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The Solar Future Nigeria


15-16 May 2018 /// Abuja

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The Solar Future Nigeria


15-16 May 2018 /// Abuja

Join 250+ 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 organizes 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 10th 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

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

Whitepaper Nigeria 2018

Do you need a compact update on where the Nigerian solar PV market stands? Download the whitepaper now and get the latest insights in this dynamic and altering market.

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Webinar


Webinar


Webinar Recordings


PAST WEBINAR /// DESERT TO POWER

RECORDINGS ARE AVAILABLE

Join the webinar and learn more about the Desert to Power initiative designed to change the Sahel region (including Nigeria) into the world's largest PV powerhouse, impacting the lives of 160 million people by providing clean and affordable energy.

Ousseynou Nakoulima, Director of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the AfDB, will explain more about:

  • The scope, background and envisioned impact of the initiative, 
  • The partnerships that drive the program,
  • Private sector opportunities in both the on-grid and off-grid segment. 

Take part in the Q&A session to directly ask your questions regarding the program at Mr. Nakoulima

OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA /// DIRECTOR FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFDB
Nakoulima, a Senegalese, holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Business School, USA and Master degrees in Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines in Paris. He brings along more than 15 years of experience in energy, climate change, international banking and financial sector development. Nakoulima has been the Director at the Green Climate Fund in Korea since 2014, with global responsibility for partnerships, country strategies and project preparation support. He was responsible for managing relationships with 140 countries, advising them on how to develop low carbon and climate resilient programs, while managing substantial financial resources for technical assistance and project development. As member of the senior management team of the Green Climate Fund, he was instrumental in the successful launch of the Fund, which has mobilized significant resources for renewable energy projects globally. Before joining the Green Climate Fund, he worked at BNP PARIBAS from 2009 to 2014 in Paris and then in Senegal. As Deputy CEO of the local subsidiary, he positioned the Bank as lead advisor of the Government of Senegal in energy and infrastructure. He proposed innovative schemes to finance the overhaul of the electricity sector and coordinated the financing of a major airport project. He oversaw the mobile banking business to develop the concept for low-income banking and established new business lines including factoring, leasing and commodity finance. Nakoulima had earlier on worked at the African Development Bank as Senior Investment Officer between 2002 and 2009, having joined the Bank as a Young Professional. During that time, he developed projects in fifteen countries in power, water, sanitation and infrastructure and led teams in high impact transactions, including a corporate loan to Eskom, the power utility of South Africa, a private hydropower project in Madagascar and the Bank’s first Public-Private advisory activity for a hydropower program in West Africa.
OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA
DIRECTOR FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFDB
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Program


Program


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

CONFERENCE DAY 1 - 15 MAY

The status of solar pv in Nigeria: an overview

Analysis on the latest developments and key characteristics of the Nigerian solar PV market.

Panel: The status of solar pv in Nigeria: an overview

Is Nigeria losing its position as frontier market for on-grid solar investments?
Mini-grid and C&I solar, thriving industry through flexibility and innovation.
The latest on spearheading off-grid developments.

Public facilitation of private initiatives

The role of the Nigerian public sector in the development of the national solar pv sector Legislation for growth How can Nigerian policy and legislation sufficiently meet market needs?
The Nigerian public sector: part of the risk or the solution?
Public risk decreasing interventions and public risk mitigation tools.

Side Sessions

Disclose opportunity for multi MW developments in Nigeria
The pursuit of rural electrification

On customs & taxes

How to navigate Nigerian customs and tax authorities?
Discussion on lessons learned and potential for improvement.
Supporting tax interventions that back the growth of solar pv in Nigeria.

Closing Speech

CONFERENCE DAY 2 - 16 MAY

C&I workshop From diesel to solar - When companies turn to solar

Main considerations when turning to solar pv
How to embark on the road to solar
Contracts & finance

C&I Business case & Q&A

The road to bankable projects

Innovative business concepts
How to improve the bankability of your project?
What are local commercial banks looking for?
Structuring bankable solar projects

De-risking of solar pv projects in Nigeria

Dealing with the high-risk perception in Nigeria. How to analyse actual risk-levels.
Strategies to reduce risk during project development.
Anticipating on waving naira rates
The quest for local commercial investments.

Closing Keynote

Matchmaking

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Speakers


Speakers


MARTIN HAUPTS /// CEO - PHANES GROUP
Martin Haupts founded Phanes Group in 2012, giving the firm a distinct renewable energy and emerging market focus. He has orchestrated the company's transition from an advisory-focused firm to an integrated solar developer and investment manager with a transaction volume exceeding USD 250 million.
He has led key deals for Phanes Group, including the largest distributed PV solar project in the Middle East, the largest PV solar project in the Caribbean, and secured a 260 MW project portfolio in Nigeria as well as in several other sub-Saharan markets.
With 17 years in asset management and infrastructure finance, Martin has a wealth of experience in structuring and in-depth expertise in the cleantech industry and Islamic Finance. He was the Head of Asset Management for the UAE-based Gulf Merchant Bank, and established Dubai-based Themar Partners that was later merged into Phanes Group. Prior to this he worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management in London and Zurich as a Global COO Products and Solutions.
Martin holds an MBA from INSEAD, France/ Singapore, and a Masters in Corporate Law from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
MARTIN HAUPTS
CEO - PHANES GROUP
SEGUN ADAJU /// CEO - CONSISTENT ENERGY
Segun Adaju is the CEO of Consistent Energy. Segun has provided expert services as a consultant on renewable energy to various organisations such as UNDP, Bank of Industry Nigeria, Ecobank Nigeria, USAID, Winrock International, World Bank Group, Federal Government of Nigeria, Hienrich Boll Foundation, CTI Private Finance Advisory Network, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves etc. He has been playing a key role in creating access to clean energy for off-grid communities and poor rural households in Nigeria and a leading advocate for the removal of fuel subsidy in the Nigerian energy sector. As the Public Relations Officer of the Association of Nigerian Solar Energy Promoters, he has also led the advocacy for the creation of a level playing field for clean energy technologies and supported policy framework including mobilising rural women to advocate for increasing access to energy for the underserved. He brings his over two decades of commercial, retail and microfinance banking experience to bare on increasing access to finance across the renewable energy value chain.
Segun holds a B.Sc degree in Economics and MBA from the University of Lagos Nigeria and has attended executive training programs in Harvard Business School, MIT/Sloan School of Management, Frankfurt School of Management/UNEP, Lagos Business School and Renewables Academy Berlin.
SEGUN ADAJU
CEO - CONSISTENT ENERGY
HABIBA ALI /// CEO & MANAGING DIRECTOR - SOSAI RENEWABLE ENERGIES COMPANY
Habiba Ali is the CEO and Managing Director of SOSAI Renewable Energies Company Nigeria. SOSAI Renewable energies offers reliable and sustainable products such as solar lamps, solar home systems and water filters to the people of mostly the rural and peri urban communities of Northern Nigeria. Currently, SOSAI Renewable Energies focus on empowering communities and businesses with solar technologies.
Prior to founding SOSAI Renewable Energies, Habiba Ali worked at Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) as a co-founder and National Coordinator, where she started to involve in renewable energy industries in 2005. During this time, she worked on the CDM project Efficient Cook Stoves for Nigeria, The Solar Lamps Assembly and sales training programs, Solar Dryers for Healthy foods project and a host of others.
Currently, Habiba Ali is the Interim Vice President of Renewable Energies Association of Nigeria. She also actively joins as a member of several organizations such as the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves, Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves and the Nigerian Energy Network.
Habiba Ali possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, A master’s in Banking and Finance and currently at Dissertation level of PhD in Management (Finance).
HABIBA ALI
CEO & MANAGING DIRECTOR - SOSAI RENEWABLE ENERGIES COMPANY
MARCUS WATSON /// ASSOCIATE PARTNER - DALBERG
Marcus is an Associate Partner in Dalberg’s Nairobi office, where he leads teams advising corporates, private investors, and development finance institutions on strategy planning, performance, and investment across Africa. He has a particular sector focus in energy & infrastructure, financial services, and private equity. He is the Africa lead of Dalberg’s Energy & Infrastructure practice.
Marcus’ recent engagements have included developing strategy for a growth-stage tech firm in E. Africa, conducting feasibility and planning for a US-based green-field investor to develop an industrial park in W. Africa, and designing one of the largest renewable energy debt facilities in Africa.
Prior to joining Dalberg, Marcus worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC and Grassroots Business Fund in Nairobi. At the start of his career, Marcus worked as a private equity lawyer in London, where he advised private equity funds on fund formation and M&A. Marcus has a BA from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in International Development and Economics from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and is a qualified attorney in England & Wales.
MARCUS WATSON
ASSOCIATE PARTNER /// DALBERG
ANDREW HERSCOWITZ /// COORDINATOR - POWER AFRICA
Andrew M. Herscowitz is the Coordinator for Power Africa. Prior to this assignment, he served as USAID's mission director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as deputy mission director in Peru from 2009 to 2011. In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s supervisory regional legal adviser for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service after earning a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2005, the Federal Bar Association recognized Herscowitz as one of the five most outstanding lawyers under the age of 35 in the U.S. Government.
ANDREW HERSCOWITZ
COORDINATOR - POWER AFRICA
ABIODUN ONI /// HEAD OF POWER & INFRASTRUCTURE - STANBIC IBTC BANK
Abiodun joined Stanbic IBTC in 2010 and served in the Transactional Products & Services (TPS) team as Sector Head, Oil, Gas & Telecoms Corporates from where he joined Power & Infrastructure team in January 2011. He played a key role in developing the bank’s strategy for the Power Sector in 2012 and in securing mandates in excess of $200 million in 2013 for acquisition finance of PHCN. Abiodun played a key role in Stanbic IBTC’s bid and success in the tender for Settlement Bank for NBET in 2014. He works closely with government stakeholders in the Power sector, ie NERC, TCN and NBET.
Before joining Stanbic IBTC, Abiodun Oni was employed as a graduate trainee in Guaranty Trust Bank in 2003, where worked in Oil & Gas in various capacities in the upstream and downstream sectors including Head, Downstream marketing, over 7 years.
Abiodun had is undergraduate studies at the University of Ilorin, where he graduated with a BSc in Statistics in 2000.
ABIODUN ONI
HEAD OF POWER & INFRASTRUCTURE - STANBIC IBTC BANK
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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


The international 2-day event will involve 250+ high-level decision makers from around the world.

Several opportunities are available to build and promote your brand to a diverse, yet focused group of high level international and local stakeholders including investors, financiers, project developers, EPC’s IPP’s and manufacturers.

Options include:

  • Tailor-made branding and networking focused packages including elements in both the exclusive trade mission and broader regional conference
  • Opportunity to host a specific memorable networking activity in exclusive locations in Nigeria
  • Facilitation of 1-on-1 meetings with key stakeholders
  • Visibility through both on and offline international marketing campaign
  • Possibility to have speaking involvement through presentation or panel discussion
  • Possibility to host or moderate a round-table discussion or lunch table during conference
  • Unparalleled access to unique networking opportunities with a targeted group
CONTACT
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Laura Fortes
+31 10 3027911
laura@solarplaza.com

DIAMOND SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSORS

NETWORKING SPONSORS

 

EXHIBITION SPONSORS

STRATEGIC PARTNER

 

MEDIA PARTNERS

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Venue


Venue


The venue for The Solar Future Nigeria is the

Sheraton Abuja Hotel

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2017 Edition


25-26 April 2017 /// Lagos

2017 Edition


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

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News and Resources


News and Resources


News and Articles


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Track Record


Track Record


SOLARPLAZA EVENT TRACK RECORD

As a professional solar event organizer, Solarplaza has hosted over 100 events in 30 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 2017 (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

  • The Solar Future Nigeria 2017 (Lagos, Nigeria)

  • Unlocking Solar Capital Africa 2016 (Nairobi, Kenya)

  • Solar Finance Solutions Africa 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) 

  • Competitive Solar Solutions West Africa 2014 (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

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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


"To positively impact the world by accelerating the sustainable energy transition"

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  • ESTABLISHED IN 2004

  • 100+ EVENTS

  • 30+ COUNTRIES

    FROM CHILE TO CHINA

  • 60.000 + 

    PV PROFESSIONALS IN OUR NETWORK


Contact us

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

PROJECT MANAGER

Lydia van Os
+31 10 3027908
lydia@solarplaza.com

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For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Laura Fortes
+31 10 3027911
laura@solarplaza.com

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

MARKETEER

Irene Rodríguez Martín
+31 10 3027912
irene@solarplaza.com

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Register Now


Register Now


Registration

PRICING

EARLY BIRD
Until 15 April
REGULAR
Until 14 May
LATE BIRD
at the door
Local Organizations*₦250,000₦275,000₦300,000
International Organizations€875€930€1000
*Local stakeholders / organizations are those which are headquartered in Nigeria