About the Summit


Harnessing the Solar Potential in Africa:
Benchmarking Progress & Advocating Real Growth

The immense solar potential in Africa is continually stimulated by governments gearing-up their efforts to create a nurturing environment, as well as being driven by various feed-in tariff schemes. Better solar economics - featuring reduced cost of installations, along with usage supported by a positive solar stakeholder ecosystem where both the public and private sectors complement each other - can only mean solar will get bigger and better for Africa.

With current installed megawatts at only a minimal of 1% of projected demand; i.e. 1GW at the end of 2013 and analysts projecting Solar PV capacity to increase to 2 GW end 2015 and 4.4GW by 2020, the market attractiveness in Africa needs to be stepped up further to offer better growth opportunities for players to effectively harness and maximize the magnitude of potential growth available.

We are constantly energized with positive solar news and activities in Africa. Ghana is scheduled to have a 115 MW solar plant soon, the GETFiT programme in Uganda is slated to award 20MWp in 2015, Rwanda leads East Africa with almost 9 MW of newly installed grid connect PV, South Africa is moving quickly towards 1 GW of solar installations plus promising solar pilot projects in Kenyan tea farms and South African off-grid mining sites are just some of the recent solar highlights. Given the price of solar PV modules have dropped drastically from $76/W in 1977 to $0.80/W in 2013, we are almost dead set to experience robust and dynamic growth.


Solar & Energy Storage: Two Great Things That Go Even Better Together

Energy storage technologies offer great promise for Africa to solve electrical infrastructure challenges, defer expensive maintenance costs and can be the driver of more resilient and efficient grids. The role of energy storage in achieving clean energy initiatives should also be equally emphasised, with experts touting energy storage as the "new solar", potentially creating an unstoppable hybrid force as energy storage technologies continue to combine better with PV technologies to offer a clean, resilient, economical and dependable source of energy.

Join us at the 2nd Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Summit incorporating the inaugural Africa Energy Storage & Battery Conference where we will convene key decision and policy makers along with the power players to share their invaluable expertise and experience to help you effectively strategize your solar blueprints and manage your energy storage demands better. Be treated to a first class event where pressing issues and solutions are brought to the fore and extraordinary networking opportunities are provided




Solar Snapshots of Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola's government committed to implement PV projects for electricity generation to meet the country's rising energy demands, through investments in 130 solar projects for schools, health centers, water pumping, lighting and other projects. In the long term, the country plans to integrate solar into the national grid.
Botswana's renewable energy feed-in tariffs were introduced in 2011. The "Energy Master Plan" was also launched for rural electrification with solar energy.
Eritrea installed 12 MW in various parts of the country, benefiting 65% of remote areas. High potential of solar energy in the country has been identified with solar radiation maps being prepared by the Energy Research and Training Centre of the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Ethiopia has an average daily radiation of 5.26 kWh/m2 and a target of 2.5 GW of renewable energy (including solar) by 2025 under the "Climate Resilient Green Economy" initiative. Government is finalising Feed-in Tariff proposals and 300 MW projects are in planning stages.
Ghana - A 115 MW solar plant in Ghana is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Has passed the Renewable Energy Act in Parliament, to reach the target of 10% renewable energy in the national energy generation by 2020, putting in place the necessary legal and regulatory framework.
Kenya - boasts Africa's largest rooftop system installed on United Nations Environment Programme's headquarters. Solar academy has been set up to train locals. Kenya is looking to be base of operation for $140 million solar power station by Chinese solar panel manufacturers. Has more than 10 grid-tied projects totalling over 2.5 MWp. Government is studying new auction system. Solar financing plan was launched to enable access to PV systems. Loan facility is available from any commercial bank when buying panels from a Kenyan-based module manufacturer. Solar specific standard feed-in-tariff for on-grid electricity of $US0.12/kWh for 0.5MW to 40 MW projects.
Mozambique was granted a US$35 million loan from ADB to provide 400-500kw of power, together with the commitment to the training of locals in maintenance and know-how. The Ministry of Energy has also launched programs to accelerate solar energy usage.
Nigeria targets for 5% of energy generation mix from renewable energy by 2020 with the Power Reforms Act. Minister of Power announced the boost to the country's energy needs with 1,000MW of solar power over the next 10 years. Germany has committed to invest 20million Euros to boost energy efficiency by 6,500MW, of which 500MW of solar energy.
Rwanda has land allocated by the government for solar park developments, with FiT for solar under development. First utility scale solar PV plant of 8.5 MWp was completed by Gigawatt Global, Scatec Solar and Afritec Energy, supported by Norfund. Other highlights include 250 kWp Mt Jali Solaire PV project and 30 kWp at Nelson Mandela EC and Afritech Energy proposing a 1 MW project next year.
Senegal was the 1st country to pass renewable energy law in West Africa, with the decision to make solar energy the main energy source. It is home to the 1st solar PV module manufacturing in West Africa, with annual output of 25 MW. The usage of RE is targeted at 60% of its electricity consumption.
South Africa targets to grow RE supply from 1% in 2012 to 12 % in 2020, at 3.725GW. Current total electricity generating capacity is 42 GW. Plans are in place to increase capacity by 17 GW by 2018 and a further 22 GW by 2030. Coal will account for the bulk of it (46%), nuclear 13%, and renewables 21%, including 1.5 GW of solar capacity due to come on line by 2018. It had the first CSP plant in SSA and what was the largest PV plant in Africa.
Swaziland has a 100MW solar farm planned on public land, valued at $185million, to be connected to the grid, supplying more that 50% of the country's energy needs, changing the energy mix of the country.
Tanzania has the "Solar PV Scheme" launched by the World Bank and the African Development Bank for 70,000 households in rural Tanzania. ABD and Climate Investment Fund have approved plans to drive small-scale solar installations in 10 rural districts. No solar specific feed-in-tariff though new FiT drafts are being considered and standardised Power Purchase Tariff available for small power producers generating between 100kW and 10MW on and off-grid. Plans to have 2 MW plant in Kigoma and 1 MW plant in Mpaka amongst other projects.
Uganda government launched a 10 year program for Energy for Rural Transformation. Various small embedded systems and GETFiT programme to award 20 MWp in 2015 and ERA has feasibility study permits for 49Mw.
Zimbabwe introduced feed-in tariffs to boost usage of renewable energy in private sector power generation. 3 solar plants of 300MW was established in partnership with Chinese firm and project funding of US$750 million acquired from HSBC, China Eximbank and United Overseas Bank. Zimbabwe currently has a power demand deficit of 1 100MW, which is currently covered by imports from the region.


Why You Must Not Miss this Conference

•      The 2nd Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Summit incorporating Energy Storage & Battery Technology is the only solar energy focused event in SSA shaping the solar dialogue while recognising the growing importance of energy storage to help solve Africa's power deficit
•      Revel in the exciting opportunities present in SSA's solar energy market
•      Hear from policy makers & government officials the plans and targets
•      Meet with key stakeholders and decision makers involved in the evolution of SSA's electricity supply
•      Find out how you can benefit from the incentives for investment
•      Evaluate the business case for commercial solar applications and the latest technological applications relevant to your business
•      Address the complexities involved with solar investments and how you can manage the risks & optimise ROI
•      Learn more about the available financing options and the makings of a bankable solar energy project
•      Adopt best practice strategies and technical know-how from successful projects in the region


Who will be attending the conference?




"Congratulations on the success of the Sub-Saharan Solar Energy Conference!
Your wonderful organization was impressive!"

River He, Sales Manager, China Ritar Power Corporation

"Overall good way to meet professionals and get updates."
Davide Pasi, Business Development Manager, Sunpower Corporation



"Very well organized. Good to see various industry participants all under one roof."
Shantanu Dutta, Marketing Manager, Solarway F.Z.E

"Very good, useful overview of solar developments."
Janos Bonta, Senior Investment Officer, FMO



"Excellent and informative!"
Robert Pavel Oimeke, Director, Renewable Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya

"The Conference was a wonderful platform for networking. I gained a lot!"
Dr Daniel Egbe, Initiator & International Coordinator and Chairman of Board of Directors, ANSOLE



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The Only Solar Event that Emphasizes the Growing Importance of Energy Storage for Solar Projects in Africa and Dissects the Real Practical Issues Backed by Influential Speakers from Both the Public and Private Sectors!