banking and Finance
Eversheds, UK

Closing remarks from the Chair and end of Africa Renewable Energy Summit

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