18 February
Conference Day 1

18 February - Conference Day 1

Conference Moderators

JEHMU GREENE
INTERIM CEO /// WAKA WAKA
 

07:45 - Registration and welcome coffee 


Session I - Introduction

08:45 - Word of welcome

NANNO KLEITERP
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER /// FMO
JAN PETER BALKENENDE
FORMER PRIME-MINISTER OF THE NETHERLANDS
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA

09:20 - From hundreds of billions to trillions: the road ahead

  • Paris changes everything, true or false?
  • How is solar disrupting traditional energy markets worldwide?
  • The shift of the big money from traditional energy/fossil fuels to renewables
  • What is required to facilitate this shift/chance?
JEREMY LEGGETT
FOUNDER /// SOLARCENTURY

09:50 – Debate on key-theses on bankability

  • Even in developed countries solar is not drawing low-cost capital, let alone in developing countries
  • There are too many risk factors (development, connections, offtaker, political, O&M, security) for institutional investors to take a stake in renewable energy projects
JUSTINE LEIGH-BELL
SENIOR MANAGER /// CLIMATE BONDS INITIATIVE
MARCEL DE BERG
INVESTMENT MANAGER /// APPOLARIS
PASHUPATHY GOPALAN
PRESIDENT, ASIA PACIFIC – SUNEDISON
TAS ANVARIPOUR
GLOBAL PARTNER /// ABRAAJ GROUP

10:30 - Coffee break - Sponsored by Conergy

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Session II - Assessing and Overcoming Risk


11:15 - Case study: successful development of a solar plant under difficult circumstances

  • The business case and key success factors
  • Structuring project finance and investments
  • Dealing with local (institutional) stakeholders
  • Overcoming key issues and mitigating risks
WELDON TURNER
CFO & CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER – GIGAWATT GLOBAL
PAUL RAATS
BUSINESS DEVELOPER & SOLAR ENGINEER /// DNV GL

11:35 - Helicopter view on key risk categories

  • Overview of risks in the different project development phases
  • External factors that can influence realization and performance
  • Best and worst practice experiences across several projects

 

12:00 - Round table sessions

Choose to join 1 of 15 round table discussions, where you will meet peers and partners with interest in the same topic as you. Each table will be moderated by an expert to facilitate an in-depth discussion.

1. Dealing with environmental, community, and land acquisition issues

Philippa Spence - Senior Partner /// ERM

2. Large solar tenders: requirements and selection process?

Stefan Müller - COO /// Enerparc

3. Mitigating component and operational risk

Alberto Cuter - General Manager LATAM & Italy /// Jinko Solar

     4. Handling counterparties credit risk

Benjamin Cook - Structured Finance VP /// SolarCity

5. Managing local currency risk

Ruurd Brouwer - CEO /// TCX Fund

6. Green financing for SMEs

Selim R.F. Hussain - CEO /// BRAC Bank Limited

7. Large vs. very large scale projects

Thierry Lepercq - Chairman /// Solairedirect

     8. Green bonds and emerging markets

Hans Biemans - Head of Sustainability /// Rabobank Markets

 9. Crowdfunding solutions for solar in emerging markets

Matthijs Bolkenstein - Partner /// Eversheds

10. Financing solutions for PV projects below 20MW

Gilles Parmentier - Chief Investment Officer /// Greenwish Partners

11. Challenges in financing off-grid solar in emerging markets

Diana Jensen - Managing Director /// OPIC

12. Securing a bankable PPA

Ezio Ravaccia - Chief Financial Officer /// Solar Ventures

13. How to ensure bankability of your project

Manuel Cabrerizo - Managing Director /// Voltiq

14. Securing professional O&M services in emerging markets

Emanuele Tacchino - Business Development, Western Europe & Middle East /// Alectris

15. Financing solutions for C&I portfolios

Sarah Chapman - CEO & Co-Founder /// Iwana Energy
 
PHILIPPA SPENCE
SENIOR PARTNER /// ERM
ALBERTO CUTER
GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY /// JINKO SOLAR
BENJAMIN COOK
STRUCTURED FINANCE VP – SOLARCITY
RUURD BROUWER
CEO /// TCX FUND
HANS BIEMANS
HEAD SUSTAINABILITY /// RABOBANK MARKETS
DIANA JENSEN
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// OPIC
EMANUELE TACCHNINO
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, W-EU & ME – ALECTRIS
SELIM R.F. HUSSAIN
CEO /// BRAC BANK LIMITED
MATTHIJS BOLKENSTEIN
PARTNER /// EVERSHEDS
EZIO RAVACCIA
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER /// SOLAR VENTURES
SARAH CHAPMAN
CEO & CO-FOUNDER IWANA ENERGY
THIERRY LEPERCQ
CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN /// SOLAIREDIRECT
GILLES PARMENTIER
CIO /// GREENWISH PARTNERS
MANUEL CABRERIZO
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// VOLTIQ
STEFAN MÜLLER
COO /// ENERPARC
 

12:40 – 14:00 - Networking lunch – sponsored by TCX Investment Management

13:00 – 13:30 - Lunch Workshop by TCX:

  • Why local currency can de-risk your balance sheet and how companies in the off-grid energy sector can hedge their FX risk.
  • Merits of local currency financing and its impact on P&L.

 Session III - Unlocking Capital


14:00 - Finance Initiative pitches

Five minute pitches each followed by a discussion with "Devil's Advocate"
Oliver Andrews.

OLIVER ANDREWS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER /// AFC
ANDREW JOHNSTONE
CEO /// CLIMATE FUND MANAGERS

Climate Investor One

  • Facilitate early-stage development, construction financing, and refinancing to fast-track renewable energy projects in developing countries


DFI Friendship Facility

  • Offering large financial deals in an efficient way from a single source

EMMANUELLE MATZ
HEAD ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE /// PROPARCO

Scaling Solar

  • A World Bank Group solution to rapidly expand private investment in utility-scale PV power in Sub-Saharan Africa
JAMIE FERGUSSON
PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT OFFICER, GLOBAL RE - IFC
GEORGIOS PANTOULIS
HEAD OF SECTOR ENERGY – DG INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT /// EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Electrification Finance Initiative (ElectriFI)

  • An innovative mechanism to unlock and leverage clean energy access investments
 

14:40 - Panel: New and innovative financing across the globe

  • Access to capital and bankability concerns on different continents
  • Finance innovations that boost the development of solar
BRAD STERLEY
HEAD STRUCTURED FINANCE /// TERRAFORM GLOBAL
STEVEN LU
SR DIRECTOR, PROJECT & STRUCTURED FINANCE /// CANADIAN SOLAR INTL. LTD
RAGNAR GERIG
DIRECTOR ENERGY /// DEG
INDERPREET WADHWA
FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER /// AZURE POWER

15:20 - Coffee break – sponsored by Voltiq

 

Session IV - Solar Shark Tank


16:00 - 'Solar Shark Tank' - Pitch Competition
Jointly organized by FMO & Access Power

  • 4 pre-selected project developers will compete by pitching a new project in under 10 minutes, followed by a Q&A with a jury of solar experts. The jury will determine the winner with the best project proposal.
  • Prize: The winning proposal will receive a $100,000 grant towards the development costs of the project from Access Power & FMO. On top of that Access Power will also pre-qualify the winning project for the $5 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) 2016 deployment, subject to the ACF qualification requirements found on the Access Power website
  • More details on the Solar Shark Tank and on the application procedure can be found on the dedicated webpage.

Jury Members

AART MULDER
MANAGER ENERGY /// FMO
RUURD BROUWER
CEO /// TCX FUND
STEPHANE BONTEMPS
BOARD DIRECTOR & MEMBER OF INVESTMENT COMMITTEE /// ACCESS POWER
TAS ANVARIPOUR
GLOBAL PARTNER /// ABRAAJ GROUP

17:00 - Closing keynote - Leadership on the Edge

The story of one man’s mission to become the first person in history to walk to the north and south poles. How that mission has led him to an involvement with the world of solar and how his next mission will take him again to the very ends of the earth on the ultimate test of solar power for his survival .

ROBERT SWAN
FOUNDER /// 2041 FOUNDATION

17:45 - Closing remarks

OPENING SPEAKER:
ELVIRA EURLINGS
DIRECTOR ENERGY DEPARTMENT /// FMO
 

17:50 - Networking drinks – sponsored by SolarCity

 
 

19:00 - Departure for dinner by bus (only for registered participants)

 

19:15 - Networking dinner* 

*Optional, to be added as supplement during registration procedure (€95,- per person).


18 February
Conference Day 1