|GOLD SPONSOR /// FENIX INTERNATIONAL|
|Fenix International's mission is to transform customers’ quality of life through disruptive innovation in energy and financial services. Fenix has sold over 500,000 solar home systems, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TVs and more to over 2 million people. Fenix is a company of ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies and a leader in the move to renewable, decentralised and digital energy. Already the market leader in Uganda and Zambia, Fenix has expanded into new markets - Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Mozambique - and continues to work towards providing more affordable, inclusive, and income-generating products. Together, Fenix and ENGIE are making universal access to modern energy a reality.|
|Fenix International Website|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// TCX|
|The Currency Exchange Fund N.V. (“TCX”) is a development finance initiative that offers currency derivatives in financial markets where such products are not available or poorly accessible.
TCX acts as a market‐maker in currencies and maturities not covered by banks. A key objective of the Fund is to allow lenders and borrowersto hedge currency mismatchesthatresult from cross‐border financing involving frontier markets.
TCX typically offers longer‐dated products to support longer‐term local currency finance. TCX covers over 70 currencies worldwide. Since starting operationsin 2008, TCX has hedged over USD 3.6 billion of local currency loans. By December 2015, the Fund’s portfolio of cross currency swaps and forwards amounted to over USD 1.3 billion spread across 50 currencies and 650 transactions. TCX’s investor base consists of development finance institutions and microfinance investment vehicles active in emerging and frontier markets.
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// EM-ONE|
|EM-ONE was founded in 2009 with the fundamental belief that everyone deserves access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy. With over 10 years operating in West Africa’s power sector, we leverage our years of experience to design & deploy sustainable energy solutions and smart electricity infrastructure that convert the region’s diverse electrification challenges into streamlined opportunities. To date, we have successfully designed & built over 400 off-grid and grid-tied modular and scalable solar microgrids in West Africa that meet the energy requirements of our clients today while preparing for those of tomorrow. From strategy development through to project implementation, we provide end-to-end services, providing lasting value to our clients. Our services include; energy & data analytics, consulting and turnkey EPC. Our global headquarters are situated in Toronto, Canada and our regional office is in Abuja, Nigeria. We leverage our strong local knowledge with industry best practices, innovative technologies and strategic partnerships to transform aging power infrastructure into decentralized, decarbonized and digitalized energy systems.|
|EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// AZURI|
|Azuri Technologies is a commercial provider of PayGo solar systems for rural off-grid communities and has the widest reach of any off-grid provider in sub-Saharan Africa. With innovative tech solutions address that problem of lack of energy access, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world. Azuri’s off-grid solar solutions are integrated with local mobile money technology which ensures that clean, solar energy is an affordable alternative to kerosene.
Providing safe, renewable power to families across rural sub-Saharan Africa, Azuri’s solar home systems have been shown to have a significant impact on customers lives and the environment. To date, Azuri has sold more than 150,000 systems across Africa, impacting the lives of more than 750,000 people.
Founded in 2012 with their headquarters based in Cambridge, United Kingdom; the majority of their staff are based in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia. Azuri is Present in 12 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The company’s work and impact have been honoured by a number of prestigious recognitions, such as the “Gold Winner of the Edison Awards” for using artificial intelligence in domestic solar systems, the UN Climate change award, the Ashden award and many others.
|Azuri Energy Website|
|EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// Greenlight Planet|
|Greenlight Planet is a for-profit social business that designs, distributes, and finances solar energy products with an under-served population in mind: the 1.3 billion global consumers for whom the old-fashioned electrical grid is unavailable or too expensive. Since its founding in 2009, the company has become a leading global provider of solar-energy products selling nearly 12 million units to more than 10 million households and impacting nearly 52 million rural consumers in 40 countries in the Americas, Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia and Asia PacificFrom its wide range of trusted Sun King™ solar lamps and home energy systems, to its innovative distribution partnerships, to its flexible EasyBuy™ pay-as-you-go financing model, Greenlight Planet continuously strives to meet the evolving needs of the off-grid market and underserved consumers.A truly global enterprise, Greenlight Planet has offices in 8 countries throughout Africa and Asia, and a total of 1,175 employees. Its team of more than 3,000 sales agents keeps the company directly in touch with rural consumers’ needs in Africa. Also, Greenlight Planet works with a vast international network of distribution partners, from large micro-finance institutions to local micro-entrepreneurs, expanding the reach of solar energy products. With over ten years of experience, Greenlight Planet is determined to continue setting the gold standard for performance and design, while powering human potential.|
|Greenlight Planet Website|
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// RISEN ENERGY|
|Risen Energy is a world leading Tier 1 manufacturer of high-performance solar photovoltaic products. We also provide total business solutions for residential, commercial and utility-scale power generation.
Risen Energy was founded in 1986 and was publicly listed in 2010. For more than thirty years we have been generating value for our customers around the globe.
Risen Energy's total Solar PV business solutions are among the most advanced and cost-effective in the industry. They are characterized by constant techno-commercial innovation, consummate quality and reliable support.
With local market presence and strong financial bankability status, we are committed to building strategic, mutually beneficial collaboration with our partners. In this way, together we can capitalize on the rising value of green energy.
|Risen Energy Website|
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// ELECTRIFI|
The Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI) is a EUR 215 million impact investment facility for renewable energy companies active on- and off-grid in emerging markets.
The facility is funded by the EU and provides debt and equity financing for small-scale private companies. It focuses on new or improved electricity connections as well as on generation capacity from sustainable energy sources and energy efficiency. Typical business models include mini-grids, solar home systems, independent power projects (IPP) and captive power production. ElectriFI also invests in enterprises active in energy efficiency or energy savings including a cleaner production mix.
ElectriFI operates globally with the support of Power Africa and Sweden. In addition, it has developed customised investment strategies targeting specific countries and regions; currently Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Zambia and the Pacific region.
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// INACCESS|
|Established in 2000, with a focus on renewable energy infrastructure management, Inaccess specializes in SCADA monitoring and control systems for utility-scale plants, including energy storage and hybrid generation. The company designs and develops state-of-the-art products and solutions that enable its customers to maximize the viability and effectiveness of their investments through performance optimization and OPEX reduction. Today, Inaccess systems manage over 10GW of PV generation across 2500+ plants worldwide" of which 2.5GW is located in the US.|
|STRATEGIC PARTNER /// USADF|
|The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is the U.S. Government’s African enterprise development agency. The agency invests in grassroots, small, and growing businesses in Africa; promotes local economic development; and creates pathways to prosperity for underserved communities. Utilizing a community-led development approach, USADF provides seed capital and local project management assistance to early stage enterprises addressing local challenges around food insecurity, insufficient energy access, and women and youth unemployment. Annually, USADF’s grant assistance generates approximately $100 million in new local economic activity throughout 20 African countries.|
|STRATEGIC PARTNER /// ALL ON|
|All On Partnerships for Energy Access (All On) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that collaborates with other donors and implementing partners to facilitate increasing access to energy in un-served and under-served communities across Nigeria. All On is contributing to building Nigeria’s market for off-grid renewable energy solutions, and partnerships are at the core of its approach. Its dynamic approach combines investment, technical support and market development activities to unlock access to energy in Nigeria.|
|All On Website|
|SUPPORTING PARTNER /// A2EI|
|The A2EI is a new organization form in the access to energy space. The A2EI strives to become the first charitable and collaborative research and development platform in the solar off-grid industry.
Millions of households have been equipped with innovative solar solutions developed by the fast growing solar home system industry. However, productive use appliances and larger solar solutions that can empower small businesses and small scale agriculture, create jobs and generate income are still mostly missing. The team at A2EI, which is composed of seasoned solar off-grid pioneers and based both in Berlin and Arusha, is convinced that a non-for-profit and co-development environment, in which commercial returns are not the main rationale, is ideal to invent/develop, build and pilot these solutions.
Next to own R&D projects, the A2EI is putting its technical, personnel and financial resources to the disposition of entrepreneurs who may need a nurturing environment to get from the ideation to the execution phase.
The intellectual property developed within and together with the A2EI will be accessible to the whole sector. Sharing innovation rather than privatizing it seems a prerequisite to foster a much faster adoption and scaling of solar solutions in order to achieve the sustainable development goal number 7 from the United Nations “access to energy for all”.
|MEDIA PARTNER /// DIAMOND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES|
|Diamond Development Initiatives (DDI) is a not-for-profit development organization that uses participatory development methodologies in the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of projects. DDI has the on-the-ground capacity to support projects, manage resources and produce targeted program performance results. Our understanding of best practices, experience in assisting community-based entities, ability to support projects in an efficient and cost effective manner and our knowledge and experience in working with international organizations give us a cutting edge. Our focus areas are Agriculture, Off-grid Energy and Youth Entrepreneurship.|
|Diamond Development Initiatives Website|
|MEDIA PARTNER /// ARE|
|The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is an international business association that promotes a sustainable decentralised renewable energy industry for the 21st century, activating markets for affordable energy services, and creating local jobs and inclusive economies.|
|MEDIA PARTNER /// ESI AFRICA|
|ESI Africa is the journal and news portal of choice for Africa’s energy and power utility market. Established in 1996, the editorial team covers trending topics in generation, renewables, future power, finance & policy, research & development, transmission & distribution and metering – sifting through the noise to deliver the tale of Africa’s energy transformation. ESI Africa publishes five editions per year, an annual Elites publication, and daily newsletters distributed readers across Africa and abroad thus offering the ideal platform to engage with the industry at large. Visit our website for more information or contact Tarryn Bester on +27 21 700 3591 for available branding opportunities.|
|ESI Africa Website|
|MEDIA PARTNER /// AFRICAN ENERGY|
|Established in 1998, African Energy is a trusted provider of consultancy, data and news services designed to support decision-making throughout all stages of the project and investment lifecycle.|
|African Energy Website|