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Making Solar Bankable


6 - 7 February 2020 /// Amsterdam

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Making Solar Bankable


6 - 7 February 2020 /// Amsterdam

Scaling bankable solar in emerging markets

“Making Solar Bankable is not your average gathering.”

On the 6th and 7th of February 2020, 600 high-level project development and finance executives from 40+ countries will come together in Amsterdam. Through a combination of tailored networking, world-class keynotes, and focused and interactive break-out sessions, Making Solar Bankable will condense a year of business development into two days of learning, networking and good fun. This event is not to be missed by anyone involved in solar project development in Asia, Africa or Latin America.

ORGANIZERS

Making Solar Bankable : Facts & Focus

500+

Attendees

Bridging the gap between solar capital and projects

2016

2018

2020

400+

Attendees

Unlocking solar capital for emerging markets

600+

Attendees

Scaling solar in the perspective of the wider transition to 100% RE systems

What’s new?

Beyond Solar

For the first time in its history, Making Solar Bankable will look beyond just solar. Day 2 of the conference will broaden the scope and will put solar in the wider perspective of the renewable energy transition. Learn from world-class keynotes and panelists::

• How solar interacts with adjacent industries like wind, battery storage, and power transmission
• Which challenges and opportunities arise from the integration with the wider energy transition
• How business models change as a result of intermittency of supply and hybridization of generation

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Workshops

Providing a meeting point for deep-dive discussions and exchanging new ideas, Making Solar Bankable will feature the following in-depth workshops:

• Innovation - Decentralization, Digitalization and Democratization
• Corporate off-take agreements - Considerations and structures
• Energy Storage - Market drivers, technologies and economics

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Speakers


Speakers


  • Assaad Razzouk
  • CEO & Co-Founder
  • Assaad Razzouk
  • CEO & Co-Founder
  • Sindicatum
Assaad W. Razzouk is a Lebanese-British clean energy entrepreneur, investor and commentator. He is Group Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, a global clean energy company headquartered in Singapore; a Board member of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA); a Board member of the Climate Markets & Investment Association (CMIA); and a commentator on climate change, natural capital and clean energy.
  • Manuel Cabrerizo
  • Partner
  • Manuel Cabrerizo
  • Partner
  • Voltiq
Manuel Cabrerizo is partner and co-founder of Voltiq. He contributes more than 25 years international experience in infrastructure banking.Manuel is one of the leading renewable energy project finance bankers worldwide, and has led numerous landmark transactions such as the 146 MW Laberinto solar project financing in Chile, Latin America Solar deal of the year 2015, the record-time multilateral financing of the 70 MW Campo Palomas wind project in Uruguay, and the 81 MW Hedet wind farm financing with a Google PPA in Finland for French IPP Neoen. Before co-founding Voltiq in 2009, Manuel was Managing Director at WestLB and closed more than 40 structured financings across sectors and jurisdictions. Until 2009 he was particularly active in structuring, underwriting and syndicating renewable energy transactions in Spain in the wind, solar PV and solar thermal segments, each of these accounting for 1.200, 150 and 250 MW, respectively. Manuel is fluent in Spanish, English and German.
  • Linda Broekhuizen
  • CIO Management Board
  • Linda Broekhuizen
  • CIO Management Board
  • FMO
Linda Broekhuizen started per 2014 as Chief Investment Officer in FMO’s Management Board. In this role, she is responsible for FMO’s total investment portfolio of EUR 9.0 billion. FMO is the Dutch development bank, investing since 1970 in the private sector in developing economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. FMO creates access to a full range of high impact financial products and services, covering inter alia loans, private equity, blended finance and capacity development. FMO’s investments focus on three sectors: Financial Institutions, Energy and Agribusiness. FMO simultaneously targets financial returns and impact returns. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of FMO’s core business. FMO selected three SDGs as most relevant: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities and Climate Action. Moreover, FMO has fully integrated environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies into every aspect of its business. Through its subsidiary FMO Investment Management, institutional investors can get access to FMO’s expertise in responsible emerging market investing.
  • Christopher Clarke
  • Managing Partner
  • Christopher Clarke
  • Managing Partner
  • Inspired Evolution
Christopher is a Managing Partner and an Investment Committee member of the Evolution I and II funds. In 2007/8 Christopher co-founded Inspired Evolution and the Evolution I Fund, a USD90 million southern African renewable energy and sustainability PE fund. Christopher led the team on the renewable energy portfolio under Evolution I comprising over 918 MW from origination, through execution, construction management and exits. He also assumes responsibility for the fund’s ESG and sustainability impact investment performance. Christopher is a regular speaker and panelist on regional energy infrastructure and PE conference platforms. Christopher is a professional engineer, entrepreneur and finance professional with more than 23 years of local and regional engineering, technology innovation, private equity, business development and corporate entrepreneurial experience. He is an experienced clean energy infrastructure (project finance) investor. His experience spans start-up enterprise development and management, project development finance, environmental planning, sustainability strategy, and corporate governance. Christopher holds a BSc Engineering degree (cum laude) and a Masters in Environmental Science: Sustainability, both from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Christopher also holds a Foundation and Advanced Private Equity qualification from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Leslie Labruto
  • Global Energy Lead
  • Leslie Labruto
  • Global Energy Lead
  • Acumen
Leslie Labruto is the Global Energy Lead at Acumen, where she leads Acumen’s $20M Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative (PEII). PEII invests philanthropically backed capital into early stage energy access start-ups in East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan. Leslie joins Acumen from the Clinton Foundation, where she served as Director of Clean Energy for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) in New York City, where she led programmatic strategy, fundraising and partnerships for CCI’s clean energy work. Previously, Leslie worked at Summit Partners, a $15 billion venture capital firm in Boston. Leslie received her Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London, where her work was published in the Journal of Energy Policy. She served on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust, where she earned her undergraduate degree, and continues to serve as a Board of Trust member for the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.
  • Frederik van Pallandt
  • Global Head Energy
  • Frederik van Pallandt
  • Global Head Energy
  • FMO
Mr Frederik van Pallandt is Manager at the Energy Department of FMO. FMO (the Netherlands Development Finance Company) is the Dutch development bank. We support sustainable private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life. At FMO, Frederik manages a team of investment professionals responsible for the structuring and supervision of debt investments in the energy sector in Asia, Easter Europe and Central Asia. Main focus is on renewable energy projects. Frederik joined FMO in 2005. Prior to FMO, he held positions at the World Bank Group and various international commercial banks. Frederik holds Master degrees in Economics and Philosophy.
  • Angella Rainford
  • CEO & Founder
  • Angella Rainford
  • CEO & Founder
  • Soléco Energy
Investment professional with experience in energy project development, private equity, investment management, and management consulting. 
  • Henk Nijland
  • Head Energy West Africa & MENA
  • Henk Nijland
  • Head Energy West Africa & MENA
  • FMO
Mr. Henk Nijland has been working for FMO since 2001 in various positions. Currently, he is responsible for project finance transactions in the energy sector, mainly solar, wind and hydro power projects. He heads a team of 10 banking professionals covering West Africa, North Africa and The Middle East. Previously, he held management positions in the Infrastructure, Manufacturing & Services Department covering Latin America and Africa and in the Financial Institutions Department covering Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Before that Mr. Nijland was amongst others Fund Manager of the USD 300 million Micro & Small Enterprise Fund and Senior Investment Officer active in the financial sector in Africa. He also served as Chairman and Member of the Board of financial institutions and as Investment Committee Member of private equity funds. Mr. Nijland started his career at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1994 in the positions of Policy Officer and Senior Policy Officer responsible for promoting investments of Dutch companies in Central and Eastern Europe. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Dutch University of Groningen.
  • Edwin Koot
  • CEO
  • Edwin Koot
  • CEO
  • Solarplaza
Edwin founded Solarplaza company in 2004. He is a senior PV expert and started in the photovoltaic solar energy business in 1994. He has experience as a solar energy consultant and project developer in more than 200 PV projects. Edwin holds a Master’s degree in Chemical engineering and previously worked in the Chemical industry before starting his first consultancy company in PV in 1994.
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Program Outline


Program Outline


CONFERENCE DAY 1
REGISTRATIONS
Plenary Opening Discussion
  • Welcome words followed by inspirational keynote presentation
NETWORKING BREAK
Further scaling of bankable solar
  • How to tap into the available capital?
NETWORKING LUNCH
  • Business Models
    Sub-Saharan Africa: Testbed for a new energy access paradigm?
  • Finance
    Best Practices of emerging finance mechanisms
  • Innovation
    Keeping a stable grid while scaling renewables
NETWORKING BREAK
  • Floating Solar
    Considerations of a project development process
  • Financing Innovation
    Emerging tools for new financing models
  • Innovation Pitches
BOAT TOUR & NETWORKING DINNER
CONFERENCE DAY 2
REGISTRATIONS
From Solar to System
A 40 year plan
  • A shift to system-thinking, solar in the bigger picture
Digital-Decentral-Democratized - The Internet of Energy
  • The baselayer for a new energy future
The road to 100% RE Systems
  • How to find the optimal energy mix
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Cross Industry Panel
  • Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Conference Recap
NETWORKING LUNCH
Matchmaking sessions
NETWORKNG DRINKS
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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The international 2-day event will involve 600 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

  • Facilitation of 1-on-1 meetings with key stakeholders

  • Visibility through both on and offline international marketing campaign

  • Possibility to host or moderate a round-table discussion during conference

  • Unparalleled access to unique networking opportunities with a targeted group

  • Limited number of exhibition booth spaces

CONTACT

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

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Hamed Roozdar
+31 10 302 7906
hamed@solarplaza.com

DIAMOND SPONSORS
REGISTRATION SPONSOR
 
GOLD SPONSORS
SILVER SPONSOR
 
NETWORKING SPONSOR
 
EXHIBITION SPONSOR
BRANDING SPONSORS
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Registration


Registration


 Registration - Making Solar Bankable

6-7 February 2020 /// Amsterdam

Below you can register to join over 600 other attendees at Making Solar Bankable (6-7 February 2020, Amsterdam). Please feel free to get in touch with us directly at registrations@solarplaza.com (please do not forget to mention the event concerned), in case of any issues or questions regarding registration. We look forward to meeting you in Amsterdam!

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News & Updates


News & Updates


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Organizers


Organizers


FMO is the Dutch development bank. We believe that entrepreneurship is key in creating sustainable economic growth and improving people’s quality of life. We therefore finance businesses, projects and financial institutions in developing and emerging markets, with the aim of supporting sustainable private sector development. Our investments are focused in the sectors where our contribution can have the largest long-term impact: financial institutions; energy; and agribusiness, food & water. Learn more about FMO

Solarplaza was founded in 2004 by Edwin Koot, a senior PV expert working in photovoltaic solar energy since 1994. Over the course of twelve years, Solarplaza has built a network of trusted friends and personal contacts all over the world.

Solarplaza organizes international high-level conferences and exploratory trade missions in both established and emerging markets across the globe. Learn more about Solarplaza

Contact us

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

Thomas Boersma

thomas@solarplaza.com
+31 10 302 7915

ACCOUNT MANAGER
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For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Hamed Roozdar

hamed@solarplaza.com
+31 10 3027 906

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

Olivier Noorduyn

olivier@solarplaza.com
+31 10 302 7915