About the Conference

The Sub-Saharan Africa region presents one of the most exciting solar opportunities and markets in the world.

With one of the highest solar radiations in the world, solar energy is an obvious natural energy resource in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), at about 6kWh per square meter daily, especially for off-grid locations limited by transmission and fuel transport networks.

According to the World Bank, access to electricity for households in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is less than 25%, falling as low as 10% in rural areas. With power outages happening at an average of 56 days a year, it has taken a toll on the economic growth of the region. Every time the power goes out, backup diesel generators must kick in to reduce economic losses for the industry, with losses as much as 20% where back-up generation is not available. There is an urgent and dire need for SSA to address this crisis.

It is estimated that more than USD 40 billion a year of investments is needed for SSA to address the power supply problem that is hindering this economic growth.

The governments in the region have recognised the importance of renewables, especially solar, in the energy supply mix. Commercial users are also beginning to take unprecedented steps to install on-site solar energy systems in order to ensure the stability of energy supplies and to cut energy costs. The affordability of the cost of PV systems has improved the solar value proposition to commercial users. The cost of renewable energy such as solar had fallen significantly from $250 per 30 watts solar system to about $150.

Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Energy Conference 2014 convenes key decision makers and policy makers as they share their plans for the growth of solar energy generation for rural electrification and industrial applications. Explore the business case for solar and the economic growth it has in store, with the deployment of this renewable energy resource.

Snapshots of Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Programs:

Angola - The Government has committed to the implementation of PV projects for electricity generation to meet the country's rising energy demands, through investments in 130 solar projects for schools, health centers, water pumping, lighting & other projects. In the long term, the country plans to integrate solar into the national grid. The Government in cooperation with the US government has plans to open a RE research & technology centre. The CEO of Portuguese Utility EDP has expressed interest to invest in PV projects in the country with future plans to have small solar villages.
Botswana - Renewable energy feed-in tariffs was introduced in 2011. The "Energy Master Plan" was also launched for rural electrification with solar energy.
Eritrea - installed 12 MW in various parts of the country, benefiting 65% of remote areas. High potential of solar energy in the country has been identified with solar radiation maps being prepared by the Energy Research and Training Centre of the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Solar PV panels and batteries are partially locally manufactured, reducing cost.
Ghana - has passed the Renewable Energy Act in Parliament, to reach the target of 10% renewable energy in the national energy generation by 2020, putting in place the necessary legal & regulatory framework. Solar panels have been installed for schools in rural communities to boost academic performance and for clinic's medication & medical instrument storage. Cadbury has also invested US$780,000 in solar projects.
Kenya - boasts Africa's largest rooftop system installed on United Nations Environment Programme's headquarters. There is development of 50MW PV project. Solar academy has been set up to train locals. Kenya is looking to be the base of operation for $140 million solar power station by Chinese solar panel manufacturers. Solar financing plan was launched to enable access to PV systems. Negotiable tariff system implemented to attract project development and favourable rate of return for investors. Loan facility is available from any commercial bank when buying panels from a Kenyan-based module manufacturer.
Lesotho - has solar power implemented by UNDP/GEF.
Mozambique - was granted a US$35 million loan from South Korean government's Economic Development Cooperation Fund, to provide 400 to 500kw of power, together with the commitment to the training of locals in maintenance and know-how. The Ministry of Energy has also launched programs to accelerate solar energy usage.
Nigeria targets for 5% of energy generation mix from renewable energy by 2020 with the Power Reforms Act. Minister of Power announced the boost to the country's energy needs with 1,000MW of solar power over the next 10 years. Germany has committed to invest 20million Euros to boost energy efficiency by 6,500MW, of which 500MW of solar energy. Nigeria is ranked as one of world's top 4 destinations for investment and growth, making RE investments in the country particularly attractive.
Rwanda has land allocated by the government for solar park developments, with policies in place for development of solar water heater. It boasts the 1st grid scale solar development in East Africa with the PPA for the 8.5MW park signed. Previous claim to fame is being home to the "largest single solar installation in Africa.
Senegal was the 1st country to pass renewable energy law in West Africa, with the decision to make solar energy the main energy source. It is home to the 1st solar PV module manufacturing in West Africa, with annual output of 25 MW. The usage of RE is targeted at 60% of its electricity consumption.
South Africa targets to grow RE supply from 1% in 2012 to 12 % in 2020, at 3.725GW. It had the first CSP plant in SSA and what was the largest PV plant in Africa
Swaziland has a 100MW solar farm planned on public land, valued at $185million, to be connected to the grid, supplying more that 50% of the country's energy needs, changing the energy mix of the country.
Tanzania has the "Solar PV Scheme" launched by World Bank & African Development Bank for 70,000 households in rural Tanzania. ABD and Climate Investment Fund has approved plans to drive small-scale solar installations in 10 rural districts
Uganda has launched a 10 year program by the government for Energy for Rural Transformation.
Zimbabwe introduced feed-in tariffs to boost usage of renewable energy in private sector power generation. 3 solar plants of 300MW was established in partnership with Chinese firm and project funding of US$750 million acquired from HSBC, China Eximbank and United Overseas Bank. Zimbabwe currently has a power demand deficit of 1 100MW, which is currently covered by imports from the region.

Why you must not miss this conference?

•      Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference 2014 is the only solar energy focused event in SSA
•      Revel in the exciting opportunities present in SSA's solar energy market
•      Hear from policy makers & government officials the plans and targets
•      Meet with key stakeholders and decision makers involved in the evolution of SSA's electricity supply
•      Find out how you can benefit from the incentives for investment
•      Evaluate the business case for commercial solar applications and the latest technological applications relevant to your business
•      Address the complexities involved with solar investments and how you can manage the risks & optimise ROI
•      Learn more about the available financing options and the makings of a bankable solar energy project
•      Adopt best practice strategies and technical know-how from successful projects in the region

Who will be attending the conference?

Join us at the inaugural Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference 2014 & map out your roadmap to take part in the rapidly growing PV market. This is the only focal point to get first hand market insights in a business to business setting.