Gold Sponsors
SparkMeter Logo
SparkMeter provides smart metering solutions tailored to both microgrid and distribution utilities in emerging markets, where 2.1 billion people live without reliable electricity access. The simple plug-and-play solution enables utilities operating in remote locations to access a range of features – prepaid billing, customer communications, and remote monitoring and control – that improve their operations and help them achieve financial sustainability.
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Utilities everywhere struggle with the "last mile", where tough landscapes, unreliable infrastructure and poor connectivity make operations difficult and costly. In the hardest to reach places, consumers go unserved, relying instead on alternatives - diesel generators, wood fuel, kerosene lamps - that cost 10 - 100x more than grid power. As a result, 2bn people have little or no access to electricity. To reach this kind of consumer, utilities need new technology. SteamaCo is a venture-backed technology company that enables utilities to sell energy anywhere on the planet. For the utility, SteamaCo enables effective, scalable operations in developing markets. For consumers, SteamaCo offers reliable access to modern energy services, often for the first time. SteamaCo is headquartered at Manchester Science Park, one of the UK’s leading science and technology campuses, with offices in Kenya.
Total Logo
Total is a global producer and supplier of oil, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. We are active in more than 130 countries and our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Our teams have been working at the cutting edge of solar power technology for more than 40 years, playing throughout the photovoltaic solar value chain (from manufacturing to storage to sale of solar power). Since 2010, Total Access to Energy Solutions has impacted more than 13 million people in 40 developing countries, mainly in Africa, with its off-grid solar product offering. As part of Total's commitment to a better energy future, Total Ventures (the venture capital arm of Total) is focused on finding, funding and fostering high-potential start-ups globally. Current areas of interest include Renewables, Distributed Energy, Energy Access, Energy Storage, New Mobility and Circular Economy.
Breakfast Sponsor
Shell New Energies Logo
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with an average of 86,000 employees in more than 70 countries. As part of our approach to thriving in the energy transition, we are exploring commercial ways to provide access to energy to underserved consumers. Our ambition is to provide a reliable electricity supply to 100 million people in the developing world by 2030. Since 2017, we have invested in companies that provide energy solutions for residential, commercial and industrial activities.
Supporting Organizations
AFSIA (Africa Solar Industry Association) Logo
Africa is paving the way to a bright solar future driven by a conviction: Solar Energy is the best ally to move forward. AFSIA will take advantage of this momentum by expanding the use of solar power in Africa and strengthen the regional solar energy industry in all its diversity. AFSIA is the reference association for solar professionals in Africa. The association is headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda and carries out solar-related activities and programs across Africa. Its regional coverage stretches from Egypt to South-Africa, from Cape Verde to Madagascar. AFSIA promotes solar power in the African region from largescale grid-connected projects to off-grid solar home systems, through hybrid systems including diesel and storage to solar water pumping, solar stoves or solar water heaters. AFSIA organizes networking opportunities for solar professionals and gives them access to the right information and the right network to expand their business and strengthen the solar industry across the continent.
Alliance for Rural Electrification Logo
The only international business association that promotes a sustainable decentralised renewable energy industry for the 21st century, activating markets for affordable energy services, and creating local jobs and inclusive economies.
Energy 4 Impact Logo
Energy 4 Impact is a non-profit organisation helping businesses and markets deliver access to energy in Africa, improving the quality of life for millions of people.
GOGLA is the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry. Established in 2012, GOGLA now represents over 150 members as a neutral, independent, not-for-profit industry association. Its mission is to help its members build sustainable markets, delivering quality, affordable products and services to as many households, businesses and communities as possible across the developing world. The products and solutions that GOGLA members sell transform lives. They improve health and education, create jobs and income opportunities and help consumers save money. To find out more, go to www.gogla.org.
NextBillion Logo
NextBillion is a community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGO managers, policy makers, academics and others exploring the connection between development and enterprise. It features in-depth analysis and opinion from thought leaders and researchers – as well as on-the-ground insights from entrepreneurs and others doing business in low and middle-income countries. NextBillion also offers an editor-curated newsfeed, a calendar of important events, and a career center with continuously updated job opportunities across the global development sector. Now in its second decade of publishing, NextBillion attracts over 50,000 readers per month from countries around the world – more than 50% of whom are entrepreneurs or executive-level leaders at their organizations. It has a social media audience of over 120,000 across Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Power 4 All Logo
Power for All is a multi-stakeholder coalition campaigning to rapidly scale the deployment of decentralized renewable energy in order to achieve universal electricity access before 2030. Decentralized renewables -- including green mini-grids and solar systems designed for households, businesses and productive use appliances -- offer the fastest, most affordable and cleanest path to electricity access for all. Power for All brings together about 300 business, finance, research and civil society organizations.
Media Partners
African Business Central (ABC) Logo
African Business Central (“ABC”) is a leading online media company showcasing curated and original news on African Business, primarily, and all things Africa, in general. ABC's rapidly-growing site attracts tens of thousands of visitors every month that read and watch news, analyses, and opinions of business, economic, political, and cultural events in and about Africa. ABC is making its mark around the world telling Africa's success stories and highlighting the continent's swift socio-economic ascent to a rapidly-growing global audience. ABC’s core values are based on the notion that business, in general, and entrepreneurship, in particular, is the surest path to Africa’s socio-economic progress.
ESI Africa Logo
ESI Africa – Africa’s leading power and energy journal – is positioned as an impartial industry mouthpiece, delivering the latest technical developments, breaking news and analysis in both print and digital formats. Since 1996, ESI Africa has presented unique market opportunities to both buyers and sellers; facilitating sector stakeholder engagement through key event media partnerships and through our position as host publication of the Clarion Energy Power series worldwide. Thus, the journal’s various routes to market are expertly primed to build a bridge between readers and solution providers as ESI Africa sifts through the daily noise and delivers the tale of Africa’s energy power and water transformation to the African and global market.
Renewables in Africa Logo
Renewables in Africa is a clean Energy Engineering Consultancy providing services in Renewable energy and Energy Management to project developers and investors. RiA is primarily focusing in projects in Africa but will also advise clients for projects in other emerging markets. We provide Project Origination, Markets Insights, Technical and strategic advice to projects developers, investors and clean energy companies. Renewables in Africa (RiA) is also a Media platform which vision is to transform Africa and African Lives by leveraging the Power of Renewable Energy. The ambition is to Raise the Technical Awareness about Renewable Energy and Energy Management in the African Continent and disseminate the information. Our mission is simple: Bring (Back) Power to Africa.
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Greentech Media Logo
Greentech Media delivers business-to- business news, analysis and events at the forefront of the global energy transformation. Our coverage area extends across the clean energy industry with a focus on solar power and the electric utility market’s evolution. Greentech Media’s industry-leading coverage is provided by a team of analysts from our market intelligence arm, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, as well as our world-class journalists and global network of expert contributors.
Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables Logo
Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables is a global team of 115 solar, energy storage, wind energy, power market and grid edge experts across 15 countries. Our team is on the ground in local markets, providing in-depth coverage across the entire global energy value chain. For our clients, this means more detailed analysis on critical issues and wider scope across the electricity sector.