“We have been involved in the renewables sector for over 13 years and advise across the full project life cycle.”

Michelle DaviesInterview with Michelle T Davies, Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability at Eversheds, one of the world’s largest corporate law firms and gold sponsor at the upcoming African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa.

What Eversheds projects are you currently most excited about?
Our international renewable energy projects across Africa and the Middle East. These are mostly solar with some on shore wind.

What makes Eversheds competitive in this market?
Two key attributes.

  • Our long standing sector expertise. We have been involved in the renewables sector for over 13 years and advise across the full project life cycle. There is not much our 100 strong team of experts have not come across and this means we are rarely working our way up any learning curves. We often help our clients structure projects more efficiently because of our experience and up to date market knowledge.
  • Our significant client and contact base means that we are able to network our clients and contacts to opportunities. We are known for this in the market as well as for our close focus on policy and regulation.

What do you see as the major challenges in the utility sphere?
Accessing cost effective finance on a fully non-recourse basis. But this is possible. It requires engagement across a number of stakeholder groups to help the market mature.

What is your vision for the energy industry?
A sustainable and healthy approach to energy security, cost and value for customers. Achieved through a sensible and sustainable mix of technologies, investment e.g. in storage solutions and a focused approach to grid and distributed energy solutions.

What opportunities do you see in South Africa/Africa?
Significant opportunities for renewable energy and off grid distributed energy solutions.

Why did you decide to partner with African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa?
We recognise that this event is one of the leading energy events in Africa providing valuable information and networking opportunities for the industry. Accordingly, it is an event we want to support and be associated with.

What will be your specific message at the event?
We want to develop long term relationships. We are in Africa and with our clients for the long term. We want to help foster meaningful and valuable networks to help projects succeed.

What are you most looking forward to at AUW?
The conference itself.  To hear others’ ideas and views on the market and get to know the industry in Africa better. Make new friends and help develop successful projects.