ARIS seeks to accelerate renewable energy investment in African countries by linking institutional investors, project developers, policy makers, energy utilities, regulators, corporates and the most influential energy sector decision makers under one roof. Project “Energise Africa” is Africa’s most ambitious to date. Key experts will gather at ARIS to dissect solutions to rapidly energise Africa. As well as facilitating investment of Renewable Energy projects right at the event!
Why Africa? Africa has the world’s largest potential for renewable energy but only receives less than 2% of global renewable energy investment. So much underexploited opportunity, and a greater need for energy, with 600 million Africans having no access to electricity. Many African countries have made tremendous legislative movements to attract investment, the ball is now investors’ court. This session will spell out the trends and intricacies of developing projects in Africa, and why investors should starting investing now. Attendees will discover how to invest in African renewable energy projects, and find out how they can attract investment for their projects in Africa.
Traditional financing methods for renewable energy projects don’t always work for African conditions. This session will explore what innovative finance options lenders and investors can utilise in financing African RE projects to accelerate Africa’s energy transition. How to navigate currency volatility challenges and hedge against foreign exchange risks. Why local currency financing is changing the game. What risk mitigation alternatives to sovereign guarantees to explore. Insights into cryptos, green bonds, crowdfunding, grants, blended finance, concessional funding etc.
South Africa is on massive procurement drive for renewables, with ministerial determinations for procuring 4 800 MW of wind, 2 000 MW of solar PV and 513 MW of battery energy storage capacity within 3 years approved. This session will delineate how developers can successfully bid in Africa’s largest renewable energy market, opportunities for investors and what needs to be done to successfully implement this tremendous procurement drive.