|DIAMOND SPONSOR /// EVERSHEDS|
|Our specialist clean energy and sustainability team is one of the leading international teams and has been awarded Renewable Legal Advisors of the Year (Euromoney / Ernst & Young).
We advise on all aspects of all renewable and clean energy technologies across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including: onshore and offshore wind, biomass, waste and landfill gas to energy, solar, wave and tidal, hydro generation, bio fuels, CDM projects, carbon credit trading.
We are leaders in advising on offshore wind: advising on over 50% of the UK’s offshore wind projects; lead advisers on the largest offshore wind project in the world; as well as leading on the financing of the world’s largest proposed biomass project, and a cross-border hydropower project in West Africa.
We understand the global renewable energy market and have lawyers throughout the key jurisdictions. We are represented on key committees and groups in the sector.
|DIAMOND SPONSOR /// DEG|
|The mission of DEG, a subsidiary of KfW, is to promote business initiative in developing and emerging market countries as a contribution to sustainable growth and improved living conditions of the local population. To this end, we make long-term financing and advice available to private enterprises investing in these countries.
It is of utmost importance to us that the investments co-financed by DEG have a sustained beneficial impact in developing countries. We put emphasis on companies that are successful in the long term and on value-added investments that make an impact.
|DIAMOND SPONSOR /// PROPARCO|
|PROPARCO, AFD’s subsidiary dedicated to private investment, promotes private investment in emerging and developing countries in order to boost growth, promote sustainable development and reach the Millennium Development Goals. Its financing is tailored to the specific needs of investors in the productive sector, financial systems, infrastructure and private equity investment.|
|DIAMOND SPONSOR /// EQUIS ENERGY|
|Headquartered in Singapore, Equis is Asia’s largest independent infrastructure private equity manager. Over the past five years, Equis has raised over US$2.7 billion in equity for Asia-Pacific infrastructure initiatives.
In 2012, Equis commenced its renewable energy business, Equis Energy, which grew to become Asia’s largest renewable energy independent power producer (IPP). In October 2017, Equis and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) announced the sale of 100% of Equis Energy to a GIP-led consortium for USD5.0 billion (including assumed liabilities of USD1.3bn). The transaction was the largest renewable energy generation acquisition in history.
Having achieved significant scale and growth since its inception in 2010, Equis now have a strong local presence in 10 Asia-Pacific countries and is known for its local-market expertise and hands-on engineering and management of all aspects of development, construction and operations. Equis’ operations are conducted by a team of more than 640 professionals across 15 Asian offices.
|Equis Energy Website|
|DIAMOND SPONSOR /// THESAN|
|The Thesan mission is to search for new and increasingly better ways of producing renewable, affordable and really environmentally sustainable energy. It began with solar energy and quickly branched out into new strategic sectors, in particular focusing on saving energy in the building industry. Right now, Thesan has two separate business units: Renewable & Clean Energy and Air Quality & Energy Saving.|
|DIAMOND SPONSOR /// AFC|
|AFC is an African-led multilateral development finance institution, established in 2007, whose mission is to improve African economies by proactively developing and financing infrastructure, industrial and financial assets. AFC is involved as an investor, developer and financier of various infrastructure projects, and is gaining recognition as the benchmark institution for financing the development of infrastructure projects in Africa. AFC has a unique mandate to bring together the capital and commercial mind-set of the private sector with African governments to deliver an African-led solution to the continent’s infrastructure challenge. This unique public/private shareholder base is critical, with each group contributing significantly to the operations of AFC.|
|REGISTRATION SPONSOR /// VOLTIQ|
|Voltiq raises equity and debt for its clients and partners, focusing exclusively on renewable energy and energy transmission projects. Main focus is on wind (on- and offshore), solar PV, and transmission, primarily in emerging markets.Voltiq has offices in The Netherlands, Spain and Panama, and has executed more than 50 deals since 2009 covering 3,300 MW of wind capacity, 1,600 MW of solar PV, 300 MW of CSP, 240 MW biomass, and over 5,000 km of high voltage transmission. Voltiq secures maximum value creation for its clients in energy projects, arranging complex (international) financing structures. Voltiq has extensive networks with all leading financial institutions including commercial banks, multilaterals and development banks.|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// TCX|
|The Currency Exchange Fund N.V. (“TCX”) is a development finance initiative that offers currency derivatives in financial markets where such products are not available or poorly accessible.
TCX acts as a market‐maker in currencies and maturities not covered by banks. A key objective of the Fund is to allow lenders and borrowersto hedge currency mismatchesthatresult from cross‐border financing involving frontier markets.
TCX typically offers longer‐dated products to support longer‐term local currency finance.
TCX covers over 70 currencies worldwide. Since starting operationsin 2008, TCX has hedged over USD 3.6 billion of local currency loans. By December 2015, the Fund’s portfolio of cross currency swaps and forwards amounted to over USD 1.3 billion spread across 50 currencies and 650 transactions. TCX’s investor base consists of development finance institutions and microfinance investment vehicles active in emerging and frontier markets.
|GOLD SPONSOR /// JINKO SOLAR|
|JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base worldwide. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 3.5 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 3 GW for solar cells, and 6 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2016.
JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 5 productions facilities in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces, China, Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, 16 overseas subsidiaries: Singapore, Japan (2), India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and South Africa and 17 global sales offices: China (2), United Kingdom, France, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica and Colombia.
|Jinko Solar Website|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// PHANES GROUP|
|Phanes Group is an international solar energy developer, investment and asset manager, strategically headquartered out of Dubai with a local footprint in sub-Saharan Africa, through its two offices in the region’s largest economies - Nigeria and South Africa.
Phanes Group has a pipeline of 600 MW under development in Africa, with 260 MW of grid connected solar PV in Nigeria across three different projects. The first of the three to be built, in the Sokoto region, is backed by one of the Nigerian government’s 14 PPAs. In addition, the group is developing off-grid solar solutions to ensure communities across the region have access to a stable and clean energy supply.
Established in 2012, Phanes Group’s integrated approach, combining financial and engineering expertise, enables the company to deliver end-to-end solar energy solutions. The group has a growing portfolio of solar investments and developments spanning multiple geographies with a distinct focus on emerging markets, especially MENA and sub-Saharan Africa.
In the Middle East, Phanes Group is delivering the region’s largest distributed solar project (DP World Solar Program) and completed phase I (33.4 MW) of the largest solar project in the Caribbean (Monte Plata). Cumulatively, the company’s global clean power contribution is in excess of 70 MW, with a further 1.5 GW in the pipeline.
|Phanes Group Website|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// CDC|
|CDC is the UK government-owned DFI. It has a $6bn balance sheet, and invests in businesses across Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people's lives.
CDC has a six-decade heritage of investing and lending in the African power sector, and has directly or indirectly invested in a third of all utility-scale IPPs in SSA (outside South Africa). More recently, CDC has been an active investor in the off-grid solar sector, and has exposure to a number of companies via its intermediated equity and direct equity portfolios. Going forward, debt will form a central part of CDC’s strategy to finance the OGS space.
|GOLD SPONSOR /// MAZARS|
|In global energy and infrastructure finance, Mazars is one of the leading financial modelling, tax and assurance specialists worldwide, and is consistently ranked the #1 global model auditor; reviewing projects with a combined value of $100 billion in the period 2015-2018 (Inframation League Tables). We have served clients on multiple gigawatts of renewable energy projects globally – across all technologies – as well as transmission and storage and other power transactions globally. We provide transaction advice and valuation services to leading infrastructure investors, in fundraising and M&A and offering specialist project valuation advice based on our extensive insight into current transactions and market activity. This industry and sector focus is backed by the tax, accounting, and consulting support of the Mazars Group represented in over 80 countries worldwide. Our Global Infrastructure Finance core team is based in London, New York, Paris, Delhi, Sydney, Tokyo and Abidjan. We are one team, and the hallmark of our integrated approach is that we apply understanding gained in one market segment to other market regions, sectors, and transaction types.|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// RECOM|
|RECOM was established in 2007 and has marked a fast and steady growth as a PV module manufacturer and an Independent Power Provider (IPP) with worldwide presence. Today, it is the largest PV module manufacturer in Europe, with production facilities in France, Italy (solar cells & panels) and Poland, products sold in more than 70 countries and an annual production capacity of up to 1.5GW. RECOM team is made up of innovators and experts from all corners of the globe, who instill the company’s mission –to advocate global commitment to social and environmental considerations, promote the benefits of solar power and the switch to cleaner, safer and affordable energy. Innovation, superior quality and financial solidity are the cornerstones of the business that have made RECOM the preferred choice for both high efficiency PV modules and solar solutions globally.|
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// SCATEC SOLAR|
|Scatec Solar is an integrated independent solar power producer (IPP), delivering affordable, rapidly deployable and sustainable source of clean energy worldwide. A long-term player, Scatec Solar develops, builds, owns and operates solar power plants, and already has an installation track record of close to 600 MW. The company is producing electricity from 322 MW of solar power plants in the Czech Republic, South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras and Jordan. With an established global presence, the company is growing briskly with a project backlog and pipeline of more than 1.8 GW under development or construction in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Scatec Solar is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.|
|Scatec Solar Website|
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// STÄUBLI|
|125 years of experience - Stäubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact) is part of the Stäubli Group, a technology leader and pioneer in the fields of electrical and fluid connectors, robotics and textile machinery since its foundation in 1892. Together with the company formerly known as Multi-Contact, which was founded in 1962, we have nearly 55 years of practical experience producing reliable electrical connectors for photovoltaics and other industries.
Original MC4 sets the standard - The first industrial photovoltaic connector (MC3) was introduced by Multi-Contact (Stäubli) in 1996 followed by the original MC4 in 2004 setting the industry standard ever since. The exclusive MULTILAM advanced contact technology raised the bar in terms of consistent quality and outstanding reliability.
140 GW PV capacity - Entering 2017, we have more than 140 GW of installed photovoltaic capacity, amounting to 50 % of the global cumulative PV capacity, that had been successfully connected using our Stäubli photovoltaic connectors. This figure demonstrates the reliability and highest quality of our products. They guarantee proper operation over their whole lifetime (>25 years) and have a positive impact on the bankability of photovoltaic projects.
|EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// CROWDCREDIT|
|Crowdcredit was founded in 2013 aiming at connecting borrowers in needs of capitals in countries with premature financial infrastructure and investors in needs of asset management opportunities in countries with saturated financial market, namely Japan.
Currently, the company is exploring solar energy sector and is developing partnership with those parties; such as, off/on-grid manufacturers, installers, financiers, project developers, etc. who have regular financing needs for business expansion. Moreover, it is possible for Crowdcredit to suffice their needs by serial loans that are funded every two weeks by Japanese retail investors in its proprietary crowd funding platform.
As of today, Crowdcredit has raised loan funds of US$ 45mm+ from 8,000+ registered investors at the recent rate of US$ 4mm per month with increasing trend. Also, the company has provided loans to SMEs, non-bank lenders and individuals mainly in emerging or newly developed countries; such as, Peru, Estonia, Georgia, Cameroon, etc.
|EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// RECP|
|The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) is a European programme that supports the development of markets for renewable energy in Africa. It focuses on decentralised renewable energy investments, across a range of market segments and business models in the on- and off-grid space.
The RECP works with a wide range of partners to mobilise private sector and build a pipeline of investment projects ready for financing. It delivers through a broad range of activities, including “bankability” support to project developers, information on market and financing opportunities, scouting of projects and partners, match-making sessions for project developers and financiers, as well as partnerships with business associations.
It is funded by Germany, the European Commission, the Netherlands and Austria, and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// JCM POWER|
|JCM Power is a Canadian-based independent power producer (IPP) dedicated to accelerating social, economic and environmental sustainability in growth markets through the development, construction and operation of renewable energy facilities and HVDC transmission lines.|
|JCM Power Website|
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// FIRST SOLAR|
|First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems using advanced module and system technology. Through determined innovation, we have achieved a significant milestone by delivering solar energy that is an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel sourced electricity. From module sales through turnkey power plant development and operations and maintenance, First Solar is a reliable, world-class partner for clean, renewable energy generation.|
|First Solar Website|
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// ELECTRIFI|
|The Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI) is an innovative facility supporting electrification investments. It is initiated by FMO, the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank. ElectriFI is funded by the European Commission and Power Africa . , ElectriFI is managed by the EDFI Management Company (EDFIMC). EDFIMC is an asset management company established in 2016 on behalf of EDFI’s members, as a full subsidiary of the EDFI Association in Brussels. It aims to supporting market development in new areas of financing and projects.
The mission of the EDFI Management Company is to deepen investment flows to priority areas by managing joint investment facilities on behalf of the European Commission, the EDFI members and potentially other funders of private sector projects on a highly efficient and financially self-sustaining basis.
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// INACCESS|
|Inaccess provides innovative centralized management solutions for Renewable Energy and Telecom infrastructures with global presence (in Americas, Europe and Asia), mostly offered on a turn-key basis. With its recent strategic partnership with Draker in the US and a cumulative portfolio of more than 6.5GWp across 4,000+ sites, our technical solutions have established a significant track record.
Our objective is to provide high quality solutions to our clients (Utilities, EPCs, O&Ms, Developers and Funds) for better and effective management of their renewable assets.
In 2014 & 2015, Inaccess with Draker have been acknowledged as: #3 independent monitoring provider for the utility-scale PV segment globally (in MW)
As of end of 2016:
6.5GW worldwide of which 2.5GW are located in the US
Our mission is to help our customers build and operate effectively their valuable renewable assets throughout a mix of state-of-the-art systems, intelligent software and value added services.
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// SUNGROW|
|Sungrow is a global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables with over 49GW installed worldwide as of June 2017. Founded in 1997 by University Professor Renxian Cao, Sungrow is a global leader in research and development in solar inverters, with numerous patents and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter systems as well as energy storage systems for utility-scale, commercial, and residential applications. With a 20-year track record of growth and success, Sungrow has established 16 subsidiaries worldwide located throughout the Americas, APAC, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, maintaining a market share of around 20% in Germany and over 15% in the world.|