Accra To Host Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference In April

1. Singapore, 29 January 2014 – Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most exciting solar markets in the world. The region faced by dire energy demand gap and the urgent need for this to be addressed coupled with the high solar irradiance bestowed in the region create exceptional opportunities for solar energy investment & deployment. Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference 2014 will kick off from 23 to 24 April 2014 in Accra, Ghana.

The proceedings of the event will be in English & will be hosted at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.

The conference will see a distinguished panel of speakers drawn from Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, The Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Philippines, USA, Belgium, Senegal, Abu Dhabi etc.

The speakers panel include GET FiT Uganda, Kenya’s Energy Regulatory Commission, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, FMO, Investment Fund for Developing Countries, BioTherm Energy, Harith General Partners, CTI-PFAN, South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, South African Independent Power Producers Association, International Finance Corporation, European Investment Bank, GIZ, Asian Development Bank, African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE), African Renewable Energy Alliance – AREA, African Solar Designs Ltd, REEEP, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Kumasi Institute of Technology, Energy and Environment (KITE) and ILF Consulting Engineers.

The conference is well timed to tap on the opportunities. Commented Samuel Adu-Asare, African Renewable Energy Alliance – AREA, “Looking forward, Sub-Saharan African countries tends to offer the biggest market opportunities to integrate RE technologies to accelerate the growth of its regional economies that will help address the socio-economic challenges confronting most of its people.”

This high-level strategic platform, which features a gathering of the Who’s Who in solar energy infrastructure developments to meet the energy demand gap of the SSA nations, for rural electrification and energy intensive industries.

“The conference provides an unique opportunity to explore untapped business partnerships in Sub Saharan Africa and interaction with energy regulators and decision makers involved with implementation of generation targets and project development plans in renewable energy”, said Mr. Amit Jain, Energy Access Specialist for Asian Development Bank

Recognising “The nexus between solar energy, agriculture and agro-processing will be one of the keys to unlock the productive capacity of the region, impact on global trade and provide sustainable and inclusive growth.”, commented Dr. L. Thiombiano, Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, FAO Representative to Ghana, Regional Office for Africa.

Companies showcasing their technology & expertise are renewables – Made in Germany and Solar Way.

They have recognised the opportunities in the region, “Photovoltaic markets in Sub-Saharan Africa have shown a vibrant development in recent times. ‘renewables – Made in Germany’ supports this development by the facilitation of sustainable partnerships between African and German companies entailing knowledge and technology transfer.

The initiative thus focuses on information dissemination and the support for showcase projects. Therefore, we believe that this conference is a good opportunity to initiate strong partnerships that will even build more on the markets’ momentum”, said Miss Elisabeth Gager.

Country development agencies and policy makers such as Mr. Rene Tobias Meyer, Secretariat of GET FiT Uganda commented that “This Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference 2014 should be interesting for global developers of and investors in solar/PV technology. The entry to the African solar market is shaped by various opportunities and constraints, which are best understood from firsthand experience. Further, development agencies provide interesting incentive schemes for investment, which will be presented at this conference.”

Investors such as Mr. Ernest Nyarko, Investment Director of Harith General Partners have no doubts on the future of solar energy, sharing his thoughts that “Developing a clean, affordable and inexhaustible solar power infrastructure will positively impact the insecurities in our power sectors. Yet in spite of its proven long term benefits around the world, solar power is still a new concept in our space. But it is heart-warming that it is now gaining traction among key stakeholders as a pivotal solution to our perennial power problem”, adding that the “conference will afford us all the opportunity not just to gain fresh sector-perspectives, but also contribute to the discourse on actualising the potential of solar power in our infrastructure space.”

Mr. Nana Yaw Kwakye, Investment Manager of the SSA Investment Team for Investment Fund for Developing Countries also believes that “Aside from networking and knowledge sharing, the conference will be a great avenue to ascertain how far we are from realising the potential of solar in Africa.”

The CEO of the conference organising company, Magenta Global Pte. Ltd, Singapore, Ms Maggie Tan, said “This conference will provide a roadmap on how the Governments and Industries can work together to tap into solar energy – a clean energy that not only solve Africa’s energy crunch but also provides job and stimulate economic growth. Any company that offers products and services related to the development of solar energy project must not miss the opportunity to assess firsthand the opportunities and business potential present in the sub-Saharan Africa region.

The combination of the pressing energy shortage situation and the natural resource of solar radiation places sub-Saharan Africa in the optimum position to leverage on the bountiful opportunity that solar energy can offer.” Ms Tan encouraged companies, organisations, businesses and government that share Magenta’s vision for the future of a sustainable clean
energy supply for sub-Saharan Africa to be part of this key event.

The conference is organized by Singapore-based Magenta Global and is supported by ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE), Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA), Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association (TPVIA) and Alliance for Rural Electrification.

About Magenta Global – Owner & Organizer

Magenta Global Pte Ltd is a premier independent business media company that provides pragmatic and relevant information to government & business executives and professionals worldwide. The organization provides the opportunity to share thought-provoking insights, exchange ideas on the latest industry trends and technological developments with thought leaders and business peers. With a strong focus in emerging economies especially in Africa, Middle East & Central Asia, Magenta Global works in partnership with both the public and private sectors.

About ‘renewables – Made in Germany’ – Exhibitor

The ‘renewables – Made in Germany’ initiative has been implemented by the German Federal Ministry of Economics

and Technology since 2002. It promotes partnerships between local and German companies for renewable energy through technology and knowledge-transfer in countries such as Ghana. The initiative’s services are tailored to the

needs of specific sectors and technologies such as photovoltaic energy. They create tangible value for local and German companies while contributing to a sustainable market development.

The services comprise information about German technology and local markets, brokering business partnerships, support to the implementation of renewable energy projects and support functions such as trainings and policy advisory services.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been implementing the Renewable

Energy Project Development Programme under the initiative. The programme promotes the development of renewable energy pilot projects of German and Ghanaian business partners having a signalizing effect on the market and entailing the implementation of further projects.

About Solarway – Exhibitor

Solarway is a leading manufacturer of premium quality solar powered lighting and mobile phone charging products,

which provide affordable lighting and communication solutions to millions of people living without electricity or with limited access to electricity.

We specialise in renewable energy solutions that can enhance and change people’s lives. Our aim is to confront the challenges of lack of power for communication and lighting with well designed, reliable and affordable solar powered products.

Solarway have a wide range of reliable and well-designed products, which are available worldwide and at an affordable price. Our development teams design, create and engineer solar powered products and come up with innovative solutions that can perform in the most extreme conditions bringing the ability to have light at night and to power communication so necessary for developing economies.

Supporting Organizations Include:

About ANSOLE – Supporting Organization

The three main goals of ANSOLE are:

To foster training and education in solar energy at various skill levels (training and education)

To foster research activities in the field of solar energy among African scientists working within Africa and those in the diaspora (research)

To promote and encourage the use of solar energy in Africa (economy, development and environmental protection)

About SASIA – Supporting Organization

The Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association aspires to provide Saudi Arabia solar professionals with the opportunity to meet through workshops, conferences and lectures.

The Saudi Arabia Industry Association aspires to publish white-papers and research reports that aim to assist policymakers on matters related to solar policies, standards, and product certifications.

The Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association aspires to assist international solar companies establishing or contemplating the establishment of a representative office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

About TAREA – Supporting Organization

The objective of TAREA is to promote the sustainable development of Renewable Energy in Tanzania Mainland.

TAREA cooperates with all important enterprises in Tanzania, as well as (inter-)national organisations.

About REEEP – Supporting Organization

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a market catalyst for clean energy in developing countries and emerging markets. In this role, it acts as a funder, information provider and connector for upscaling clean energy business models.

REEEP has a network of Regional Secretariats on the ground around the globe, including China and India, ensuring that all activities are locally relevant and focused. Over its lifetime, REEEP has been supported primarily by governments (Australia, Austria, Canada, the European Union, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, the US and the United Kingdom), by institutions such as the OPEC Fund for International Development, and by contributions from the private sector. Robust governance and monitoring structures ensure that all contributions are spent transparently and effectively.

About ARE – Supporting Organization

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is the only international business association in the world focusing on the

provision and promotion of small scale renewable energy solutions for rural electrification in developing and emerging markets. Based on the experience of over 70 members, coming from all sectors relevant to renewable energies in developing countries, it develops technological, political and financial recommendations, which are made available to policy makers and other actors in the field of rural electrification.

About TPVIA – Supporting Organization

The Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association (TPVIA) was founded by PV-related companies and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). The TPVIA is a non-profit organization, that members are from all PV sections, including: materials, solar cells, modules, systems technology, the accessories materials, manufacturing equipment, etc…, covering complete industrial chain of upstream, middle stream and downstream.

TPVIA provides a platform collecting industrial opinions from members and communicate with government,

researching or other organizations. We hope to make solar power and renewable energy closer to the people living, and encourage people care about the global environmental protection.

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