25-26 April 2017 /// Lagos
25-26 April 2017 /// Lagos
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 organized 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 was 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.
The first Solar PV conference focused solely on the Nigerian market
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
25-26 April 2017 /// Lagos
25-26 April 2017 /// Lagos
It's safe to say that the first edition of The Solar Future Nigeria - which was also the very first event in the country fully dedicated to solar PV - was a hugely successful conference and a landmark event for the solar industry in Nigeria. It became crystal clear how much need and how much potential there is for solar applications in Nigeria, which is such an exciting market with its booming economy and unimaginable hunger for energy.
Though there are important hurdles to overcome on the way to getting solar applied on a significant scale, it was encouraging to see such a large group of professionals eager to overcome those challenges and make it all happen, combining the best elements of local entrepreneurship and international experience and support. Innovative solutions and business models in all segments - large scale, mini-grid, off-grid - were discussed and important issues related to financing, risks and instabilities were met head-on by the experts on stage. As always, networking was a key element in the event, with many opportunities for the attendees to make important connections to accelerate their businesses.
“A great event for the Solar industry in Nigeria. The conference was very well organised offering rich content and excellent networking opportunities. We look forward to taking part next year!”
- Marketing Director - Solynta Energy
“The right conference, the right people, the right companies at the right time.”
- Business Strategy and Planning Advisor - AllOn
“A must attend for anyone interested in Nigeria's solar industry.”
- Consultant - Power for All
“The conference was a game-changer for the Nigerian solar community. It marks the beginning of a new phase in Nigeria.”
- CEO/Managing Director - The Solar House - Brone Renewables Ltd
|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.|
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.
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.|
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.|
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.
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.
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’.
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.|
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.
PARTNER - DETAIL COMMERCIAL SOLICITORS
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.
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:
“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
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Tom van Dorp
+31 10 302 7906
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