Agenda Outline

Day 1 Tuesday 19th June 1012

Keynote address: Update from the Department of Energy

Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, Department of Energy

    Market overview and regulatory landscape: assessing developments, trends and prospects

    • Developments and milestones since 2011A: analysing achievements and set-backs since the start of the IPP tender programme
    • Hear how allocations are set to change in the near future
    • Key industry drivers and priorities for 2012
    • Implementing new technologies to streamline the tender process
    • How will CSP fare in respect to PV in the coming years?
    • The energy regulator’s perspective

    Barry MacColl, Acting General Manager, Research, Test and Development, Group Technology Division, Eskom
    Ayanda Nakedi, Head of Renewables Business Unit, Eskom
    Vikesh Rajpaul, Senior Manager - CSP, Eskom


    Market overview and regulatory landscape: the energy regulator’s perspective

    Ronald Chauke, Head of Department Electric Regulatory Reform, NERSA

    Finance and investment

    • Discover who’s looking to invest in South African projects right now
    • What kinds of financing are available?
    • What holds investors back and how can you help assuage their fears?
    • Find out what support is available from the South African government and NERSA
    • What is the role of development banks and funds?

    Aldo Beolchini, Chief Financial Officer, Wise Energy
    Paul Eardley Taylor, Director: Investment Banking Coverage, Standard Bank
    Omar Vajeth, Head of Power and Energy, ABSA
    Jacques Moulot, Chief Energy Specialist, African Development Bank
    Marc Immerman, Director, SolAfrica


    The IPP Procurement Programme: analysing lessons learned from Phase 1 and discovering how to take advantage of future opportunities

    • Hear first hand experiences from companies who have undertaken the bidding process, successfully or otherwise
    • Assessing the pre-qualification criteria: what were the problems and have they been resolved?
    • Determine how to overcome common obstacles and avoid unnecessary delays
    • Implement key strategies to ensure you hit the next deadline on time and on budget
    • How to apply the latest technology to maximise efficiency in your bid

    Linda Mabhena, Senior Legal and Compliance Director, Mulilo Renewable Energy 
    Linda Thompson, Project Manager, South Africa Mainstream Renewable Power
    Chris Haw, Managing Director, Aurora Power / Chairman, SAPVIA 
    Jed Borrill, Managing Director, Scatec Solar South Africa 
    Sekhar Subramoney, Programme Manager, Momentous Energy 

    Developing the grid: storage, connectivity, stability

    • Updating infrastructure to promote stability in the grid
    • Storage: obstacles and solutions
    • Can the grid support much a large quantity of energy from technical point of view?
    • What will happen if it can't?
    • Baseload stability: could it be achieved better with CSP than PV?
    • The potential for flexible power
    • Storage: a case-study from Texforce

    Kai Arentz, Managing Director, Texforce
    Martin Görner, Regional Director for EMEA,  Juwi Solar
    Ronald Chauke
    National Energy Regulator of South Africa  


    The future of small scale PV projects

    • What is the government doing to encourage smaller developers to participate in the next round of the tender process?
    • How is small-scale solar set to benefit from the latest round on the IPP process?
    • How are the latest allocations due to affect small scale solar projects?
    • How will smaller scale involvement affect the industry structure as a whole?
    • What's the potential for residential rooftop solar – what could South Africa learn from countries like Germany?

    DeVilliers Botha, Operations Director, Solareff Engineering
    Ansgar Kiene, Coordinator, African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) 
    Anton de Swardt, 
    Managing Director, Off Grid Technologies 

    Day 2 Wednesday 20th June 1012

    Driving economic development by increasing the implementation of local content requirements

    • Understanding the different aspects of the criteria
    • Examining solar's potential for fostering socio-economic 'uplift'
    • How to prove you are meeting standards
    • Increasing the contribution of local manufacturing
    • Strategies for meeting the 40% South African Entity Participation ("SAEP")
    • Developing the local supply chain
    • Obtaining maximum support from the government
    • Taking steps to close the skills gap skills in the clean energy value chain
    • Are developers doing enough to meet local content and what more could they do doing?
    • Incentives to drive action
    • Will the threshold for local content increase in the next round?

    Saliem Fakir, Head of the Living Planet Unit, WWF
    Kelley Starke-Dow, 
    Chief Executive Officer, Kensani Capital Advisory
    Dick Berlijn,
     Managing Director, Subsolar 


    Advancing technology and logistics to drive the solar industry

    • Is existing infrastructure sufficient to support the logistical requirements needed to get plants up and running?
    • Overcoming construction difficulties such as transporting large quantities of materials
    • Assessing present and future costs as the industry develops
    • What are suppliers doing to ensure they can get things where they need to be?
    • How can manufacturers help with project delivery and financing?

    Philip Calcott, Chief Executive Officer, Thupela Energy 


    Panel Discussion: CSP vs. PV - looking ahead

    • What are Eskom and the government doing to support CSP?
    • CSP industry developments compared to PV
    • Re-assessing the pros and cons of CSP vs. PV
    • Examining investment opportunities
    • Understanding the costs of infrastructure and support

     Moderator: Storm le Roux, Managing Partner, ISDC Group

    Environmental assessment and management

    • Key challenges and lessons learnt from environmental assessment for solar PV projects in South Africa
    • Role of environmental screening in pre-EIA site analysis and selection
    • Integration of associated environmental licences/permits with the EIA process
    • Learning from Basic Assessments for small scale projects (<10MW)
    • Learning from EIAs for large-scale PV projects (>50MW)
    • Addressing legal and compliance questions
    • Strategies to ensure you meet the necessary criteria and the deadline for completion
    • Local skills and criteria
    • How to mitigate common risks in the project life-cycle

    Paul Lochner, Environment Assessment Practitioner, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  
    Jo-Anne Thomas,
    Director, Savannah Environmental (Pty) Ltd. 
    Lyn Brown, Senior Environmental Scientist, SRK Consulting 
    Kim Allan, Business Development Manager, WSP Environment & Energy South Africa
    Emile van Druten,
    Managing Director, Environmental Assurance (Pty) Ltd 

    Panel Discussion: What's next for solar in South Africa?

    • Will pre-qualification criteria change in coming rounds and how?
    • Future allocations: how are they likely to change and what effect will this have on the industry?
    • Getting ready for the next deadline: what should you be doing now/next?
    • Will the next deadline be pushed back? What effect will that have?
    • How can the lessons learned from phase 1 be utilised by new bidders?
    • How to go about securing finance in the future
    • What is it about solar energy that suits for the South African electricity profile?

    Stefano Sommadossi, Chief Executive Officer, NextEnergy Capital
    Alwyn Smith,
    Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Alternative Energy Association (SAAEA)
    Marc Immerman, Director, SolAfrica 
    Boris Westphal,
    Managing Director, Suntrace 


    Close of conference