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Making Solar Bankable


15-16 February 2018 /// Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Making Solar Bankable


15-16 February 2018 /// Amsterdam, the Netherlands

“Bridging the gap between solar projects and capital by getting everyone in one room.”

Making Solar Bankable is not your average gathering. 500+ project development & finance executives from 40+ different countries will come together again on 15-16 February 2018 in Amsterdam. Through unique network facilitation and focused sessions per segment you’re sure to get enough leads and insights to fuel your business for months. Organised by Solarplaza and FMO, and widely supported by over 20 of the world’s largest industry players and finance institutions, this event is not to be missed by anyone involved in solar project development in Asia, Africa or Latin America.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

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500+ project developers, investors, financiers and other key stakeholders in one room

Effective matchmaking and networking solutions, guaranteeing time well-spent on valuable meetings

A balanced program: from inspiring keynotes addressing the trends that will shape the industry, to in-depth expert discussions and Q&A’s

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Taking place in an historic venue in the world’s capital of innovation: Amsterdam

 
ORGANIZERS
DIAMOND SPONSORS
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Webinar


Webinar


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Webinar: The Evolving Landscape of solar PV in Emerging Markets

Tuesday 10 October 2017 - 17:00 CEST

The clean energy revolution is unfolding at an incredible pace, much faster than most people realize. This is particularly apparent in emerging markets, where we see a wide range of evolving business models and financial structures driving prices for solar PV applications down to the point where it is already the cheapest technology available. Moreover, there is an abundance of both private and public sector capital available for solar PV projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Financial structuring of deals, however, remains to be a critical challenge in having the readily available capital flowing into bankable projects.

As a prelude to Making Solar Bankable: Evolving Business Models in Emerging Markets, we will host a complimentary webinar on October 10th at 5pm CEST. Two of the industry’s leading experts will explore the evolving landscape of solar PV in emerging markets and dive into the possibilities for financial structuring of PV projects.

JEREMY LEGGETT /// FOUNDER - SOLARCENTURY
Social entrepreneur Jeremy, author of The Energy of Nations, The Carbon War and Half Gone, is founder and non-executive chairman of Solarcentury and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with Solarcentury profits. Described by the Observer as 'Britain's most respected green energy boss,' he writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards. He is on the associate faculties, lecturing in business and environment, at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and St Gallen.
JEREMY LEGGETT
FOUNDER /// SOLARCENTURY
MANUEL CABRERIZO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - VOLTIQ
Manuel Cabrerizo has more than 20 years international experience in structured finance and investment banking gained with Voltiq and WestLB, globally. During that time he has closed more than 50 financings across sectors and jurisdictions. At Voltiq, he has been particularly active in structuring renewable energy transactions in Spain, Italy, Brazil, Chile and Panamá. He's been involved in landmark transactions such as the project financing of the 146 MWp Laberinto project in Chile's Atacama desert, closed in the summer of 2015.
MANUEL CABRERIZO
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// VOLTIQ
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PAST Webinar: How much solar can emerging markets actually handle?

Wednesday 17 May 2017 - 16:00 CEST (RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)

Solar energy has become a very attractive option for emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. With falling prices, new government initiatives and new business models, the opportunities for solar seem endless. However, intermittency issues and curtailment risk threaten this growth of solar energy in emerging markets and need to be addressed.

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2016 Edition


2016 Edition


Making Solar Bankable in Emerging Markets, co-organized by Solarplaza and FMO, was the first and only conference entirely dedicated to unlocking capital for new solar project development in Emerging Markets.

The event took place in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) from 18-19 February 2016, and welcomed more than 450 attendees from 44 countries. The two intensive days were filled with high-level content, inspirational speakers, business and networking opportunities, leisure and cultural activities, and much more. 

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Program


Program


Program Overview

CONFERENCE DAY 1
REGISTRATIONS
Plenary Opening Discussion
  • Welcome words followed by inspirational keynote presentation
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Plenary: Outlook per market
  • Overview of the key developments with a closer look at the regions Asia, Africa and Latin America
NETWORKING LUNCH
3 Tracks: Bridging the Gap Between Projects and Capital

  • Utility Scale
    Gaining Access to Low-Cost Capital
  • Commercial & Industrial
    Assessing credit risk
  • Off-Grid
    Financial Scalability
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Plenary: Keynote speaker & Solar Shark Tank
  • Solar entrepreneurs pitch their products and services to a panel of experienced investors and financiers
BOAT TOUR & NETWORKING DINNER
CONFERENCE DAY 2
REGISTRATIONS
Plenary: Innovative financing models
  • Innovative financing and business models in the solar PV landscape
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Closing Plenary: Future Trends and Outlook for PV in Emerging Markets
  • Examining disruptive global trends with an impact on PV and building the business models of tomorrow
NETWORKING LUNCH
Networking/Matchmaking
  • Pre-organized meetings and match-making sessions aimed at connecting projects with capital
OPTIONAL LEISURE ACTIVITY IN AMSTERDAM
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Speakers


Speakers


AMY HERMAN /// PRESIDENT - THE ART OF PERCEPTION
Amy Herman is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to systematically sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. By showing people how to look closely at painting, sculpture, photography, she helps them hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most pertinent and useful information as well as recognize biases that impede professional conduct. She developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program and works internationally with a wide range of professionals from the New York City Police Department, the French National Police, the FBI, Interpol, the Department of Defense, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, the military, and the intelligence community. She will present the relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and demonstrate how the analysis of works of art affords the participants in her program an innovative way to refresh their sense of critical inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership. The program has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Ms. Herman holds an A.B., a J.D., and an M.A. in art history. Her book, Visual Intelligence, was published in May 2016.
AMY HERMAN
PRESIDENT /// THE ART OF PERCEPTION
JEREMY LEGGETT /// FOUNDER - SOLARCENTURY
Social entrepreneur Jeremy, author of The Energy of Nations, The Carbon War and Half Gone, is founder and non-executive chairman of Solarcentury and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with Solarcentury profits. Described by the Observer as 'Britain's most respected green energy boss,' he writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards. He is on the associate faculties, lecturing in business and environment, at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and St Gallen.
JEREMY LEGGETT
FOUNDER /// SOLARCENTURY
TAS ANVARIPOUR /// GLOBAL PARTNER - ABRAAJ GROUP
Tas Anvaripour, a Turkish-American, is a global partner at the Abraaj Group responsible for managing the energy platform. She was the Chair, Themis Infrastructure before its integration within the Abraaj Group. She also served as the interim CEO of Africa50, Africa’s newest infrastructure delivery initiative. Previously, she was the Director of Business Development at the African Development where she had led the design, structuring, fund raising and establishment of Africa50 among other initiatives. She was instrumental in designing, structuring, developing a fund raising strategy for Africa50 including securing a ground breaking capitalization of USD 830 million. Prior to this position she was the Head for Private Infrastructure Finance, a position which she kept for 4 years, where she was in charge of the Bank’s private sector investments in the Energy, Transport, Water, and ICT sectors. Tas honed her deal origination and portfolio management skills at the Asian Development Bank, Manila, Arthur Andersen LLP, New York and PriceWaterHouse Coopers, Chicago. She has 27 years of industry experience, including 10 in public sector finance in Asia and 17 in corporate and project finance in Africa and North America. In the past ten years, she has invested in 6 billion dollars facilitating over 30 billion dollars in infrastructure investments in key emerging markets. Her tireless energy and strong character have rendered her a game changer with an important track-record bringing progress and opportunity in countries from East Asia to Southern Africa. In 2012, the African Business Magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council nominated Tas as one of the Top 5 Most Outstanding Women of the Year at the African Business Awards. Later in 2013, the investor platform “Homestrings” gave Tas the “Excellence in Development Finance” award, in recognition of her “dedication and innovative thinking in advancing development finance in Africa”. In 2014, she was decorated as a Commander, National Order of Merit of the Republic of Ivory Coast. A World Bank Fellow, Tas holds a BSc in Finance from Ankara University in Turkey and an MA in Economics and Policy Management from Columbia University.
TAS ANVARIPOUR
GLOBAL PARTNER /// ABRAAJ GROUP
EMMANUELLE MATZ /// HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION - PROPARCO
Emmanuelle Matz, has developed an extensive experience in structured financing for more than 25 years. She started her professional life developing a tax lease department at Crédit Lyonnais dedicated to the financing of energy efficiency and waste to energy programs in France. Through different positions in the French banking group and then, with Barclays Capital, she structured and led many multisourcing financing transactions in emergent countries. For the last 10 years, Emmanuelle has been expanding Proparco’ debt & equity’s investments in the energy & infrastructure sectors, mainly in Latin America/Asia. Among all, she financed the first solar plant in Latin America, for T Solar, in Peru in 2011 and have supported since then the expansion of renewable energy projects (Solar, wind, hydro & biomass) in Central America, the Andean countries and those last years in Africa. Since 2012, she’s leading a team of 20 experts in energy & infrastructure project financing with the aim of developing solutions contributing to limit the impacts of Climate Change. This creative & dedicated team has supported the implementation of the largest African Renewable IPPs through tailor made solutions and has successfully arranged in 2016 the financing of the first private solar plants built in Western Africa. Convinced that power should be available to all, at an affordable price, she supports both on-grid & off-grid solutions promoted by innovative sponsors, thanks to the digital and solar revolutions surrounding Africa.
EMMANUELLE MATZ
HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION /// PROPARCO
JÜRGEN RIGTERINK /// CEO MANAGEMENT BOARD - FMO
Jürgen Rigterink was appointed CEO and Chairman of FMO’s Management Board in October 2016. Before that, he was Chief Risk & Finance Officer (2014 – 2016) and Chief Investment Officer (2008 – 2014). With an investment portfolio of over EUR 9 billion, FMO is one of the largest bilateral private sector development banks worldwide. FMO creates access to a full range of financial products and services to private sector enterprises in developing markets with a focus on financial institutions, energy, agribusiness and private equity. Through Investment Management FMO offers institutional investors access to FMO’s expertise in responsible emerging market investing.
JÜRGEN RIGTERINK
CEO MANAGEMENT BOARD /// FMO
MANUEL CABRERIZO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - VOLTIQ
Manuel Cabrerizo has more than 20 years international experience in structured finance and investment banking gained with Voltiq and WestLB, globally. During that time he has closed more than 50 financings across sectors and jurisdictions. At Voltiq, he has been particularly active in structuring renewable energy transactions in Spain, Italy, Brazil, Chile and Panamá. He's been involved in landmark transactions such as the project financing of the 146 MWp Laberinto project in Chile's Atacama desert, closed in the summer of 2015.
MANUEL CABRERIZO
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// VOLTIQ
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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


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GOLD SPONSORS
 
 
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REGISTRATION SPONSOR
 
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The international 2-day event will involve 500+ 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:

Tom van Dorp
+31 10 3027906
t.vandorp@solarplaza.com

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Venue


Venue


Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam

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Organizers


Organizers


 

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

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