EnergyNet’s sponsors are our partners and at the heart of all that we do


EnergyNet’s sponsors are at the heart of all that we do. Below you will find some of our highest profile sponsors to date. Their presence has been consistent, constructive, and invaluable in promoting the development of Africa’s power sector and we would like to thank them for their on-going support.

Partnering with EnergyNet offers your business a relevant platform to engage investors, governments and senior stakeholders in the power project value chain, to develop credible relationships with proven decision makers and to manoeuvre your organisation in to a position which will save you time and money. We have operated successfully in Africa’s power sector for over 19yrs and have built a reputation among decision makers that can directly support your business aspirations. Most recently we were recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ii and British Prime Minister David Cameron or services to international trade.

Clearly brand visibility is important and plays a key role in building the awareness of your business, but what really resonates with our audience is the importance of the discussions that are had, and deals that are made, as result of the relationships formed. We facilitate innovation and collaboration and invite your business to join us in creating and developing vital power projects.

Whether you want to align yourself with Governments supporting the ‘EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative’, be seen as a market leader hosting exclusive functions or influence the agenda through thought leadership, we can offer a strategic and commercial opportunities designed to deliver real value to your business. And if your business carries specific needs, we’re able to construct tailored packages to meet those ambitions within the markets you operate.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched today the U.S.-ECOWAS Business Initiative (USEBI), which will serve as a trade and advocacy coalition created through a partnership between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). USEBI will aim to promote trade and strengthen economic and commercial ties between the United States and ECOWAS.
“We applaud West African public and private sector leadership, the ECOWAS commission, and the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce & Industry for the implementation of the existing policies that promote competitiveness and enable an environment for investing,” said Scott Eisner, vice president of African Affairs at the U.S. Chamber. “The launch of USEBI is the next step in fully implementing harmonizing policies to increase investment interests in the region.”

U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) funds African enterprises, co-operatives and community-based organizations to build capacity and expand economic activities

Key Capabilities:

• Awards capacity building and expansion grants of up to $250,000 to catalyze groups for future growth by funding technical, managerial and organizational improvements

• Provides due diligence research, project design and business planning, and monitoring and evaluation oversight

• In partnership with GE Africa, awards grants up to $100,000 to African organizations for off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and stimulate economic activity

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provides targeted technical assistance to advance specific development objectives; provides programme management support to Power Africa

Key Capabilities:

• Posted Transaction Advisors in all six Power Africa countries to assist in advancing agreements between public and private partners

• Contributes to multi-donor funds such as the African Union’s Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility, the African Legal Support Facility, and the African Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa

• Provides technical assistance to support Mission-led energy initiatives in Power Africa countries

• Offers loan guarantees to African financial institutions through USAID’s Development Credit Authority

USTDA provides grant-based project planning assistance to mobilize capital for infrastructure in developing and middle-income countries

Key Capabilities:

• Supports feasibility studies and pilot projects to provide the required comprehensive analysis for major infrastructure projects to achieve successful financing and implementation

• Provides technical assistance to support legal and regulatory reform related to commercial activities and infrastructure development, the establishment of industry standards, and other market-opening activities

• Hosts reverse trade missions to the U.S. for overseas project sponsors to observe the design, manufacturing, demonstration and operation of American products and services which can help the officials achieve their development goals

• Provides grant-based project planning through the U.S. Africa Clean Energy Finance initiative

Bringing the wind power technology as far as possible is one of the key values of VERGNET steadily pushing the frontiers of the FARWIND®. Our wind turbines are currently providing clean power to millions of people, in 35 countries over 5 continents. Petro-Electricity is no more relevant as a unique source of energy for both economical and environmental reasons; This is not sustainable any more, particularly in Africa.
Driven by this new deal, we have been extending our expertise and capability to hybrid solutions with fully integrated Wind (or Solar) – Diesel power systems, combining the reliability and power quality of Diesel Gensets with the attractive savings provided by renewable power sources. 
It is not only the result of the strong involvement of our design and operational teams for the engineering, construction and maintenance of our products. It is also and primarily to trustworthily meet the expectations of all our partners. Let’s join the FARWIND®! Mix up your power sources for ever more social and environmental sustainability.
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on wind power solutions. We design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 76 GW of wind turbines in 75 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled 63 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 21,700 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future. 
The headquarters of Vestas Central Europe is located in Hamburg, Germany. The business unit is responsible for the sales and marketing of wind power systems as well as for the installation and operation of wind power plants in Germany, Benelux, Austria, Russia, Eastern Europe and Southern and Eastern Africa.
Vestas entered the German market in 1986. Since then, the company has delivered more than 7,300 turbines representing a total capacity of more than 11 GW to this key market. Vestas’ full wind energy value chain is represented in Germany; R&D, production, sales locations and a unique service infrastructure as well as business unit headquarters. Vestas employs around 2,300 people in Germany


Voices of Leaders is the Business Network for Top Executives and Companies.
Using data driven technology, geolocation services and open-source information, VL has been upgraded to be more interactive to keep members up-to-date with real-time, relevant market information.
The improved smart features allow you to achieve efficient networking at events, post and search new business opportunities with intelligent business profiles to reach your business’s needs. By creating a business profile you can:
  • Meet Business Leaders
  • Share Business Opportunities
  • Grow your Business
  • Pitch members enabling one-to-one networking
  • Follow Markets, Events & Companies
  • Receive matching alerts

The Volta River Authority (VRA) was established on April 26, 1961 under the Volta River Development Act, Act 46 of the Republic of Ghana, as a body corporate with the mandate to operate mainly as a power generation, transmission and distribution utility. In 2005, following the promulgation of a major amendment to the VRA Act in the context of the Ghana Government Power Sector Reforms, the VRA's mandate has now been largely restricted to generation of electricity. The amendment has a key function of creating the requisite environment to attract independent power producers (IPPs) onto the Ghana energy market.

With a vested interest in promoting a positive image of Africa for Africans, to the rest of the world, Voxafrica TV is a 3 channel network. With an unrivalled reputation for excellence and consistency, that contains channels, which air in English and French, in the UK, Europe and across Africa, via SKY 218 / DStv 191 / Gotv 16 / StarTimes 171 and ZUKU 824 in EastAfrica to name a few, as well as in the USA via IPTV online.
We currently have a worldwide potential audience reach of 120 million households, of which we reach, on average 1.9 million BARB rated homes per month in the UK alone and over 14 million across Africa.
2014 Voxafrica's Barb rating figures showed that on average, movies nights alone, on Voxafrica TV reached 532,000 households monthly in the UK. With 75% of viewers consisting of women aged 18 to 55. 
VPower Group is the World’s leading large gen-set system integration providers and one of the Southeast Asia’s largest private gas-fired engine-based DPG station owners and operators. 
The company derives operational synergies between its System Integration (SI) and Invest, Build and Operate (IBO) businesses. 
Under the IBO business, the company designs, invests in, builds, and operates fast-track utility-grade Distributed Power Generation projects by providing Power Generation Systems under medium-term offtake or operating contracts. 
Currently, the company has over 500MW installed capacity along the Belt & Road countries.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, the company is listed on the mainboard of Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) with market capital of US$1.1 Billion (Stock Code: 1608).
VPower Group believes their young, gas-fired engine-based Power Generation System fleet enables them to better address the current needs of the fast-track utility-grade Distribution Power Generation market, which calls for cost efficient and fast-delivery of cleaner and reliable distributed power.

Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global supplier of ultra-flexible power plants of up to 600 MW operating on various gaseous and liquid fuels. Our portfolio includes unique solutions for baseload, peaking, reserve and load-following power generation, as well as for balancing intermittent renewable energy. Wärtsilä Energy Solutions also provides utility-scale solar PV power plants, as well as LNG terminals and distribution systems. As of 2016, Wärtsilä has 60 GW of installed power plant capacity in 176 countries around the world.

Founded in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1868, Webber Wentzel is today one of Africa’s leading law firms. Our core strategy is to support our clients wherever they do business. We are a full service partnership with deep expertise and experience across a comprehensive range of sectors. We are ranked in every practice area researched by the leading legal services directory, Chambers Global, and have more individuals identified as leading lawyers in their specialist areas than any other South African law firm.
Our team comprises a unique mix of international and local experts. Together we feature leading market expertise in power, oil and gas and infrastructure and successfully advise on projects across Sub-Saharan Africa, many of which are ‘first of their kind’ project finance and development transactions. We work with both government and private sector clients giving us a unique insight into the requirements and key drivers required to successfully operate in Africa.
Supporting our activity in Sub-Saharan Africa is our important collaborative alliance with Linklaters, which is recognised for its leading and long-standing Africa practice. We are associated with ALN, a group of top tier African law firms, and have a complementary network of best friend law firms across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The West African Power Pool (WAPP) was created by Decision A/DEC.5/12/99 of the 22nd Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government with the aim of promoting reliable power supply in the West African sub-region.
Subsequently in January 2006, through Decisions A/DEC.18/01/06 and A/DEC.20/01/06, the 29th Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government held in Niamey respectively adopted the Articles of Agreement for the establishment and functioning of WAPP, and granted the WAPP Secretariat the status of a specialized institution of ECOWAS.
On the 5th of July 2006, ECOWAS signed on behalf of WAPP a Headquarters Agreement with the Government of Benin, conferring on it diplomatic immunities required to operate effectively within the entire ECOWAS Member States. The headquarters of WAPP Secretariat is presently located at Zone des Ambassades, PK6, Akpakpa, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
White & Case is a global law firm with resources in the markets that matter today.  The firm has been actively advising clients on the African continent for over 40 years; experience that makes us one of the leading Africa legal practices. Our team of lawyers in our offices in Johannesburg, London, Paris, New York, São Paulo, Beijing, Washington, DC, and the United Arab Emirates advise clients across Africa, including Lusophone Africa. We have advised on legal issues arising from some of the largest project development, project finance, M&A, equity and debt capital markets, construction and dispute resolution matters in Africa to date, across the power, oil and gas,  infrastructure, metals and mining, and telecommunications sectors. Our experience in acting on behalf of both Mozambiquan and international clients cuts across a wide range of sectors and includes some of the largest projects and transactions completed in the country, many of which earned us international awards. In addition, we are recognised as one of the leading legal advisors for oil and gas matters. We have advised on some of the most complex and cutting-edge oil and gas projects (including LNG) in Africa in the last few years across the upstream, midstream and downstream sector and have significant experience in gas commercialisation projects.
Our lawyers are currently advising on a number of key projects in Mozambique including Vale S.A. in connection with the development and financing of one of the country’s most significant cross-border energy, infrastructure and natural resource projects, and the project company in respect of the Ncondezi Power Project which includes the upstream mine development and downstream independent power projects for the supply of power to Electricidade de Moçambique.
White & Case is currently ranked “Band 1 for Projects and Energy – Africa-wide” by Chambers Global 2014. We are also ranked “First for Project Financing in Africa” by Dealogic Global Project Finance Review 2013 and were awarded “Best Law Firm in Africa” by EMEA Finance, African Banking Awards, 2013.
White & Case is a leading global law firm with 39 offices in 26 countries. We are distinguished by the depth and scope of our legal advisory services and unmatched experience in the international arena, particularly in developing or emerging countries. 
Our lawyers in Johannesburg, London, Paris, New York, Beijing, Washington, DC, São Paulo and the United Arab Emirates have served clients across Africa, including Francophone and Lusophone Africa, for more than 40 years. In 1995, we were the first foreign law firm to establish an office in South Africa. 
We assist clients with the major legal disciplines in regions of the world where our energy sector clients currently do business, and the regions in which they are looking to expand. We have advised on legal issues arising from some of the largest and most complex African project development, project finance, M&A, PE, equity and debt capital markets, construction and dispute resolution matters to date, across the power, oil and gas, infrastructure, metals and mining, and telecommunications industries.
Our energy lawyers are commercial and find goal-orientated solutions to our clients’ challenges. White & Case is currently ranked “Band 1 for Projects and Energy – Africa-wide” by Chambers Global (2016) and has won a series of awards including  “Best Law Firm in Africa” by EMEA Finance (2013 - 2015), “Global Law Firm of the Year” by Project Finance International (2015), “Global Legal Adviser of the Year” and “MENA Legal Adviser of the Year” by IJ Global (2015).
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.