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September 2020 to December 2020

Africa Investment Exchange: Power and Renewables

Enabling power project development in Africa

September to December 2020 – online

The 7th AIX: Power & Renewables was a series of monthly meetings held in a virtual environment between September to December 2020, with live streaming, fringe events, an online exhibition and networking opportunities.

Further details on each monthly meeting are listed below:

22 September 2020

11h00 - 11h30

Ryan Anderson, Head of Section Renewable Energy Advisory Services at Multiconsult will be sharing his insights on a recent report: "What role can Africa’s reservoir hydropower play in enabling variable renewables: The case of 900 MW of solar in Zambia.” at the first AIX Power & Renewables meeting on 22 September.

12h00 to 13h30 BST

Grid strategies

Examining key institutional themes for grid operations.

  • Governance model: unbundling vs vertical integration
  • Tariff structure: cost reflectiveness and funding models
  • Privatisation: lessons learned from various experiences across the continent
  • Grid upgrades: perspectives from the private sector, C&I customers and transmission operators
  • Balancing the grid: how best to respond to new challenges and opportunities in maintaining grid stability
13h30  Online networking
Send a message, schedule a meeting or initiate a call

14h00 to 15h30 BST

Storage strategies

The session will focus on issues around storage as they impact on African electricity supply and other industries.
  • Examining the solar-plus-storage model and opportunities for investment
  • Recent tenders and best practices from around the world and African case studies
  • Understanding the technologies, costs and applications for storage
  • Who is financing storage? What are their conditions, restrictions and main concerns?

Satellite sessions

We plan to run several grid and storage focused roundtables in partnership with speakers and sponsors, including:

  • Best practices in renewable energy sources integration
  • What are the different peaking options?
  • Energy management and peak shaving – including time- shift of renewables
  • Synergies between storage, conventional power and emergency power solutions

27 October 2020

11h00 GMT – 26 October

Tanzania Roundtable

Mark Gammons, Head of Business Development for Tanzania at Globeleq is hosting a pre-conference roundtable meeting focusing on Tanzania’s power industry.

  • The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania is committed to driving Tanzania to a higher level of development and industrialisation, fuelled by growth in the power sector.
  • The Government-championed 2,100 MW Nyerere Hydropower Project is well underway and many are interested to see how it progresses.
  • The TANESCO renewables tenders, including the 2x100MW Large Wind Power projects and the 3x50MW Large Solar Power projects are poised to proceed with very low tariffs.
  • With the election happening on 28 October those connected to the power sector are watching carefully to see what direction Tanzania will go in the next six months to set the path for the next five years.

12h00 to 13h30 GMT

East African perspective

Ajay Ubhi, Research analyst at African Energy will start with East Africa insights from African Energy Live Data.
Interactive discussion focusing on the region’s strategic direction
  • Impact of Covid-19
  • Does East Africa have enough power?
  • What future for thermal generation?
  • Update for IPPs
  • Outlook for competitive procurements
13h30  Online networking
Send a message, schedule a meeting or initiate a call

14h00 to 15h30 GMT

Strategies for regional integration

How realistic are plans for East African energy industries to become more integrated via electricity interconnections, pipelines and shared policy?

  • View across the East African Community region
  • Analysis of key projects to assess progress, including Eastern Africa Power Pool prospects
  • Questions of trust and national interest - thorny issues
  • What is required to create a bankable regional market
  • The impact of international support for interconnections

Satellite sessions

Access to fringe events (country focuses, workshops, interviews, speaker Q&As, and roundtables) co-hosted by our speakers and partners. Topics may include:

  • Outlook for Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
  • C&I and geothermal update

17 November 2020

Presentation: "Long term reliability as a key solar plant investment strategy" given by Titus Koech, Technical Services – MEA at JinkoSolar

12h00 to 13h30 GMT

Solar investment strategies

Recent insights on utility-scale solar from African Energy will kick-start the session.
  • Latest solar trends including floating PV
  • Future relationship between solar and public utilities
  • What is the true cost of solar?
  • Factors impacting on solar pricing
  • The role of development finance in the solar market

13h30 Online networking

Satellite sessions

Access to fringe events (country focuses, workshops, interviews, speaker Q&As, and roundtables) co-hosted by our speakers and partners.

15 December 2020

Optimising investment and avoiding costly mistakes in small hydro: the case of 14 small hydro IPPs in Uganda

Both, technical and environmental issues will be presented in this session, which will also provide a unique opportunity to review a large renewable energy portfolio outside of South Africa.

Satellite sessions

Access to fringe events (country focuses, workshops, interviews, speaker Q&As, and roundtables) co-hosted by our speakers and partners. Topics may include:

Community engagement; navigating land rights; communicating with governments; environmental standards; finding local partners; and accessing financing from DFIs, commercial banks, export credit agencies, China and India.

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AIX Power & Renewables include over 350 participants from:

Utilities, regulators and officials
Abuja Electricity Distribution Co • African Union Development Agency-NEPAD • Department for International Trade • East Africa Energy Program (EAEP) • Eastern Africa Power Pool • Electricity Control Board, Namibia • Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda • Energy Commission, Ghana • Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Kenya • Eskom • Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority, Tanzania • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (UK) • GRIDCo • High Commission of Canada • IPP Office, South Africa • KenGen • Kenya Power and Lighting Company • Masen • Ministry of Energy, Kenya • Ministry of Energy, Zambia • Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia • NamPower • National Energy Regulator of South Africa • Niger Delta Power Holding Company • Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission • Rwanda Development Board • Senelec • Southern African Power Pool • Umeme • ZESCO

Power developers
ACS Industrial Services and Energy (EA) • Aecom • Africa REN • Azura Power • BayWa r.e. renewable energy • Berkeley Energy • Caterpillar • Elsewedy Energy • Enerfín Sociedad de Energía • Engie EPS • Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation • Globeleq • Gridworks Development Partners • Jinko Solar • Karpowership • Kenergy Renewables • Lekela • Olsuswa Energy • Proton Energy • REH • responsAbility Renewable Energy Holdings (rAREH) • RP Global • Scatec Solar • Simba Group • SN Power • Songas • Tesla • Trina Solar • Upepo Energy • Voltalia • Wärtsilä • Windlab

Bboxx • CrossBoundary • Konexa • Nuru • Shell • StarSight Power Utility • Winch Energy

Development finance
Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries • Climate Investment Funds • DEG • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development • FMO • Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund • IFC • InfraCo Africa • Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) • Norfund • World Bank

Finance and investment
Actis • AIIM • Lion’s Head Global Partners • Mettle • Standard Bank • Standard Chartered Bank

Gas company
BP • Cheniere Energy • Circle Gas • Gigajoule International • Monetizing Gas Africa • Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone • Savannah Energy • Trafigura • Total

Professional services
AfIDA • Africa Energy Study Group • African Energy • Baker McKenzie • Bowmans • Chatham House • DNV GL • Economic Consulting Associates • Future Energy • Gide Loyrette Nouel • Herbert Smith Freehills • Manitoba Hydro International • Mercados/Aries International • Multiconsult • Norplan • Norton Rose Fulbright • Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) • REL Advisory • SAPVIA • Sediver • Thunder Energy • TMP Systems • TONBOFA Law Practice • Trinity International • University of Cape Town • Winston


Ask questions and share ideas with the AIX community during interactive panels with live chat and polling.


The meeting will continue to be held under the Chatham House Rule to allow for more open, but still useable, discussion.


Take advantage of roundtable discussions, interviews, exhibition and social events.


Our digital platform makes it easy for the AIX community to chat to one another, catch up with old friends with 1-to-1 video calls and connect with the contacts you want to meet.


Access material including survey results, event summaries and African Energy Live Data analysis.


Watch everything live or pick the time that suits you. Every panel session is recorded so you can catch up later.