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The Solar Future Nigeria


25-26 April 2017 /// Lagos

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The Solar Future Nigeria


25-26 April 2017 /// Lagos

Join 200+ high level executives to discuss the challenges & opportunities in the immediate future for Nigeria’s On-grid & Distributed Solar Power Market

DIAMOND SPONSOR

Nigeria is considered one of the biggest economies in Africa with more than 182 million people, yet about 55% of the population has no access to grid-connected electricity.

As the Nigerian government and the private sector are increasingly turning towards Solar PV to solve this issue, Nigeria is emerging to be one of the most attractive solar markets in the region. 

Solarplaza is organizing The Solar Future Nigeria, a 2-day conference focusing on the opportunities and challenges in this exciting and evolving landscape, to be the key-platform for all stakeholders to connect.
This will be Solarplaza’s 8th event in Africa. Get informed on the latest policies and regulations, market trends and project finance mechanisms, and network during exclusive workshops, roundtables and by using our networking platform.

Key characteristics

The first Solar PV conference focused solely on the Nigerian market
 

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All relevant companies, developers, financiers and investors and decision makers in one place for unparalleled networking opportunities

Covering the full solar PV electrification spectrum: from utility scale to pico-solar and in between

Tailored B2B Business and Finance matchmaking session, connecting projects with financiers and other key market participants

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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


DIAMOND SPONSOR
 
 
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NETWORKING SPONSORS
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STRATEGIC PARTNERS
SUPPORTING PARTNERS
MEDIAPARTNERS
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Speakers


Speakers


MAHAMA KAPPIAH /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - ECREEE
Mahama Kappiah is the Executive Director of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). He was eminent in the establishment of the Centre which aims to ensure increased access to reliable, affordable and clean energy in West Africa. Under his leadership, ECREEE has attained international recognition as a unique regional renewable energy and energy efficiency promotion agency in Africa. Prior to the establishment of ECREEE, Mahama Kappiah was Head of the ECOWAS Energy Division. Some of his achievements include the creation of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulation Authority (ERERA). Before that, he worked in the Planning and Development Department of the Volta River Authority (VRA) of Ghana. He is a member of the REN21 Board and has over 25 years of experience working on sustainable development issues related to energy, environment and climate change.
MAHAMA KAPPIAH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - ECREEE
YESUFU ALONGE /// GENERAL MANAGER - NBET
Yesufu Longe Alonge joined the NBET team as the General Manager, Power Procurement and Power Contracts in June 2012 after fourteen years in the private sector. Longe has worked over thirteen years in the Power Generation sector of the Nigerian Energy Industry in several capacities, most recently being the Technical and Operations Manager for AES Nig. Barge Operations Limited were he led the Commercial, Technical and Operation aspect of the business. This post he held till joining NBET in 2012. Based on his performance in AES, Engr. Alonge was chosen to attend several AES trainings overseas notably the AES Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia Business School, Darden, USA September 2007.
Longe holds a First class honors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Benin where he was valedictorian for that session and also earned an MBA degree from the same university. He completed a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos and is a registered member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).
Longe is married with three children.
YESUFU ALONGE
GENERAL MANAGER - NBET
EKAETE OKORO /// MANAGER EXTERNAL AFFAIRS & STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS - ALL ON
Ekaete (Eka) Okoro is All On’s Manager, External Affairs and Strategic Partnerships. She is responsible for opening and managing new frontiers of beneficial external relationships for All On through strategic partnerships with government, co-investors, development agencies, sector experts and other key players in renewable energy. She is also responsible for developing and implementing external communications, managing market intelligence, managing and advocating critical policy issues, and effectively positioning All On’s brand to create a positive image for the organization and help deliver its strategy.
EKAETE OKORO
MANAGER EXTERNAL AFFAIRS & STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS - ALL ON
FEMI FADUGBA /// SR INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE - CROSSBOUNDARY ENERGY
Femi Fadugba leads CrossBoundary Energy’s business development and portfolio management in West Africa. CrossBoundary Energy is Africa’s first investment fund for commercial and industrial solar – recent projects include a 1MW facility at Garden City in Kenya and a 1.5MW facility being constructed for Kasapreko in Ghana. A Togo-born Nigerian, Mr. Fadugba has also lived and worked in Rwanda and Tanzania. Mr. Fadugba holds a first-class Master of Engineering degree from Oxford University where he published in quantum physics, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied as a Thouron Scholar. Prior to joining CrossBoundary, Mr. Fadugba worked in BCG's Energy and Industrial Goods practices where he managed cross-functional teams in the implementation of priority growth initiatives in the US, Africa and Latin America. Mr. Fadugba has worked in two early stage energy ventures including One Degree Solar and Rare Energy, a UK-based recruitment firm which he co-founded in 2011.
FEMI FADUGBA
SR INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE - CROSSBOUNDARY ENERGY
ILANA COHEN /// SR. MARKET ENGAGEMENT MANAGER - GSMA MOBILE FOR DEVELOPMENT UTILITIES PROGRAMME
Ilana Cohen manages the Innovation Grant Fund for the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Programme. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Through support from the UK’s Department for International Development, the Mobile for Development Utilities programme promotes the use of mobile technology for driving greater access to energy, water and sanitation services for the underserved. The Innovation Grant Fund supports organisations that are piloting or scaling these innovative service delivery models and shares learnings with the broader sector.
Ilana holds an MSc Water Science, Policy and Management from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Brandeis University. Prior her work at the GSMA, Ilana’s Master’s research on the use of mobile payments for water bills in Kenya led her to two years of consulting for water and sanitation organisations and international donors, advising on the application of mobile tools. Prior to this Ilana worked as an environmental consultant. Ilana is based in the GSMA’s Nairobi office.
ILANA COHEN
SR. MANAGER - GSMA MOBILE FOR DEVELOPMENT UTILITIES PROGRAMME
OLOWO OLASUNKANMI /// HEAD SME & VALUE CHAIN BANKING - ECOBANK NIGERIA
Mr. Olasunkanmi has over 25 years of experience in finance and banking, and has been with Ecobank Nigeria for over about 12 years with the majority of the years spent in the SME department of the bank - including the headship of the unit for over 7 years. He has set up the Renewable energy initiatives and the RE finance of Ecobank Nigeria and started the Value chain banking business of the Bank.
Mr. Olasunkanmi holds and MBA, a Bachelor of Science and has undergone several trainings both locally and overseas in areas covering Leadership, Credit structuring, project finance, RE finance, SMEs Management, Customer service, Risk Management, Bank operations etc.
OLOWO OLASUNKANMI
HEAD SME & VALUE CHAIN BANKING - ECOBANK NIGERIA
MARCUS HEAL /// FOUNDER & CEO - PAN AFRICA SOLAR
Marcus is the founder and CEO of the Abuja and London based company Pan Africa Solar Limited, focused on developing and investing in a 500MW pipeline of utility scale solar projects and rolling out Home Solar Systems to the 93 million Nigerians that have no access to the grid.
Pan Africa Solar is well known in Nigeria as the ‘front-runner’ solar developer. For their 75MW solar project in Katsina State, Pan Africa Solar were the first to obtain a Generation License, first to sign a PPA and hope to be the first to reach financial close in Q2, 2018.
Marcus has gained unparalleled experience in developing a solar business where none existed and then developing bankable utility scale projects in Africa’s largest and most challenging country. ‘Where documentation for a solar project did not exist in Nigeria we created them and then negotiated with the State stakeholders to adopt them’, says Marcus. In the meantime we are rolling out Home Solar Systems on a Pay As You Go basis and expect to reach 1,000,000 customers in the next 5 years. ‘There is demand now for affordable home solar systems. We provide a service based model and guarantee long term reliability’.
MARCUS HEAL
FOUNDER & CEO - PAN AFRICA SOLAR
OLIVER ANDREWS /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CIO - AFC
Oliver Andrews was appointed AFC's Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer in September 2014. Until his appointment, he was the Corporation's Director and Chief Coverage Officer, responsible for the origination and coverage division, and prior to that was the CEO of Africa Infrastructure. In his current capacity, Oliver is responsible for creating the corporation's deal pipeline, leading end-to-end deal execution and managing the Corporation's investment portfolio. As an entrepreneurial engineer and transport economist with extensive background in engineering, transport and project finance, Oliver has over 30 years' experience in the various infrastructure sectors and 20 years as an infrastructure project developer, financier and strategic adviser. Formerly CEO of TCI Infrastructure Limited (TCII) and the Gambia Ports Authority, he has successfully directed numerous infrastructure deals in Africa leading project development teams providing strategic, policy, program and commercial advice on infrastructure development issues to development financial institutions, international corporations, and Governments both in Africa and Europe.
OLIVER ANDREWS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CIO - AFC
DOLAPO KUKOYI /// PARTNER - DETAIL COMMERCIAL SOLICITORS
Dolapo Kukoyi is a Partner at Detail Commercial Solicitors and leads the firm’s Power Practice. She is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Nigeria’s Power sector having worked for government agencies, regulators and private parties on various Power transactions. Her transactional experience includes advising the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on the 213 billion naira Intervention Fund for the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry and advising clients on the privatization of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria and National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) assets in the Nigerian Power sector.

Dolapo also played an active role as a member of a core negotiating team nominated by the Disco Roundtable and Investor Group (pressure groups created by bidders in the privatised Distribution Companies and the NIPP asests) to negotiate with the Nigerian Government and Regulators on issues common to them. She also recently lead a team working with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme and NERC on a regulation for Mini-grids.
Dolapo’s attention to the intricacies of every brief sets her apart as a pillar of support to clients.
DOLAPO KUKOYI
PARTNER - DETAIL COMMERCIAL SOLICITORS
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Program


Program


DAY 1 - 25th April

Session 1 - Introduction and Overview of the Market Potential of the Nigerian Solar PV Sector

Session 2 - Regulatory Issues, Policies and Funding mechanisms for Solar PV in Nigeria

Session 3 - Financing: Structuring Bankable Deals and Attracting Capital

DAY 2 - 26th April

Session 4 - Mitigating Financial and Operational Risks associated with Nigerian Solar PV Projects

Session 5 - The Road Ahead: Fulfilling Nigeria’s Solar Potential

B2B Matchmakinga structured information and matchmaking session that will bring together businesses and financiers. Organized by SolarPower Europe and supported by RECP. LEARN MORE

SIDE WORKSHOP - 27th April

Closed-door Workshop organized by
Power Africa, Global LEAP and Lumos.

 
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Venue


Venue


The venue for The Solar Future Nigeria will be the

InterContinental Lagos


InterContinental Lagos is located on Victoria Island, in the centre of Lagos, home to major consulates and multinational companies, making it the perfect residence for affluent business and diplomatic travellers. Built on an elevated terrain overlooking Lagos’ port, the hotel offers uninterrupted spectacular views of the Lagos Skyline, ample meeting space and grandiose accommodations. Finest restaurants in Victoria Island with an array of dining options from cosmopolitan to Nigerian delicacies.


InterContinental Lagos

Kofo Abayomi Street - plot 52
Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria


+234-1-2366666
More information

 

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News and Resources


News and Resources


News and Articles


Resources

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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


"Empowering professionals in solar business development by building the most valuable solar PV network"

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  • ESTABLISHED IN 2004

  • 85+ EVENTS

  • 25+ COUNTRIES

    FROM CHILE TO CHINA

  • 50.000 + 

    PV PROFESSIONALS IN OUR NETWORK


Contact us

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

PROJECT MANAGER

Eveline Jansen
+31 10 302 7907
eveline@solarplaza.com

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Tom van Dorp
+31
10 302 7906
t.vandorp@solarplaza.com

For inquiries on media partnerships and marketing opportunities, reach out to:

MARKETEER

Kasper Bout
+31 10 3027912
kasper@solarplaza.com

 
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Track Record


Track Record


SOLARPLAZA EVENT TRACK RECORD

As a professional solar event organizer, Solarplaza has hosted 80 events in 25 countries around the world, ranging from exploratory trade missions in emerging markets to large-scale conferences with 450+ participants.

We've successfully organized market-focused conferences in countries around the world, including events in emerging markets like Senegal, South Africa, Mexico, Panama, India and Thailand. Apart from that, we've also hosted many in-depth topic-focused events. These have ranged from events diving into financing for developing countries, conferences on crowdfunding for renewables and specific financing structures like yieldcos; to technical events on operations & maintenance and asset management.


Solarplaza has organized multiple events on and about the African continent, among which:
 

  • Unlocking Solar Capital Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)

  • Solar Finance Solutions Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) 

  • Solar/Diesel Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) 

  • Competitive Solar Solutions West Africa (Dakar, Senegal)

“Amidst the sea of renewable energy conferences, this one stood out. Well-organized, well-attended by decision makers. Glad I attended.” - Co-Founder /// Gigawatt Global

“A landmark event signaling the tipping point of the breakthrough of solar in developing countries.” - Co-Founder /// WakaWaka

“Effectively bridged emerging markets developers with western sources of finance.” - Managing Director /// nv vogt Singapore