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Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 kicks off in Nairobi on Feb 18

Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 kicks off in Nairobi on Feb 18
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The market for pay-as-you-go-home solar packages is likely to inflate in the African continent as millions of homes have already commenced utilizing mobile technology to rent low-cost solar panels. A recent report published by Kleos Advisory claims that the UK investors might tap into Africa's USD 24 billion market for off-grid solar power as an investment opportunity.

Finding this excellent opportunity to tap the off-grid solar industry (that makes a lasting economic, social and environmental impact) in Africa, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), in association with The World Bank Group's Lighting Global Platform, is slated to launch the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 in Kenya's capital, Nairobi on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The global media platform, Devdiscourse is a media partner of this three-day event.

The Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 will provide a unique podium for knowledge exchange, networking and showcasing off-grid solar products and services. It intends to strengthen the development of the global off-grid solar market contributing to achieve universal energy access by 2030.

Devdiscourse is running this LIVE DISCOURSE to share live updates on the event. This is also an interactive podium where you can share your innovations, techniques, viewpoints, opinions et al in the form of texts, snaps and videos that will be aired after editorial review.


Kenya | Subhro Prakash Ghosh
Updated: 19-02-2020 18:44 IST Created: 14-02-2020 21:37 IST

6:44 PMThe Lighting Africa program was launched by the World Bank Group in 2009 with a tremendous objective to reach 250 million people with off-grid solar products by 2030. But surprisingly, the off-grid solar industry outshined the goal of 250 million in 2019, ahead of more than a decade.The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Platform, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) unveiled the ‘Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020’ in collaboration with Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Vivid Economics and Open Capital Advisors on the sidelines of the ongoing Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 taking place in Nairobi from February 18 and 20.The Executive Director of GOGLA, Koen Peters has shared his thoughts on the recently launched report titled ‘Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020’ in an exclusive conversation with Devdiscourse. Read more

6:09 PMFor any private company working in a humanitarian setting, financial sustainability remains one of the most pressing questions and the scenario is similar for Solar Home Systems (SHS) companies.During a session called 'Off-grid solar in displacement and refugee situations', audience and the panel alike were asked a similar question, "For SHS companies, if you get a grant to enter a humanitarian setting, how long do you think it takes to become sustainable in these markets? How long would you need support?".While 40 percent of the audience who voted thought that it will take more than 5 years to achieve sustainability, around 35 percent thought that SHS companies can become sustainable in 2 years.The panel consisted of Iwona Bisaga, Research and Insights Manager, BBOXX; Mitchell Sauers, Global Commercial Director, Fenix International; Alex Evangelides, Investment Director, Finca Ventures; Victor Agandi, PayG Business Leader, Greenlight Planet. The panel debated that the answer to the question depends on a lot of things like when can the consumers repay, diversity of markets, if you can set up establishments near the consumers. According to them, it would take at least 2-3 years after the grant to even be able to answer the question.

4:49 PMDay 2 of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 saw some very interesting panel discussions on financing, future of the sector and consumer protection among other things. A lot more is planned for the rest of the day with sessions on enhancing consumer value and driving consumer growth, off-grid solar in displacement and refugee situations.Speakers of upcoming sessions include representatives from some key private sector players of the sector. Day 2 will be wrapped up by a panel of senior officials from GOGLA, World Bank and IFC as they talk about key observations of the day. Simon K. Kachapin, Chief Administrative Secretary, Kenya's Ministry Of Energy and Walter Tretton from EU Delegation Kenya will deliver the closing remarks.Koen Peters, Executive Director of GOGLA will wrap up Day 2 and will deliver the final remarks during 5:15-5:30 pm local time.

1:34 PMThe day 2 of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 has started and interesting panel discussions are lined up for the day ahead. The Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report, the summary of which was unveiled at the beginning of the forum, remains a part of discussions on Day 2 as well.While talking with Devdiscourse in an exclusive interview, Dana Rysankova from World Bank Group's Lighting Global, explained how pay-as-you-go has fueled the sales of larger solar systems and has made the products more accessible for the poor people.Rysankova, one of the authors of the Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report, explained how the pay-as-you-go model solves the issue of affordability. "Previously one of the major issues, why people couldn't afford larger systems they only could afford lanterns, is because the upfront cost was just too much," she said. Pay-as-you-go model, on the other hand, allows users to pay over time according to the usage which makes the option viable to rural people.

11:10 AMThe second day of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 starts in Nairobi on Wednesday, February 19. Here we have some of the major session-titles with the names of some speakers below.The first session titled ‘Start-up financing: how can the sector address the pioneer gap question?’ will witness speakers like Casper Sikkema, CEO and Co-founder, SolarWorks!; Sola Olarewaju, Head of Energy Access, Shell New Energies; Shazia Khan, CEO and Co-founder, EcoEnergy Global, etc. Read more

01:27 AMThe government of Kenya in association worth Sh 15 billion with the World Bank aims to improve energy access in 14 countries with low electrification rates.The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta announced the partnership at Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 launched in Nairobi on Tuesday, February 18. This expo is the outcome of the association between The World Bank Group's Lighting Global Platform and Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA). The Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020 has been launched on the sidelines of expo. Read more...

3:25 PMKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020. He severely extolled the constant growth of the off-grid solar technology the way it is penetrating the Kenyan and overall African market.The Head of State of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta also mentioned that the country has become the “world’s second largest standalone solar market after India” with millions of Kenyans benefiting from off-grid lighting solutions.The 58-year-old leader also talked on the requirement of affordable housing, provision of clean environment including reliable power supply.According to Uhuru Kenyatta, without the penetration of off-grid solar science in cities, urban and rural areas of the country, it is not possible to achieve reliable power supply and combat climate change.

3:07 PMDuring the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020, Lesley Marincola, CEO, Angaza; Yoven Moorooven, CEO, ENGIE Africa; Mansoor Hamayun, CEO, BBOXX; Itotia Njagi, Marketing Manager, IFC; Dr Eng. Joseph K Njoroge, CBS, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, and Rose Mutiso, Co-Founder and CEO, Mawazo Institute participated in a panel discussion and talked about how off-grid solar sector has changed and its impact on rural Africa while also deliberating about the challenges faced by the industry.Talking about the report ‘Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020’, Rose Mutiso from Mawazo Institute, who could not be actively involved in the sector over the last 4 years, expressed happiness about the growth the sector has achieved, going from “20 million units to 200 million units” since the last Forum she attended in Dubai in 2015.

0:06 PMThe commencement of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 takes place in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta will be attending the inaugural session.The Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020 has been launched on the sidelines of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020. This report is produced by The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Platform, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) and Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) in collaboration with Vivid Economics and Open Capital Advisors.The World Bank Group and GOGLA’s report (titled Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020) reveals that the off-grid solar industry has grown into a USD 1.75 billion annual market, providing lighting and other energy services to 420 million users and remains on a solid growth curve.Stay glued to this Live Discourse to get the latest updates directly from the ongoing event in Nairobi.

9:57 PMThe organizers are gearing up for the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 18th-20th February 2020.Our team is gearing up for the #offgridsolarforum! We're looking forward to welcoming you at THE #offgridsolar event of the year. pic.twitter.com/5Na93ta5eH — OG Solar Forum&Expo (@OGSolarForum) February 15, 2020

19-02-2020 06:44:54 PM

‘Over 800mn people need to be linked with off-grid solar products,’ says Koen Peters

‘Over 800mn people need to be linked with off-grid solar products,’ says Koen Peters

The Lighting Africa program was launched by the World Bank Group in 2009 with a tremendous objective to reach 250 million people with off-grid solar products by 2030. But surprisingly, the off-grid solar industry outshined the goal of 250 million in 2019, ahead of more than a decade.

The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Platform, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) unveiled the ‘Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020’ in collaboration with Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Vivid Economics and Open Capital Advisors on the sidelines of the ongoing Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 taking place in Nairobi from February 18 and 20.

The Executive Director of GOGLA, Koen Peters has shared his thoughts on the recently launched report titled ‘Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020’ in an exclusive conversation with Devdiscourse. Read more

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19-02-2020 06:09:12 PM

How long do SHS companies take to become sustainable in humanitarian settings?

How long do SHS companies take to become sustainable in humanitarian settings?

For any private company working in a humanitarian setting, financial sustainability remains one of the most pressing questions and the scenario is similar for Solar Home Systems (SHS) companies.

During a session called 'Off-grid solar in displacement and refugee situations', audience and the panel alike were asked a similar question, "For SHS companies, if you get a grant to enter a humanitarian setting, how long do you think it takes to become sustainable in these markets? How long would you need support?".

While 40 percent of the audience who voted thought that it will take more than 5 years to achieve sustainability, around 35 percent thought that SHS companies can become sustainable in 2 years.

The panel consisted of Iwona Bisaga, Research and Insights Manager, BBOXX; Mitchell Sauers, Global Commercial Director, Fenix International; Alex Evangelides, Investment Director, Finca Ventures; Victor Agandi, PayG Business Leader, Greenlight Planet. The panel debated that the answer to the question depends on a lot of things like when can the consumers repay, diversity of markets, if you can set up establishments near the consumers. According to them, it would take at least 2-3 years after the grant to even be able to answer the question.

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19-02-2020 04:49:32 PM

Upcoming sessions to watch out for

Upcoming sessions to watch out for

Day 2 of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 saw some very interesting panel discussions on financing, future of the sector and consumer protection among other things. 

A lot more is planned for the rest of the day with sessions on enhancing consumer value and driving consumer growth, off-grid solar in displacement and refugee situations.

Speakers of upcoming sessions include representatives from some key private sector players of the sector. Day 2 will be wrapped up by a panel of senior officials from GOGLA, World Bank and IFC as they talk about key observations of the day. Simon K. Kachapin, Chief Administrative Secretary, Kenya's Ministry Of Energy and Walter Tretton from EU Delegation Kenya will deliver the closing remarks.

Koen Peters, Executive Director of GOGLA will wrap up Day 2 and will deliver the final remarks during 5:15-5:30 pm local time.

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19-02-2020 01:34:39 PM

Pay-as-you-go is driving sales of larger systems: Dana Rysankova

Pay-as-you-go is driving sales of larger systems: Dana Rysankova

The day 2 of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 has started and interesting panel discussions are lined up for the day ahead. The Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report, the summary of which was unveiled at the beginning of the forum, remains a part of discussions on Day 2 as well.

While talking with Devdiscourse in an exclusive interview, Dana Rysankova from World Bank Group's Lighting Global, explained how pay-as-you-go has fueled the sales of larger solar systems and has made the products more accessible for the poor people.

Rysankova, one of the authors of the Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report, explained how the pay-as-you-go model solves the issue of affordability. "Previously one of the major issues, why people couldn't afford larger systems they only could afford lanterns, is because the upfront cost was just too much," she said. 

Pay-as-you-go model, on the other hand, allows users to pay over time according to the usage which makes the option viable to rural people.

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19-02-2020 11:10:22 AM

Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020: 2nd day to focus on consumer protection, value

Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020: 2nd day to focus on consumer protection, value

The second day of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 starts in Nairobi on Wednesday, February 19. Here we have some of the major session-titles with the names of some speakers below.

The first session titled ‘Start-up financing: how can the sector address the pioneer gap question?’ will witness speakers like Casper Sikkema, CEO and Co-founder, SolarWorks!; Sola Olarewaju, Head of Energy Access, Shell New Energies; Shazia Khan, CEO and Co-founder, EcoEnergy Global, etc. Read more

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19-02-2020 01:27:21 AM

Uhuru Kenyatta announces Sh 15bn project with World Bank on off-grid solar electricity

Uhuru Kenyatta announces Sh 15bn project with World Bank on off-grid solar electricity

The government of Kenya in association worth Sh 15 billion with the World Bank aims to improve energy access in 14 countries with low electrification rates.

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta announced the partnership at Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 launched in Nairobi on Tuesday, February 18. This expo is the outcome of the association between The World Bank Group's Lighting Global Platform and Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA). The Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020 has been launched on the sidelines of expo. Read more...

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18-02-2020 03:25:18 PM

President Uhuru Kenyatta says Kenya is ‘world’s 2nd largest solar market after India’

President Uhuru Kenyatta says Kenya is ‘world’s 2nd largest solar market after India’

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020. He severely extolled the constant growth of the off-grid solar technology the way it is penetrating the Kenyan and overall African market.

The Head of State of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta also mentioned that the country has become the “world’s second largest standalone solar market after India” with millions of Kenyans benefiting from off-grid lighting solutions.

The 58-year-old leader also talked on the requirement of affordable housing, provision of clean environment including reliable power supply.

According to Uhuru Kenyatta, without the penetration of off-grid solar science in cities, urban and rural areas of the country, it is not possible to achieve reliable power supply and combat climate change.

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18-02-2020 03:07:02 PM

From 20 million to 200 million units: Rose Mutiso on industry’s growth

From 20 million to 200 million units: Rose Mutiso on industry’s growth

During the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020, Lesley Marincola, CEO, Angaza; Yoven Moorooven, CEO, ENGIE Africa; Mansoor Hamayun, CEO, BBOXX; Itotia Njagi, Marketing Manager, IFC; Dr Eng. Joseph K Njoroge, CBS, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, and Rose Mutiso, Co-Founder and CEO, Mawazo Institute participated in a panel discussion and talked about how off-grid solar sector has changed and its impact on rural Africa while also deliberating about the challenges faced by the industry.

Talking about the report ‘Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020’, Rose Mutiso from Mawazo Institute, who could not be actively involved in the sector over the last 4 years, expressed happiness about the growth the sector has achieved, going from “20 million units to 200 million units” since the last Forum she attended in Dubai in 2015.

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18-02-2020 12:06:08 PM

World Bank & GOGLA unveil Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020, introduce new report

World Bank & GOGLA unveil Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020, introduce new report

The commencement of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 takes place in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta will be attending the inaugural session.

The Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020 has been launched on the sidelines of Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020. This report is produced by The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Platform, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) and Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) in collaboration with Vivid Economics and Open Capital Advisors.

The World Bank Group and GOGLA’s report (titled Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020) reveals that the off-grid solar industry has grown into a USD 1.75 billion annual market, providing lighting and other energy services to 420 million users and remains on a solid growth curve.

Stay glued to this Live Discourse to get the latest updates directly from the ongoing event in Nairobi.

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15-02-2020 09:57:44 PM

Gearing up for the off-grid solar forum to be held in Kenya

The organizers are gearing up for the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 18th-20th February 2020.

 

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