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Solar Power in a Fast-Changing African Energy Market - Johannesburg

Johannesburg |
Speakers include:
Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Financial Times

Rafael Mateo

Rafael Mateo

Acciona Energy

Raymond Carlsen

Raymond Carlsen

Scatec Solar

Overview

With 600 million people lacking access to electricity, and many more experiencing frequent power outages, Africa is a continent in urgent need of energy solutions.  Solar power has huge potential as a quick-to-build, affordable, and clean source of electricity that can feed into existing grids and light up areas lacking transmission lines. Yet significantly more investment and project preparation is required for utility-sized and off-grid solar to reach the scale necessary to meet Africa’s current and growing needs. Energy storage will also play a critical role.
The FT-IFC Forum on Solar Power in a Fast-Changing African Energy Market will examine market opportunities across Africa’s solar sector, with a focus on innovations that support an expansion at scale. Top industry leaders, utility operators, project developers, regulators, and investors will discuss what it will take to get Africa’s solar expansion to the next level, drawing on regional and international experiences, emerging technologies, and the latest market dynamics. 

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fallback Add to my Calendar 03/01/2017 12:30:0003/01/2017 18:00:00falseSolar Power in a Fast-Changing African Energy Market - JohannesburgWith 600 million people lacking access to electricity, and many more experiencing frequent power outages, Africa is a continent in urgent need of energy solutions.  Solar power has huge potential as a quick-to-build, affordable, and clean source of electricity that can feed into existing grids and light up areas lacking transmission lines. Yet significantly more investment and project preparation is required for utility-sized and off-grid solar to reach the scale necessary to meet Africa’s current and growing needs. Energy storage will also play a critical role.The FT-IFC Forum on Solar Power in a Fast-Changing African Energy Market will examine market opportunities across Africa’s solar sector, with a focus on innovations that support an expansion at scale. Top industry leaders, utility operators, project developers, regulators, and investors will discuss what it will take to get Africa’s solar expansion to the next level, drawing on regional and international experiences, emerging technologies, and the latest market dynamics. Solar-Power-in-a-Fast-Changing-African-Energy-Market---Johannesburg52b55cc2e42b78d1061e8c07a6b72fe6MM/DD/YYYY

Chair (1)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Environment Correspondent
Financial Times

Pilita Clark was appointed Environment Correspondent in May 2011, having previously been the Aerospace Correspondent and Deputy News Editor on the main news desk at the Financial Times, and then Deputy Editor of the FT Magazine. In her current role Ms Clark covers all environmental issues, from climate change to wildlife and renewable energy, but has a particular focus on the impact of low carbon policies on businesses and investors. Before joining the FT in 2003 as a Commissioning Editor on the FT Magazine, Ms Clark was a Senior Writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, where she was a Political Reporter in Washington DC and Canberra. She was also Managing Editor of The Eye news magazine in Sydney, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Speakers (3)

Rafael Mateo

Rafael Mateo

CEO
Acciona Energy

Rafael Mateo is the CEO of Acciona Energy and member of the Executive Committee of Acciona, a position he has held since January 2010. With more than 30 years of experience in the power sector, Mr Mateo has an extensive background in Latin American markets having previously served as an Executive Director in Endesa Chile from 1999 to 2009 and leading the generation activities of Endesa in Latin America. Mr Mateo joined Endesa in 1982 serving in a variety of different positions in the company’s Thermal Power Plants division, including as Director of Thermal Production in Endesa Generación SA from 1997 and as Chairman of the UNIPEDE Thermal Production Group in Brussels. Mr Mateo graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the University of Zaragoza and was awarded with the Extraordinary Final –Year prize of the University. He has a Programa de Dirección General (PDG) from the IESE Business School and a Senior Management Program (PADE) from INSEAD.

Raymond Carlsen

Raymond Carlsen

CEO
Scatec Solar

Raymond Carlsen is the CEO of Scatec Solar, an integrated independent solar power producer, delivering affordable, rapidly deployable and sustainable source of clean energy worldwide. A long term player, Scatec Solar develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains solar power plants, and already has an installation track record of more than 600 MW and a project backlog and pipeline of 1,8 GW.

Mr Carlsen joined Scatec Solar in October 2009. Prior to this, Mr Carlsen was Partner and responsible for developing Aker ASA’s portfolio of Energy related businesses. He was also responsible for Aker Solutions’ Subsea, a USD 2 billion revenue business with 5000 employees and operations in more than 15 countries.

Mr Carlsen has extensive international experience through assignments in USA, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Africa and is a Director on a number of Boards. Mr Carlsen earned his MSc. at Florida Institute of Technology, USA in 1981.

Paddy Padmanathan

Paddy Padmanathan

President and CEO
ACWA Power International

Paddy Padmanathan is a professional Civil Engineer with over 30 years of experience and has served ACWA Power since 2005 as the company grew from a startup to where it is today-a leading private developer and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants headquartered in Saudi Arabia. The company has a paid up capital of US$ 1.4 Billion and is now operating in 8 countries with a portfolio of plants worth US$ 23 Billion, and a capacity to deliver 15,700 MW of electricity and 2.4Mm³/day of desalinated water. While ACWA Power is focused on reliably delivering electricity and desalinated water at the lowest possible cost and is thus technology neutral and fuel agnostic, the company is also very active in the area renewable energy; the most noteworthy being the 160MW CSP plant in Morocco were the company delivered an ultra-competitive tariff of 18.9 US Cents/kWh and for a 100MW PV plant in Saudi Arabia at a tariff of 12 US Cents/kWh. A graduate of University of Manchester, UK, Mr Padmanathan started his career delivering infrastructure projects and moved on to develop privately financed power, water and wastewater projects.

Agenda - 1st Mar

  • 12:30pm
    Arrival, Light Refreshments
  • 1:30pm
    Opening Remarks from the FT Chair

    Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 1:45pm
    Welcome from IFC
  • 2:00pm
    Scene-Setter: Drivers of Change in Africa’s Energy Market
  • 2:45pm
    Panel 1: Utility-Scale Solar: How to Scale Up for Impact

    Costs of photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) continue to decrease and large developments are under construction and in operation in various African countries, but remain insufficient in scale to meet the continent’s acute energy needs. New streamlined contracting methods and financing trends may offer a path forward. For discussion:

    • What can other African countries learn from South Africa’s auctions process, and its experience with both CSP and PV installations?
    • Best practices in private sector-financed utility-scale solar project development. Are negotiated contracts a thing of the past?
    • What are the risks, challenges and barriers experienced by developers and investors? 

    Paddy Padmanathan, CEO and President, ACWA Power International

    Raymond Carlsen, CEO, Scatec Solar

    Rafael Mateo, CEO, Acciona Energy

    Alastair Jessop, Senior Vice President, Development, Solar Reserve

  • 3:45pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm
    Panel 2: Off-Grid Solutions: Ready for the Big Time?

    Off-grid and micro-grid solar solutions offer significant promise to electrify parts of Africa where transmission and distribution networks are lacking. Governments are increasingly looking at these products as areas for large-scale roll-out, as an alternative to investments in national grids. For discussion:

    • Is today’s off-grid technology adequate to make a dent in Africa’s electricity needs?
    • How are major energy players regarding this sector?
    • What investments are needed to ensure adequate scale?

    Mamadou Toure, Founder and CEO,The Ubuntu Group

    Mohamed Hoosen, Regional Manager, Southern Africa, Engie

  • 5:15pm
    Closing remarks from the FT Chair
  • 5:30pm
    Close of forum and drinks reception

Presented by (2)

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Venue

The Maslow
146 Rivonia Road, Sandton
Johannesburg Johannesburg, 2031

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Contact us

Rachel Jones
Media Partner and Press Enquiries
Financial Times