SAIREC 2015 provides a global platform for government ministers, high-level decision makers, experts, specialists and thought leaders, as well as private sector players and civil society, to discuss and exchange their vision, experiences and solutions to accelerate the global scale-up of renewable energy.

4-7 Oct 2015

Cape Town, South Africa

Would you like to learn about engagement opportunities in Africa? ARE is organising a number of policy and business sessions:



Day: Sunday, 4 Oct
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Room: Ballroom West

This event aims to share best practices for financing decentralised renewable energy projects in developing and emerging markets and to provide participants with a thorough understanding on how to make use of existing and upcoming financing schemes for replication and up-scaling purposes.

This topic is systematically identified as a core issue for renewable energy and energy access practitioners, deepening session participants’ knowledge of the availability of finance, how to make use of it, and how to design project and business proposals to develop a strong business case.

To achieve these objectives, ARE plans to host and moderate a panel with 6 experts to present and discuss financial support programmes, instruments and models for renewable energy and rural electrification projects, particularly for small- and medium scale energy access solutions. Following the presentations, ARE will moderate a Q&A session with the panel and the audience.



Day: Monday, 5 Oct
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Room: Exhibition Hall 1

To meet the SE4All objectives we need to further increase and leverage efforts and resources of all partners committed and able to contribute in boosting access to sustainable, affordable and reliable energy.

Private sector must be a leading actor, but a lot still needs to be done, in order to unlock and optimise private sector potential to make investments increasing access to sustainable energy.

To this effect, the EU together with global partners and with expertise and input from industry and development financiers established the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI).

ElectriFI is a flexible tool aimedat supporting investments that provide access to reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity and energy services in developing countries. It will constitute a comprehensive and inclusive platform for investment support services, rendering due attention to bankability at very early stages, whilst facilitating access to senior debt at later stages.

Furthermore, the initiative will be able to boost investments by making support available throughout the entire process, from the project idea to its successful implementation and scaling up.


Day: Tuesday, 6 Oct
Time: 13:00 – 14:30
Room: Auditorium 1

This jointly organised session, coordinated and hosted by the EC, the AUC and the AEEP Secretariat is expected to bring together high-level stakeholders from Africa, Europe and beyond. The discussion will focus on the greater integration of renewables into energy security planning and policy at conceptual and practical level. One of the focuses will be to emphasise the unique value renewables can play in African and other developing nations’ energy systems by looking to the European experience underway of a renewable energy transition and the implications for energy security.

Africa, on the one hand, strives to grow markets and resources that allow for development of innovative and efficient energy solutions, and looks for solutions and partnerships to improve its energy security, whilst bolstering clean energy access. Europe, on the other hand, is wellequipped to provide technologies and expertise, share best practices, facilitate investment, and support enhancement of policy frameworks and institutional building. Europe is also looking to further expand into new energy markets. As such, there is considerable scope and value to discuss the key role renewables play and how their part in the overall energy mix could be considerably increased to help ensure energy security for both continents.

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Day: Tuesday, 6 Oct
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Room: Exhibition Hall 1

As the political, social and business rationale for rural energy access has increased over time various forms of generation have taken hold. Starting out with low capital-cost hydrocarbon based solutions such as diesel gensets, the market has been looking steadily towards renewables such as small hydro, wind, solar PV and more recently biomass as sustainable solutions. Due to relatively high capital investment costs for renewable energy-based solutions tied to perceived risk of the market as an investment opportunity, the market has struggled to develop at scale. Over the last few years stakeholders, both public and private, have worked hard to position “clean” rural electrification as a financially viable alternative for supplying electricity to isolated regions by deploying a broader range of renewable energy technologies to suit local conditions.

However, two challenges remain: Firstly, providing adequate regulatory frameworks governing self-sustainable rural electrification markets in developing countries. Secondly, facilitating the implementation of sufficient market adequate financing schemes from the public sector to further attract private sector investment.

Date events
04 October 2015 to 07 October 2015