Tuesday 17 September 2019

Welcome Addresses

Knowledge Hub
Moderator: Albert Butare, Former Minister of State: Energy and Water / CEO, Africa Energy Services Group, Rwanda

09:30-09:35 Organiser’s welcome
Yolisa Nyoka, Programme Director: Future Energy East
Africa, South Africa
09:35-09:45 Host utility welcome address
Jared Otieno, Acting CEO, Kenya Power, Kenya
09:50-10:10 Host ministry welcome address
Dr Joseph Njoroge,Principal Secretary, Ministry of
Energy and Petroleum, Kenya

Investing for a vibrant East African energy sector 

10:15-10:35 Current investment trends in the East African power
and energy sector.  What can the industry do to
attract more private investment?
Patrick Obath, Chairman of the Board, Standard Chartered
Bank, Kenya
10:40-11:00 What is driving renewable energy investment in East
Africa?
Amar Inamdar, CEO, Kawisafi Ventures, Kenya

11:00-13:00 | Exhibition tour, networking and lunch break

From centralised to decentralised power generation: Partnerships to improve energy access
Moderator: Rebekah Shirley, Senior Research Officer, Power for All, Kenya

13:00-13:15 Case study: Presenting a successful partnership
agreement
Anne Kiburi, Senior Economist & PPP Officer, Kenya
Electricity Generating Company, Kenya
13:15-14:15 Panel Discussion: Partnerships – How can utilities
work with off-grid players to accelerate energy access
across Africa?  
-How can resource-based financing micro grid developers
unlock the ability to deploy mini grid networks?
-The critical role of PPPs to support broader private sector
engagement
-Regulations to accelerate off-grid development
-Job creation through off-grid initiatives and
managing capacity building  

Panellists:
- Steven Mwandha, Manager Legal Services, Electricity
Regulatory Authority (ERA), Uganda
- Anne Kiburi, Senior Economist & PPP Officer, Kenya
Electricity Generating Company, Kenya
- Riccardo Ridolfi, CEO, Equatorial Power, Uganda
- Mary Chege, EMSI & ASSOCIATES, Kenya

14:15-14:45 | Networking and coffee break

Bankability of mini-grid projects
Moderator: Riccardo Ridolfi, CEO, Equatorial Power, Uganda

14:45-15:00 Case Study: Learning from nature: Rural electrification using Swarm Power
Alessandro Medici, CTO, Power-Blox AG, Switzerland
15:00-15:15 Presentation: Green mini-grids PUE guides and access to
finance pilot programme
Rita Nkatha Laibuta, Supervision Consultant: Green Mini
Grids - Kenya Program, DFID/EU/AFD
15:15-16:30 Panel discussion: Mini-grids for productive use and
beyond: Business model innovations for financial
viability

*Cooperation and coordination with developments
*Policies to enable developers to deploy and hand over
to government after 15 years
*What can be done to protect mini grid investment?
*How can demand be stimulated through access to
productive use appliances?
*How can we build electricity load growth by building
local productive businesses?

Bankability of rural customers: the need for productive
use demand side support Technology and
implementation of key success factors
 
Panellists:
- Matthew Matimbwi, Interim Chairperson, TAREA,
Tanzania
- Tobias Hobbach, Founder and Managing Director,
SustainPower, South Africa
- Alessandro Medici, CTO, Power-Blox AG, Switzerland -
Gerard Hendriksen, Team Leader for the Green Mini Grids
(GMG) Program, IED, Kenya
- Aaron Leopold, CEO, Africa Minigrid Developers
Association,
Board of Directors, Alliance for Rural Electrification,
Kenya
- Kamal Gupta, Chairman, Kenyan Renewable Energy
Association, Kenya

16:30| Networking drinks reception

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Rolling out energy efficiency programmes
Moderator: Andrew Amadi, Technical Director, WECOL Ltd., Kenya

09:30-09:45 Case study: The electric mobility business model and benefits for energy efficiency and communities 
Abishek Bharadwaj, Technology, Equatorial Power, Uganda
09:45-10:00 Case study: Off grid solar lighting solutions - Case of
AIBD Interchange – Diamniadio, Senegal
Paul Simiyu Mabonga, Regional Business Development
Manager, Fonroche Lighting, Kenya
10:00-10:45   Panel Discussion:  Enhancing energy efficiency for
commercial and industrial businesses
*What are the economic benefits of wide-scale
implementation of energy efficiency?
*Who are the ultimate beneficiaries when reducing energy
consumption?  
*How are energy efficiency projects financed?
*Energy efficiency for captive power plants  

Panellists:
- Fenwicks Musonye, Senior Energy Efficiency Officer,
Energy and
Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Kenya
- Mutisya Ndunda Jr, SUNREF East Africa Team Leader,
Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya
- Paul Simiyu Mabonga, Regional Business Development
Manager, Fonroche Lighting, Kenya
- Abishek Bharadwaj, Technology, Equatorial Power,
Uganda
- Riccardo Ridolfi, CEO, Equatorial Power, Uganda

10:45-11:15 | Networking and coffee break

Financing renewable commercial and industrial energy projects Moderator: Dan Klinck, Chief Executive Officer, East African Power & Rubagabaga Hydro Power Limited, Rwanda

11:15-11:30 Case study: Financing a Solar PV C&I project:
Opportunities and challenges
Ørjan Alexander Pedersen, Founder/ COO,
Empower New Energy, Norway
11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion:
*When and in which countries will the next wave
of new C&I projects be?
*How can governments attract more FDIs?
*Regulations
*Challenges - Local currency financing, long
payback time, lead to conversion time of projects,
small size of new potential projects, the role of local banks etc.
*Using block chain technology and flexible
payment solutions to finance RE projects
*Energy access programmes  

Panellists:
- George Nyakiongora, Energy and Petroleum
Regulatory Authority: Directorate of Electricity and
Renewable Energy, Kenya
-Roberto Martin, East Africa General Manager,
Solarcentury, Kenya
- Pieter Joubert, Investment Lead, CrossBoundary
Energy, Kenya
-Chalker Kansteiner, Founder, Grid X, Kenya
- John Kimotho, Investment Manager, AIIM, Kenya

12:30-13:45 | Exhibition tour, networking and lunch break

A guide to grid integration for renewable energy and IPPs
Moderator: Vincent Egessa, Kenya Section Vice-Chair, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Kenya

13:45-14:00 Integration of mini grid and standalone solutions in the national energy mix: A case study of off-grid
solar as a power tool for change
Patrick Tonui, East Africa Regional Representative,
Gogla, Kenya
14:00-14:15 Case study:
Prof Izael Pereira Da Silva, Deputy Vice Chancellor:
Research and Innovation, Strathmore University, Kenya
14:15-15:00 Panel Discussion:  How can countries prepare for
the challenge of integrating decentralised energy?  
*How do we encourage more integration?
*Business models for integration Designing suitable
regulations and the role of policy makers in facilitating
increased integration
*Commercial and industrial strategies in place
*Technical solutions for renewables onto the grid
*Are there any international examples and lessons that
can be learnt?  

Panellists:
- Prof Izael Pereira Da Silva, Deputy Vice Chancellor:
Research and Innovation, Strathmore University, Kenya
- Adrian Mwai, Country Manager, Windlab Developments Kenya Ltd, Kenya
- Beck Awan Deng, Chairman & General Manager, South Sudan Electricity Corporation, South Sudan
-Patrick Tonui, East Africa Regional Representative,
Gogla, Kenya

Interactive case study
Chairman: Robert Mubiru, Senior Engineering Consultant, KERAM Enterprises, Uganda

Apply your knowledge and experience to a real life challenge. Hear and understand the case study and collaborate with colleagues in a roundtable exercise to work through solutions. Bring personal experience and solutions learnt from the conference to the case study.

15:00-15:15 Case study presentation: The challenge of mini grid
beneficiaries accessing the electricity for productive
uses
Matthew Matimbwi, Executive Secretary, Tanzania
Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) / Chairperson,
East Africa Renewable Energy Federation, Tanzania
15:15-16:15 Working groups – find solutions and sharing personal experience to solve the following challenges:  
*Incentives: Incentives offered by the East African
Governments to national utilities
*Income activities: Income activities that can be
supported by Clean Energy Mini Grids
*Energy storage: Factors that can promote isolated
energy storage in Clean Energy Mini Grids in East Africa;
*Policies and regulations: Policies and regulations that
can support energy demand management in Clean
Energy Mini Grids
*Clean Energy Mini Grids Knowledge: Interventions
needed to close the knowledge gaps on Clean Energy Mini Grids, productive uses, and local agricultural value chain;Financing: Financing
models that are appropriate for promoting productive
uses of energy in Clean Energy Mini Grid schemes
*Financing: Financing models that are appropriate for
promoting productive uses of energy in Clean Energy Mini Grid schemes
16:15-16:30 Feedback and conclusions
End of conference