Off-grid Investment Exchange 2017

Pay-as-you-go (PAYG), roof-top solar and other off-grid technologies have the potential to scale quickly and challenge conventional power generation models. The Off-grid Investment Exchange brought local businesses and off-grid pioneers together with international developers and investors (DFIs, banks, commercial and impact investors) who are looking to buy into this fast-growing industry.

Sponsored by Lumos Global and Winch Energy, and supported by GOGLA, the 2017 Off-grid Investment Exchange was held at RSA House, London on 16 November.

To encourage an open dialogue between all participants, proceedings were held under the Chatham House Rule, with panellists leading off the discussion of each topic and questions and comments from the audience throughout.

Read Jon Marks’ off-grid energy article in African Energy, which includes a summary of last year’s Off-grid Investment Exchange at the AIX: Power & Renewables 2016 meeting.

Off-grid Investment Exchange – Agenda

RSA House, London – 16 November 2017

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12h30 to 13h30 Lunch

13h30 to 15h00

Electrification strategies

Chair: Michael Franz, Team Leader, Africa-EU Renewable Energy Co-operation Programme (RECP)

• Improving transparency, measuring performance and managing off-grid expectations.

• Incorporating an off-grid electrification strategy in national policy and regulation framework.

• Update on storage, latest trends and costs.

• Pay-as-you-go PAYG or other off-grid business models: who will be electrifying households and businesses in the next 3 to 5 years?

• What part will micro- and mini-grids play in the off-grid energy mix?

Dafe Akpeneye, Commissioner, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission

Simbarashe Mhuriro, Managing Director, Oxygen Africa

Erwin Spolders, Chief Executive Officer, Redavia

Koen Peters, Executive Director, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)

Andreas Spiess, Chief Executive Officer, Solarkiosk


15h15 to 16h30
Accessing finance

Chair: Ed Harkins, Managing Director, GKB Ventures

• Is there investor over-exuberance in the solar home system market?

• Role of DFIs: creating an environment for commercial banks to participate?

• Syndication, securitisation, asset-backed financing solutions and other innovative financial instruments.

• Stimulating local capital for off-grid models.

Alexander Brummeler, Head of Finance Innovation, Azuri Technologies

Eitan Hochster, Director of Business Development, Lumos Global

Tinashe Makoni, Senior Consultant, Trinity International

James Mittell, Principal, Actis

Nico Tyabji, Director of Strategic Partnerships,SunFunder

Nicholas Wrigley,CEO,Winch Energy

16h30 End of Off-grid Investment Exchange

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