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With 2 out of 3 people living in Africa without access to electricity, EnergyNet is committed to championing the importance of off-grid solutions for the continent.
 
Power is currently inaccessible, unaffordable, and unreliable for most people. This traps communities into poverty – students find it difficult to read after dark, clinics cannot refrigerate vaccines and businesses have shorter operating hours.

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EnergyNet is committed to championing the importance of off-grid solutions for the continent. This year at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen, we celebrated the one year anniversary of the Off the Grid Club (OTGC) - EnergyNet’s business accelerator and networking hub for the Rural Energy Access community, now with the support of over 44 members.
 
OTGC is a membership programme developed to provide a networking platform for off grid technology providers, financiers and regional leaders working in Africa’s off grid energy space
 
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The Off The Grid Village at AEF 2017
 
Featuring at AEF for a second year, the ‘Off the Grid Village’ returned in 2017 as the destination and networking hub for the Energy Access and Off Grid Community. The Off the Grid Village returned in a much greater scale, occupying premium space right at the front of the main Exhibition Hall. The area featured exhibition stands from leading off grid companies, dedicated networking functions, featured exhibits from our Arts-Energy Initiative and a dedicated 'alternative' stream for off grid and creative intiatiatives called the Innovation Theatre.
 

The Innovation Theatre

 
The Innovation Theatre is a dedicated 'alternative' stream of the AEF agenda which hosted interesting panels, workshops, demonstrations and seminars throughout the duration of AEF and showcased leading off grid solutions, services and expertise. It also hosted presentations from creative innovations linked to Energy Access, such as presentations from Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) and world renowned artist and co-founder of Little Sun, Olafur Eliasson.
 
The theatre was open to all AEF delegates, designed to provide an additional platform for the Off Grid and creative communities to communicate at AEF 2017.
 

The Arts-Energy Partnership

 
The Arts-Energy Partnership showcases the impacts of energy access on creativity in emerging markets, giving a platform to some of Africa’s most talented creative individuals. This year at AEF, the partnership played host to some of the most inspiring photo entries from our Energy Photo Competition as well as collaborating with local African artists to showcase their artworks in the Africa Energy Yearbook 2017/18.
 
 
 
If you would like more information on the Off the Grid Village or would like to become a member of the Off The Grid Club, please get in touch
 

The Origins of the Off the Grid Club

 
 
 
 
How did the Off The Grid Club come about?
 
On March 2nd 2016, EnergyNet attended the launch of the PowerTurtle - an innovative, off-grid energy solution for the pupils of Pheasant Folly Primary School in Gauteng. Following the South Africa: Gas Options conference in Cape Town last year, EnergyNet actively invested into the project via the "Not Just Talking" fund to help bring a sustainable and secure solution to the school, which could potentially be rolled out to other schools in the region.
 
Previously powered by expensive generators, Ugesi Gold’s James van der Walt and his team unveiling the PowerTurtle in front of an audience of members of the community, investors and technology providers from the private sector, VIP guests from the IPP Office and the President’s Office, and the children from the school themselves.
 
With crime and vandalism previously playing major roles in the disuse of solar PV power in South Africa, the PowerTurtle model is designed to provide secure, reliable and sustainable electricity for schools like Pheasant Folly Primary School.
 
 
 
Involved in the project alongside van der Walt were Gannie Nobel of RexiVista, Alastair Armstrong of AM Solar and Simon Gosling of EnergyNet Limited. Speeches were made by Lungelwa Tyali, Head of Operations at Ugesi Gold, Karen Breytenbach, Head of the IPP Office, Department of Energy, Silas Zimu, Senior Advisor to the President on Energy, the headmistress of the school and the project stakeholders.
 
Attendees were then treated to a practical demonstration of the PowerTurtle and performances by the school children, before cutting the ribbon to mark the beginning of a safer, cheaper, quieter and longer-term alternative to diesel generators.

This project sparked the idea to create a membership programme to help accelerate business for off grid companies using our conferences as platforms for relationship building.

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OFF THE GRID CLUB 2017

At the 2017 Africa Energy Forum we celebrated the first year anniversary of the Off The Grid Club.

See the highlights from the Off The Grid Village below, including snapshots from our ESEI and Arts-Energy initiatives and Off Grid exhibitors as well as our newly featured Innovation Theatre, which exclusively hosted alternative presentations on Off Grid topics and creative initiatives behind energy.

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Contact

Your Off the Grid contacts

For general enquiries:

 
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Ana Nicolaou
Marketing Executive
+44 (0) 20 7384 8226
 
To become a member or take an exhibition booth:
 
 
Alex Moulds
Business Development Director
International +44 (0)7500 702 171
UK: +44 (0)20 7384 8009

 

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Partners

Alternative Energy Africa

Alternative Energy Africa is the continent’s first magazine dedicated to literally filling the energy information gap in Africa.
 
Alternative Energy Africa provides its readers updates on private sector projects, government initiatives, business and investment news, and strategies for a thriving alternative/renewable energy market on the African continent, all of this in addition to global project news and groundbreaking technology coverage. And to complement the magazine, www.AE-Africa.com offers the latest updates between issues making the AEA online and print duo “the premiere source” of alternative and renewable energy news covering the African continent.
 
Visit www.ae-africa.com for more details.
Africa Sustainable Energy Association (AFSEA)

African Sustainable Energy Association (AFSEA) represents and actively promotes Renewable Energy Solutions on our continent. Our focus is on the whole industry, rather than one sector. Wind, Solar, Biomas, Biogas, Bio Fuels, Green Products, Energy Saving, Alternative Energy, Energy from Waste, Fuel Cell Technologies etc.
 
Our mission for AFSEA is to provide great insight into the African Sustainable Energy market by bringing companies from around the world together so they may prosper and gain the knowledge needed to expedite the implementation of renewable energy as a significant source of energy.
AFSEA advocate policy development on behalf of our members at decision making government level. We also promote understanding of the industry and its potential through tools such as industry events, forums, conferences, newsletters and publications, our objective is to provide access to information that can affect today’s clean energy industries as much as tomorrow’s world.
 
Our members share the belief that lowering our carbon footprint is as important as the doing of business itself because we understand that every small endeavor toward a green, sustainable world makes a difference.
 
Engerati

Media partner

Engerati is a central destination for delegates from leading global energy events to network, collaborate, share and engage. We provide our members with completely free access to our ever-growing archive of industry news, white papers, case studies, webinars, video presentations, interviews and blogs. Engerati is an invaluable resource to all energy professionals – nowhere else can you get such in-depth information on the global energy industry for free.

www.engerati.com

Renewable Energy Association of Zimbabwe (REAZ)

Renewable Energy Association of Zimbabwe (REAZ) is a non- governmental and non-profit making organisation. The mandate of REAZ is to facilitate the sustainable development and uptake of Renewable Energy Technologies in Zimbabwe to the benefit of its members, stakeholders and consumers. REAZ was formed in 2014 after the stakeholders identified that there was an increase in demand for energy and power products and services. Also, the market had experienced an increased interest in renewable energy increase in the number of players. REAZ was formed for all the energy stakeholders to speak with one voice. 
 
REAZ Partnered with Power for All and Hivos in order to promote distributed energy’ and renewable energy technologies in Zimbabwe. REAZ represent over 40 members in the renewable energy sector. The Association draws its membership from individuals and companies who are involved in the production, supply, importation, exportation, installation and servicing of RETs in Zimbabwe. In addition, the Association also draws membership from organizations, individuals, projects and programs who have sufficient and verifiable interest in the promotion, production, supply, importation, exportation, installation and servicing of RETs in Zimbabwe.
 
Emerging Market Investors Association (EMIA)

Association Partner

The Emerging Market Investor's Association (EMIA) is the world’s first and only not-for-profit Emerging Market organization, dedicated to advancing the industry as a whole and representing the combined interests of investors and investment professionals across asset classes.  www.emia.org

 

Africa Energy

African Energy is a respected source of independent analysis on the continent’s energy industries, produced by Cross-border Information (CbI), a globally recognised business intelligence company with a long established research focus on the politics, energy and financial sector trends of Africa and the Middle East.
 
African Energy’s work is based on the foundation of experienced staff analysts – African Energy has been produced by the same lead team since its launch in 1998 – and a network of correspondents and sources across more than 40 African countries.
 
Tel: +44(0)1424 721667. Web: www.africa-energy.com
 

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Get Involved

How can you get involved?

To become a member of Off the Grid Club register here:

Members of Off the Grid Club receive exposure via branding and PR throughout the year, as well as discounted delegate & exhibitor rates at our meetings.
 
Download the membership brochure for more information
 
 
  • Take an exhibition stand in the Off Grid Area at our annual Africa Energy Forum next June
Be part of a dedicated exhibition area offering off-grid technology providers a relevant platform to showcase their solutions and services to project developers and financiers, with the aim of getting new products made more readily available to the rural communities in Africa that need them the most.
 
Put your product in front of 2,000 investors and public sector leaders from Africa's power sector and build valuable relationships to benefit your growth strategy.

 

Membership

Complete the form below and someone from our team will be in touch with more details about the benefits of membership.

 

 

To become a member of the OTGC register here:

Who can apply to be a member?

Membership is open to off grid technology providers and financial investors including: Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), Foundations and Government Development Finance Initiatives.

Members are given a credible platform to show case market ready solutions at our conferences, becoming part of an engaged investment network of micro-financers, regional leaders and off grid technology providers in order to scale up products and accelerate the pace at which they go to market.
 
Off-grid technology providers will be given a platform to show case their products, and be connected to an investment network of micro-financers in order to find investment and deliver their products to market.
 
Financial investors will be given the opportunity to find relevant technology partners with credible, investment-ready products, working closely with Rural Electrification organisations and regional leaders.
 
Member benefits
 
  • Branding on Off The Grid Club website and brochure
  • Branding on all Off The Grid Club signage at AEF and any meetings which feature an Off Grid session throughout 2017/18 
  • Special discount on exhibition stand at Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid event (Kampala – January 2018)
  • Receive a quarterly newsletter with updates from the industry and event announcements
  • Chance for product launches, case studies and industry reports to be featured in the Off The Grid Club newsletter
  • Gain access to EnergyNet’s PR resources: opportunities to show case products, partnerships & project updates to a pan-African audience
  • Invitations to Off the Grid Club networking events where applicable
 

Membership lasts for 12 months from date of signed contract. To find out more about advanced membership levels with additional benefits, please contact us

Interested to find out more? Complete the below form and someone from our team will be in touch.

Members

Our Members are listed below. As proven investors & technology providers with direct experience of preparing market-ready solutions for the African off-grid sector, our Founding Members are there to offer support & advice to our members, and to contribute to the Not Just Talking investment Fund.

We are also grateful for the support of our Endorsing Partners DFID, Shell Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Virgin Unite.

Founding Members

EnergyNet Limited

EnergyNet has been producing investment forums and executive dialogues for Africa’s power sector for the last 18 years - in Europe, the USA, China and across the African continent. We work with 23 different governments and national utilities to facilitate investment summits where international investors can build relationships with credible African public sector stakeholders to advance access to power.
 
Best known for the Africa Energy Forum, the longest running meeting place for senior level decision makers in Africa’s power sector taking place in Europe each year, EnergyNet also produces the Powering Africa: Series- in-country investment meetings which provide a more detailed perspective on the investment landscape and power generation potential of countries such as Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ghana Ethiopia, South Africa and Egypt. Our team spend over 220 days a year travelling to meet stakeholders across Africa, so relationships and investor insights are both our business and our passion.
 
PowerTurtle

The PowerTurtle is the second generation SolarTurtle - an innovative, off-grid energy solution for communities in Africa. Headed up by Ugesi Gold’s James van der Walt, Gannie Nobel of RexiVista and Alastair Armstrong of AM Solar, the PowerTurtle is a sustainable solar solution for the school, launched in March 2016 after investment from EnergyNet’s Not Just Talking Fund.
 
With crime and vandalism previously playing major roles in the disuse of solar PV power in South Africa, the PowerTurtle model is designed to provide secure, reliable and sustainable electricity for schools like Pheasant Folly Primary School.
 
Shake Your Power

Shake Your Power is a Social Enterprise that focuses on providing clean energy and education to off- grid Africa. Launched through Kickstarter in July 2014, Founder and pop musician Sudha Kheterpal has developed the world’s first clean energygenerating musical instrument, Spark. Spark acts as a mini portable generator that creates clean, kinetic energy as it is played. Just 12 minutes of playing generates one hour of light and with its smart power system, Spark can charge up a mobile phone. With over 600 million people living without mains electricity in Africa, this affects education, family spending, health, the environment and wellbeing. With Spark, children can do at least 2 hours of extra school work a night, families can save up to 10% of their income whilst reducing the hazardous effects of kerosene, and children are feeling safer as they walk home from school in the dark. ‘Everyday I walk home from school in the dark. I like this shaker because it makes me feel safe.’ Lucy Wambui, Makarios Children’s Home, Nyeri, Kenya. ‘I really like my school. I like this shaker because when I go home I can read my books.’ Cyrus Andai, Kimerek Primary School, Kenya.
 
Akon Lighting Africa Initiative

Founder of Akon Lighting Africa, Solektra International's mission is to respond to the African energy and water crises in order to support the long term economic development of the continent.  With regards to energy, Solektra International has focused its efforts on providing clean, renewable and affordable solar solutions in rural and off-grid areas where most of the African population currently lives - changing one community at a time! Founded by Samba Bathily, Akon and Thione Niang and incorporated in New York and with offices in numerous  African countries, Solektra International is one of a new generation of African businesses that are investing in driving growth and employment throughout Africa through public-private partnerships and education.
 
Solektra International has just inaugurated the first training institute fully dedicated to solar technologies, which will train a minimum of 200 skilled workers, technicians and engineers per year as of 2016. The company has developed an innovative prefinancing model which led to impactful results.  End of 2015, after a year and half of operations, Solektra International was operational in 15 African countries - Mali, the Republic of Guinea, Benin, Senegal, Niger, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia and Madagascar - with a wide offer of solar equipment including solar street lamps, micro-grids and domestic kits. Over the next few years, Solektra International plans on expanding into over 20 additional African countries.
 

Members

Electrifi

The EDFI Management Company is a full subsidiary of the Association of 15 European Development Finance Institutions www.edfi.eu who all finance and support private sector entrepreneurs in developing countries. The new management company will manage funding from different sources for higher risk and early stage support, with clear targeted impact. The first fund is ElectriFI, financed by the European Commission, with the target to create new and improved connections to energy for the 1,2 billion people who still need this. The support provided should complement what other parties are able to finance and support. Cooperation with Development banks and other funders will be crucial to that end. After ElectriFI, we hope to add other funds with similar approach targeting other sectors combining impact with financial sustainability. 

Off Grid Electric

Off Grid Electric (OGE) is the world’s first massively scalable distributed energy company. OGE provides clean, affordable and transformative energy directly to households that have never had access to reliable electricity. OGE’s PAYG solar leasing model removes risk for customers, offering the latest in solar technology for less than or equal to a customer’s average energy spend. The company has partnered with the Office of the President of Tanzania to power one million households (10% of the country). Already operating in Rwanda, the company plans to grow quickly across the continent. OGE is demonstrating the ability to leapfrog traditional grids via distributed solar energy, creating over 15,000 local jobs in the process.

M-Kopa Solar

M-KOPA is the world's leading 'pay-as-you-go' energy provider to off grid homes. We have developed a better way to provide affordable, safe and clean energy to millions of people living off the grid. M-KOPA has powered over 340,000 homes across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Thanks to the sun’s rays and mobile technology, they now have lights, phone charging and radio.  They can get all this at the flick of a switch and for less than they used to spend on kerosene.
M-KOPA offers an affordable annual mobile money payment plan – with a deposit of $35, followed by 365 daily payments of 50 cents. M-KOPA has sold over 50,000 upgrades to customers who have completed their annual payment plans. These include more lights, solar TVs, energy-efficient cooking stoves, internet-enabled smartphones, and water storage tanks. 
 
M-KOPA households enjoy over 42.5 million hours of kerosene-free lighting every month and they make combined projected savings of USD 255 million over four years.  M-KOPA emerged boldest at the 2016 Financial Times Arcelor Mittal – Boldness In Business Awards in the developing markets category. In 2015, M-KOPA was the winner of the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize and it was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of 50 companies changing the world.
 
Powerhive

Powerhive is a leading energy access solution provider in emerging markets. We use our proprietary technology platform to originate, build, finance and manage the world’s most bankable and advanced solar microgrids. Powerhive’s subsidiary, Powerhive East Africa Ltd, recently became the second company in the history of Kenya to be licensed to generate, distribute and sell electricity. We currently operate 4 microgrids in Kenya and will build an additional 100 sites in Kenya -  serving 100,000 residential and small business customers - over the next year. We have proven the scalability, development impacts, and profitability of our model in Kenya and are partnering with IPPs, utility companies, governments, and developers to move into additional markets. 
 
This  video (powerhive.com/video) describes in more detail what we do and our recent achievements in Kenya.      
 
Airon Investment (Green Energy Turbines)

Airon Green Energy Turbines (Airon GET) is a fast growing division of Airon Investment S.A. The company is active in the field of renewable energy sources (RES), developing and perfecting the world’s most modern small wind power plants, reaching an unparalleled efficiency of 55 %. Thanks to an integrated microprocessor-based controller the turbine can work together with the photovoltaic systems. This diversification of energy sources considerably increases their users’ energy independence. As wind and solar energy are a source of green energy, using our products you care about the environment and you save natural resources.
 
Employing advanced technology the turbines are designed to perform as power generators in either urban areas or in rural environments, where access to the power grid is limited.
 
We are looking for companies, organizations, institutions and other entities which are interested in pursuing the agenda of green energy and looking for green technologies, for the generation of environmentally friendly electricity”.
 
FreeVolt

Production and sale of innovative PV modules FreeVolt™ is a completely new standard in the global photovoltaic market. Improved bill of materials (BOM), a highly automated manufacturing process and numerous innovations in connection technology SmartWire in conjunction with a new generation of solar cells break through the limitations of existing technology "bus bar". Increased resistance to shade and micro-cracks and more energy from m2 are just a few unique features of the modules from our factory.
 
 
Zoetic Energy

Zoetic Global deploys life-sustaining technology solutions focused on hydrokinetic power generation for people worldwide. Our work supports greater resource security for nations, growth for businesses, and the well-being of local communities.
 
Founded by Jerome Ringo, renowned thought leader on global sustainability and environment, Zoetic is a unique Project Development firm taking viable new technologies and deploying them at scale around the world. With rare expertise in Power Purchase Agreements, deployment and implementation, Zoetic effectively bridges the gap between new technologies, international buyers and the investment channels needed to make projects successful.
 
Off Grid Energy Ltd

For over 10 years, Off Grid Energy Ltd have pioneered clean, cost effective power solutions for permanent and temporary off-grid power applications. GridtoGo™ POWERCUBE is a factory built, adaptable solution for applications as diverse as hybrid power generation, solar energy storage, grid resilience and demand side response. Our utility approved solutions provide power for remote dwellings and commercial installations as well as for utility fault response from the Scottish Highlands to the Australian outback. For the developing world, Off Grid Energy provide nano and micro de-centralised grid systems providing electrification in Asia and Africa. Products range from 400W & 800W hand portable units suitable for individual dwellings through 10-30kW pods and up to
300kVA in ISO container style. Solutions are universally compatible with inputs from unreliable grid, diesel generation, solar PV and can supply power to single or multiple consumers directly or through pay-as-you-go platforms. 
 
Genesis Energy

Genesis Energy is a market-leading energy group with integrated operations across the industry value-chain of oil, gas and power. The company provides innovative and high-quality technical services and solutions that meet every need associated with production, transmission and distribution of electric power. 
 
Genesis Energy delivers renewable energy solutions for fast track and reliable deployment of solar, hydro and wind across Africa that are aligned with global innovation drivers in the renewable energy segments. 
 
It has also developed significant downstream oil supply footprints through its oil trading associated company which owns one of Africa's sizeable capacity of captive and off-grid installed power generating plants and electric power distribution assets.
 
Genesis Energy coordinates its global investment operations out of London, where compelling energy investment opportunities are conceptualized, designed, structured and supervised for implementation in the desired locations in Africa.
 
For more information, visit the website: http://genesisenergygroup.net
 
Integrated Solar Technologies

Integrated Solar Technologies (IST) has developed and manufactured an advanced Concentrated Solar Module (CSM) for rural and off-grid electrification. The innovation is set to replace diesel generators and grid-powered electricity and provide both electricity and broadband connectivity.
The primary usage of the technology is to enable smart distributed mini-grids and shared solar. By integrating the advanced solar modules engineered to maximize electricity conversion of solar to WiMAX technology, IST has solved the two most difficult challenges standing in the way of sustainable development in rural areas of the world:
 
• A reliable and cost-effective electricity
• A cost-effective and affordable broadband connectivity
 
The company vision is to put technological innovation at the heart of the next industrial revolution—this time, incubated from Africa and Asia, not from Europe nor North America. The convergence of the two potentially disruptive technologies into one product will catapult low- income economies, and leapfrog from grid-based electricity unto micro-grids autonomous power, reaching poor areas of the world. While at same time ramping-up the pace of internet broadband penetration. The World Bank (2016) reports that worldwide 4 billion people do not have access to the Internet, and half-billion live outside the areas without a mobile signal. The impact of these technologies will manifest in economic growth, increase in jobs and efficiency of services. The IST technology will help businesses become more productive, people find jobs and greater opportunities, and governments deliver better public services to all.
Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s 30-year track record places us at the centre of developments across Africa. Our aim is to enable anyone who is already active in Africa or who wishes to do business across the continent to access the knowledge we have gained from working on the ground across more than 45 African jurisdictions. Our dedicated team of lawyers has a wealth of experience in assisting clients with their energy projects, negotiating Africa’s regulations and providing innovative legal solutions.

www.nortonrosefulbright.com

 

 

Equatorial Energies

Equatorial Energies Limited is a leading solar energy solutions provider specializing in EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) services. Labour costs account for 10-20% of the overall system costs during solar PV installations. This percentage may rise if any errors or delays occur and if labour is to be outsourced which is the case in most developing regions of Sub Saharan Africa. 
Following the great demand for highly skilled labour within the solar market in Sub Saharan Africa, Equatorial Energies responded by training and perfecting a team of technical personnel who are equipped with the necessary skills to efficiently design, install, monitor and maintain solar PV systems of any type ranging from stand alone to complex hybrid systems. This has enabled Equatorial Energies to grow rapidly through their efficiency and specialized co-ordination operation model. This model has empowered them to deliver high quality installations within shorter timelines and at more efficient costs.
 
In 2016 alone, the Equatorial Energies team has successfully delivered on several projects among them, a DC and Mechanical works subcontract of 945 kW, which currently stands as Kenya’s largest utility scale rooftop solar PV plant.
 
In future, Equatorial Energies looks to expand its network of skilled experts into the entire East Africa and to serve the greater Sub Saharan African solar market in quality and efficient solar energy solutions and services.
 
PWRstation

PWRstation is a Swiss-based solar product development company that designs and markets a unique retractable photovoltaic racking system technology (EXOrac) engineered to simplify and accelerate the installation of solar projects -- and to function where traditional installations are not an option due to time and site constraints. 
 
EXOrac is differentiated by its proprietary “retractable” racking mechanism providing end users transportability and variable–time deployment (5 > – < 20 years); each leading advantages in a global market where solar installations must be built to last at fixed locations for a minimum economic life of 20 years to justify their cost; precluding them from numerous project opportunities. 
 
PWRstation’s objective is to become the de facto standard in retractable solar racking system technology.  Its initial mission is to provide organizations the ability to generate off-grid electricity in developing markets where it is estimated that more than 80 percent of all new energy production and consumption will occur by 2035.  But with EXOrac’s unique ability to mitigate flat roof maintenance and repair costs, easy removal and reinstallation during re-roofing, and as ground mounted systems that enable energy/revenue generation in under-utilized temporary commercial, industrial and rural zones (5> - < 10 years), the company is gaining attention among commercial installers and utilities in urban, grid-tied environments in Europe and the US.   
 
PWRstation is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, with sales offices in US. The company is a supported by the SPEco and Développement Économique de Vaud and member of SEIA, Swisscleantech, Electrosuisse and Swissolar.
 
For more information, contact PWRstation Corp. media division via email at mediarelations@pwrstation.com or visit our website: www.pwrstation.com
 
Africa Power Technology

 
Bringing together regional professionals with a wealth of experience in Sub-Sahara Africa, our team provides customers with a comprehensive knowledge base to draw from. As a result of extensive experience and training in Operational, General, Financial, Product Line and Support Services management, APT has the ability to explore  and develop energy assets and projects in the region – from simple generator provision to full, bespoke solutions.
 
APT is a business focused on growing and sharing knowledge and experience throughout the region. Great emphasis is placed on training local personnel to work to international standards with a view to building a resource pool of qualified and experienced technical and commercial staff to support you in the long-term, should you need us.  
 
Tetra Tech

The Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3), a Tetra Tech company headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, is a leading PPP advisory services and capacity building provider. Working with governments, corporations, multilateral institutions, and financial entities, IP3 enables clients to build their institutional capacity and to carry out successful P3 projects in the global infrastructure market. IP3 has provided institutional capacity services to many energy agencies and regulators across Africa, particularly in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Since its founding in 1994, IP3 has trained over 35,000 officials from 175 countries.

www.tetratech.com

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 GW in the pipeline.
 
 
For more information on Phanes Group please visit: www.phanesgroup.com
Samawat Energy

Samawat Energy is one of the latest pioneers in renewable energy solutions for off-grid locations in Africa. Through the incorporation of most innovative solar technologies (Smart Metering, Prolonged Battery Life), we provide affordable solar systems for the unmet demand in rural residences, businesses, and communities across the continent.  
 
Samawat is based on three competitive advantages: (i) our solar panel kits are customized to meet the precise needs of local populations, through a differentiation between basic residential kits and more sophisticated kits for the communities; (ii) our 365-day pay-as-you-go method eliminates the entry barrier to the solar energy, namely the high upfront installation cost and (iii) we use a system of mobile payments, capitalizing on the high mobile penetration across the continent. 
 
By bringing electricity to off-grid isolated places, our company is leapfrogging Africa's energy grid; creating more dynamic economies and inclusive societies: customers needs are met tenfold while a large portion of their disposable income is freed. With a strong focus on capacity building and financial inclusion, Samawat Energy aims to empower the continent — beginning in Morocco with plans to delve into the continent in its entirety.
 
 
 
Fluidic Energy

As a leader in long duration energy storage, Fluidic Energy is bringing reliable, clean energy to communities worldwide and accelerating the widespread adoption of renewable-powered energy. With over 100,000 batteries globally at 1200+ customer sites, Fluidic has proven itself capable of providing commercially viable, long-term solutions to diverse regions worldwide in some of the harshest environments. The company’s proprietary long-duration Zinc-Air battery technology, integrated intelligence platform and field-proven performance has positively impacted the lives of more than 3 million people and hundreds of communities.  Fluidic continues to gain momentum bringing some of the largest rural electrification projects to the table with turnkey, rapidly deployable energy solutions. Visit http://www.fluidicenergy.com/ for more information
 
Rex Energy

Rex Energy has been the leading Solar Energy specialist contractors in Tanzania since 2000 but with the growing awareness on the importance of renewable energy for the future, Rex Investment Ltd is embarking on a strategy of becoming not only a leader in this solar industry but also a leader in renewable energy in both Tanzania and East Africa. The previous years were successful years for Rex Investment on many fronts. In line with the approved strategic aims announced by the company, a number of major changes within the organization were implemented during the years. The efforts to increase efficiency in all sectors were sustained and Rex continued to strengthen its business performance.
Simusolar

Simusolar serves rural Tanzanians with productive solar-powered products and equipment financing payable in installments via mobile money. Equipment includes both power generation and its applications: irrigation, small business, home lighting, and more.  Co-Founder and CEO Marianne Wapert has over 10 years experience serving off-grid Tanzanians and the team has over 70 years combined experience in solar.   With early support from the DOEN Foundation, Simusolar is an early growth stage innovator with a mission to improve rural livelihoods.  

Azuri Technologies

Azuri Technologies is a commercial provider of PayGo solar home systems to rural off-­‐ grid households. With the widest reach of any solar as a service offering in sub Saharan Africa, the company is addressing the problem of energy access that affects 600 million people who lack access to the grid. Azuri has combined solar and mobile technology to allow customers to access power on a pay-­‐as-­‐you-­‐go basis, providing affordable, clean and safe renewable energy for as little as half the cost of the fossil fuels being replaced. Azuri’s HQ is located in Cambridge, United Kingdom, with staff based in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia and Tanzania and a regional HQ based in Nairobi.

www.azuri-­‐technologies.com

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)

The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) is a private sector led international organisation domiciled in Nigeria with activities across Continental Africa. The Corporation offers a unique value proposition as an Africa-focused infrastructure financing institution providing competitive products and services across complimentary areas of: principal investing, financial advisory, project development and technical advisory.  Within the Power industry, AFC has worked on a number of pioneering deals. E.g. The Corporation is the lead investor in Cenpower Generation Company Limited (Cenpower), which is implementing the USD890 million Kpone IPP Project in Ghana. In addition, AFC is also the lead investor in the landmark Cabeolica renewable wind power project in Cape Verde.

www.africafc.org/Home.aspx

Forbix Attorneys

Forbix Attorneys is a full-service law firm located in Dar es Salaam, the bustling commercial capital of Tanzania. We offer a uniquely individualized approach to the practice of law. We possess a wealth of resources and experiences often found in larger and more mature firms. We are committed to servicing all our clients with legal excellence.
 
We work with clients in diverse sectors including private business, government and non-profit institutions in countries throughout East and Central Africa. These experiences have afforded us a thorough understanding of the key political, economic, regulatory and legal issues that surround business in the region. 
 
Our founding partners Nasra Hassan and Khadija Ngasongwa bring with them vast expertise in the practice areas of Regulatory & Government, Banking, and Corporate & Business Affairs. Our reputation precedes us as innovative, trusted and effective advocates; a merit that is demonstrated daily in our individualized interactions with clients and subsequent successful results
 
Stanbic

Stanbic Bank Tanzania Limited is a full service commercial bank which specialises in providing facilities and services to public and private sector corporations, diplomatic missions and international organisations.

Stanbic Bank in Tanzania is a member of the Standard Bank Group of South Africa and was established in May 1995 when the Standard Bank Group acquired the operations of Meridien Biao Bank Tanzania Limited.

Standard Bank Group is a global bank with African roots. It is South Africa's largest bank, distinguished by its extensive operations in 19 African countries. Outside the African continent, the Standard Bank Group’s operations span 16 countries, with a focus on emerging markets.

As part of Africa’s largest bank, Stanbic Bank Tanzania is able to offer our clients access to expertise and on-the-ground presence across the globe - a vital service in the ever increasing global requirements of business.

Our Corporate and Investment banking offering includes global markets, project and structured finance, equities trading, corporate finance, global custody and a myriad transactional and electronic banking solutions.

Our customers benefit from our knowledge and expertise in emerging markets, coupled with our global outlook.

Read more about Standard Bank Group at www.standardbank.com

AKSA Energy

Aksa Energy has been established as a subsidiary of Kazancı Holding in 1997. Kazancı Group is a group of companies that operate in its expertise area, energy industry, for almost 50 years. Kazancı group companies operate in all stages of energy value chain from production to distribution within a synergistic organization. This integrated organization of Kazancı Group form the most significant competitive advantages of Aksa Energy. Aksa Energy meets all services and solutions needed in installation and operation processes of power plants present in its portfolio under the Group in an effective, fast and efficient way. Aksa Energy is the largest public free electricity producer in Turkey.

The production portfolio of Aksa Energy includes 20 power plants which produce electricity using

  • Natural gas,
  • Lignite,
  • Wind,
  • Hydro electricity,
  • Fuel-oil

Aksa Energy also contributes to electrical energy requirement of TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) with a power plant operating in the country, planting %60 of the country’s energy.

Investing in local and renewable resources

Aksa Energy concentrates its investments in local and renewable resources. The Company has the largest local and renewable power generation capacity in Turkey with 7 wind, 2 hydro electrical and Bolu Göynük lignite power plants in its portfolio. Aksa Energy, when the projects in the portfolio are completed, will enhance its position over Turkey's energy geography and speed up its sustainable growth journey as one of leading producers in the country. Aksa Energy stocks are traded in Istanbul National Market under AKSEN.

www.aksapowergen.com

 

Sparkmeter

Sparkmeter is the leading provider of smart metering systems that enable utilities to implement pre-payment as well as real-time monitoring and control on microgrids and central grids alike. The company’s low-cost smart meters make access to electricity possible in hard-to-reach places and underserved markets. Sparkmeter’s hardware and software solution allows for remote monitoring and control of electrical service, significant reductions in non-technical losses, and a flexible billing platform. Sparkmeter counts among its clients some of the largest global utilities in the world and nascent microgrid developers alike, and is active in over 10 countries. 

Crown Agents

Crown Agents is a high impact social development enterprise, connecting private sector commercial agility with a public good ethos.  Sustainably delivering a cohesive global approach to Supply Chain, Humanitarian Action, Health, Governance and Economic Growth.  At the Africa Energy Forum: Off The Grid 2016  we will showcase our expertise in the design and delivery of PV Solar Solutions encompassing:

·         end to end supply chain management of off-grid and grid-interactive PV solar power systems;

·         strategic partnerships with innovative system integrators.  In order to develop tailored solar power systems for electrification of public institutions and for mini-grid applications;

·         the expertise of our multi award winning freight arm, specialising in final mile logistics.  Delivering our solar solutions to the most challenging and remotest of locations;

·          Delivery of capacity building programmes, including a Renewable Energy Technology Masterclass offered in partnership with the Renewables Academy (RENAC).

BBOXX

BBOXX is a venture backed company developing solutions to provide affordable, clean energy to off-grid communities in the developing world. We are fully vertically integrated, controlling every part of our customer experience. Our market leading products and appliances coupled with our SMART Solar platform bring machine-learning and customer experience optimisation to rural Africa. Our ground-breaking financing structure has brought off-grid solar into the World’s financial markets. With over 85,000 systems deployed so far; 350 staff across 5 offices in China, UK and East Africa are waking up every morning to work with BBOXX to electrify 20M people by 2020.

Wind East Africa

The 100MW Singida wind farm project is being developed by Wind East Africa Ltd., whose shareholders are Six Telecoms (Tanzania), Aldwych International (U.K.), and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.  The low-cost renewables project will be located 700 kilometres from Dar es Salaam.
 
Mr. Rashid Shamte from Wind East Africa said, “By undertaking pioneering projects like Singida, the private sector can work hand in hand with the government to realize Tanzania’s power potential. We would not have reached this stage of project development without the support of the Government of Tanzania.”
 
The Singida project’s total cost is estimated at $285 million, of which IFC, Aldwych and Six Telecoms will contribute roughly $71 million.
 
Hybrid Energy

Sky Power Home

SkyPower Home is manufacturing and distributing off-grid solutions such as : portable solar home systems (5W/10W), solar-powered street lights, solar panels, and energy storage batteries. Our actions catalyze the development of markets with affordable, modern off-grid lighting products, allowing developing nations to access high quality, cost-efficient, clean energy. We provide innovative and designed energy solutions.
 
SkyPower Home’s products help enable people without access to electricity, as well as those who use it on a daily basis, to take control of their personal energy production, storage and consumption.  Skypower Home works hand in hand with governments (Africa, Asia, South America,…), and local distributors worldwide in order to ensure the availability of its products to the populations.  We support and encourage education on solar power, and contribute to the advancement of sustainable energy through massive programs hand in hand with Skypower Global (4 millions solar kits in Kenya, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso).
The sun shines on all of us.
 
METKA IPS

METKA IPS results from the combination of resources and expertise of METKA and International Power Supply (IPS), building on the strong technical expertise of IPS in the R&D and precision manufacturing of power electronics and energy conversion technologies, backed by the project execution capability and know-how of METKA, as a leading international EPC contractor, in addition to its robust financial resources. Through this joining of forces, METKA IPS is well positioned to meet the challenges of the rapidly growing hybrid and off grid power market, serving the needs of customers around the world with affordable and efficient solutions suitable for a wide range of applications, such as: telecoms, mini-grid, industrial, etc. For more information please visit www.exeron.com.

 

 

ABB

ABB is a dynamic, multicultural team that spans the globe, working in a fascinating world of high technology. You will find ABB equipment orbiting the earth and working beneath it, crossing oceans and on the sea bed. ABB technology is in our homes, offices and factories.
 
One of our biggest challenges is to continue raising living standards around the world, which means we must meet the growing demand for energy, particularly electricity, without damaging our environment and climate. ABB can’t meet this challenge alone, but we can make a significant contribution through our existing portfolio of technologies, through our commitment to improving the sustainability of our own operations and those of our customers, and by focusing our research and development on finding solutions that will continue to deliver power and productivity for a better world.
 
Efacec

 

Efacec is a Portuguese based company that develops products and solutions for Power Energy, Environment and Transportation Infrastructure. Efacec is a reference supplier of the leading transmission and distribution utilities in more than 60 countries, namely in Africa. Efacec portfolio includes, among others, Power Transformers, Mobile Substations, Switchgear, SCADA, Substation Automation, Energy Storage, EV Fast Chargers, Energy EPC, Water & Waste EPC and Light Rail Metro Systems.

Winch Energy

Winch Energy is a global, off-grid renewable energy developer that brings a rare combination of solar design and construction expertise, providing sustainable, wired access to power off-grid communities, industries and infrastructures at cost-effective rates. Winch Energy is registered in the UK and incorporated in 2015. EREN Renewable Energy invested into Winch Energy in March 2016 and all assets and Intellectual Property of the Winch Group were transferred.

Winch’s proprietary technology, the Remote Power Unit® (RPU®), is an innovative, containerized off-grid solution designed by Winch to provide power and communications to communities, social services and industries that currently are situated in rural environments, relying on diesel generators or intermittent and unreliable power from the national grid. The RPU provides industries with savings of up to 40% when compared to running diesel-powered generators and does not suffer from the logistical and service related issues.

Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) works with cities and communities around the world to help design and install public art installations that also function as utility scale renewable energy infrastructure. The artworks respond to the needs of neighbourhoods, reflect local culture, and use available natural energies on site as the starting point for form generation. At the same time that these installation power hundreds of homes, they are educating and inspiring people of all ages about the beauty of our sustainable future.
 
More about LAGI can be found at http://landartgenerator.org.
 
 

Endorsing Partners

Department for International Development (DFID)

Supporting Partner 

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. This includes ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.

Shell Foundation

Shell Foundation is an independent charity, established in 2000 by the Shell Group. We work to create and scale new solutions to global development challenges by applying business thinking to major social and environmental issues linked to energy and mobility.
Learning from both success and failure we have gradually developed a new ‘enterprise-based’ model to catalyse lasting social and environmental impact on a global scale. This sees us deploy a blend of financial and non-financial resources to accelerate transformative innovation and harness private markets to deliver public benefit at scale.
 
Our Approach
 
Shell Foundation works with a small number of entrepreneurial partners to identify the underlying market failures behind intractable problems and co-create new social enterprises to solve them. We provide patient grant funding, extensive business support and access to networks to help pioneers to validate new models, achieve financial independence and expand across geographies. We then create specialist intermediaries to facilitate growth and replication at an industry level. By working in this way we now have several strategic partners – addressing issues as diverse as energy access, sustainable mobility and job creation through the SME sector – that are now delivering large-scale impact in multiple countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
 
The Rockefeller Foundation

For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas—advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities—to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot—or will not. To learn more, please visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org.

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