|ORGANIZING PARTNER /// FMO|
|FMO is the Dutch development bank. FMO has invested in the private sector in developing countries and emerging markets for more than 47 years. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build a better world. To that end, FMO invests in businesses, projects and financial institutions, by providing capital, knowledge and networks to support sustainable growth. We do this with the ultimate goal of empowering people to apply their skills and improve their own quality of life.
We invest in over 85 countries, supporting job creation and income generation and improving people’s lives in those parts of the world where this makes the biggest difference. Our role extends beyond financing, as we help businesses to operate and grow transparently in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. We invest in sectors where we believe our contribution can have the highest long-term impact: financial institutions, energy and agribusiness.
Through our approach, we aim to demonstrate to other investors that strong financial returns and positive impact in developing countries and emerging markets can go hand-in- hand. Our success in higher-risk markets provides them with the confidence to get on board allowing us to mobilize more funding for our clients.
FMO was founded in 1970 and is a public-private partnership, with 51% of our shares held by the Dutch State and 49% held by commercial banks, trade unions and other members of the private sector. FMO has a triple A-rating from both Fitch and Standard & Poor’s.
|GOLD SPONSOR /// IB VOGT|
|Established in 2002, ib vogt GmbH specialises in the development, design & engineering, financing, EPC, operation & maintenance and asset management of solar power plants. The company provides high-quality turnkey solar power plant solutions, designed and engineered in Germany, to end investors internationally. We are a manufacturer-independent integrated developer, focusing on tailor-made solar power plant solutions that maximise lifecycle performance and investor returns.
Since 2009 the family-owned company has realised plants with a total rated capacity of over 610 MWp worldwide. All projects have been commissioned on time, quality and budget.
The company operates internationally from its headquarters in Berlin, Germany and offices in the United Kingdom, the USA, Australia, Panama, Poland, India and South East Asia, as well as several joint ventures across Africa.
|ib vogt Website|
|GOLD SPONSOR /// DEG|
|For 55 years DEG has been a reliable partner to private-sector enterprises operating in developing and emerging-market countries. We provide our customers with tailor-made solutions, including financing, promotional programmes and advice tailored to individual needs. They can thus develop successfully and sustainably, while generating local added value and creating qualified jobs. With our portfolio of around EUR 8.3 billion in over 80 countries we’re one of the world’s largest private-sector development financiers.|
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// VOLTIQ|
|Voltiq raises equity and debt for its clients and partners, focusing exclusively on renewable energy and energy transmission projects. Main focus is on wind (on- and offshore), solar PV, and transmission, primarily in emerging markets.Voltiq has offices in The Netherlands, Spain and Panama, and has executed more than 50 deals since 2009 covering 3,300 MW of wind capacity, 1,600 MW of solar PV, 300 MW of CSP, 240 MW biomass, and over 5,000 km of high voltage transmission. Voltiq secures maximum value creation for its clients in energy projects, arranging complex (international) financing structures. Voltiq has extensive networks with all leading financial institutions including commercial banks, multilaterals and development banks.|
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// CAUTHA|
|Cautha is a flexible boutique company that operates worldwide in the renewable energy industry, delivering innovative and sustainable solutions customized for its clients and their day-to-day needs.
The company operates as a full integrated player in the renewable energy sector, offering high-technology and innovative solutions in the development, construction and financing of renewable energy power plants.
Since its establishment, Cautha has defined its role on the energy market by implementing proper management principles for the development of EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) and O&M (Operation&Maintenance) activities.
In few years Cautha has successfully developed its presence in Europe as well as in America (North, Central and South) and Asia by taking part in the construction of several photovoltaic projects for which is currently offering maintenance and asset management assistance.
The whole vision of the company is concentrated in the motto and also the key to the vault “Powering the Future”. Regardless of the client and the size of the project, Cautha is using all its resources to achieve the ultimate goal: to build the foundations of a future that serves not only the energy system and the planet that hosts us but, mainly, the generations to come.
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// CARLO MARESCA|
|Carlo Maresca Spa, with registered office in Via Caravaggio n. 125, 65125 Pescara (PE, Italy), registration number 122447, VAT number 01705540688, is an Italian company whose "core business" sectors are Construction, Tourism and Renewable Energy. The Group Carlo Maresca Spa was founded in the late '50s by Carlo Maresca who has led it for more than three decades, giving the group a lasting imprint. With the premature death of the founder, the sons Silvio, Maurizio, Fabio and Simona take over the reins of the Group consolidating and establishing itself as a leading group on the Italian industrial scene. Group's strengths are, above all, steady growth and an extreme professionalism combined with a continuous reinvestment of corporate profits and a high degree of reliability at national and international banking institutions. In the last 5 years, Maresca Group achieved a turnover in excess of half a billion euro consolidating a property portfolio of more than 250 Meuros and a net profit of over 110 Meuros, with about 500 employees (excluding seasonal workers in the tourism sector). Historical area of Maresca Group is construction and real estate sector; with performed constructions for over 280,000 square meters of buildings for commercial use, office and production (own property and third parties) and over 2600 apartments. Another area in which the Group is a leader is the hotel, leisure and tourism sector in which manages and owns, through 100% control of hotel chain of Blu Serena s.p.a., ten 4-stars resorts and two 5 stars resorts with a total of about 11000 beds, an annual turnover of 80Meuros and more than 1,100,000 visitors per year. Bluserena is the first Italian hotel chain for summer holidays In 2010, the Maresca Group enters impetuously in the renewable energy sector with the establishment of the dedicated business unit BLUNOVA Srl. As of today has been realized 50 MWp of photovoltaic power plants own propriety (on roofs and on the ground) and 20 MWp of wind farms with an investment of over 130 Meuros of own liquidity.|
|Carlo Maresca Website|
|NETWORKING SPONSOR /// VENA ENERGY|
|Vena Energy is the largest independent renewable energy company in the Asia-Pacific region, with 185 assets comprising over 11 GW in operation, under construction and in development in Australia, Japan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.
Vena Energy operates from 17 offices throughout the Asia-Pacific region and our more than 400 professionals are known for their local-market expertise and hands-on engineering and management of all aspects of development, construction and operations.
|Vena Energy Website|
|EXHIBITION SPONSOR /// CROWDCREDIT|
| Crowdcredit was founded in 2013 aiming at connecting borrowers in needs of capitals in countries with premature financial infrastructure and investors in needs of asset management opportunities in countries with saturated financial market, namely Japan.
Currently, the company is exploring solar energy sector and is developing partnership with those parties; such as, off/on-grid manufacturers, installers, financiers, project developers, etc. who have regular financing needs for business expansion. Moreover, it is possible for Crowdcredit to suffice their needs by serial loans that are funded every two weeks by Japanese retail investors in its proprietary crowd funding platform.
As of today, Crowdcredit has raised loan funds of US$ 45mm+ from 8,000+ registered investors at the recent rate of US$ 4mm per month with increasing trend. Also, the company has provided loans to SMEs, non-bank lenders and individuals mainly in emerging or newly developed countries; such as, Peru, Estonia, Georgia, Cameroon, etc.
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// TCX|
| The Currency Exchange Fund N.V. (“TCX”) is a development finance initiative that offers currency derivatives in financial markets where such products are not available or poorly accessible.
TCX acts as a market‐maker in currencies and maturities not covered by banks. A key objective of the Fund is to allow lenders and borrowersto hedge currency mismatchesthatresult from cross‐border financing involving frontier markets.
TCX typically offers longer‐dated products to support longer‐term local currency finance. TCX covers over 70 currencies worldwide. Since starting operationsin 2008, TCX has hedged over USD 3.6 billion of local currency loans. By December 2015, the Fund’s portfolio of cross currency swaps and forwards amounted to over USD 1.3 billion spread across 50 currencies and 650 transactions. TCX’s investor base consists of development finance institutions and microfinance investment vehicles active in emerging and frontier markets.
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// JINKO SOLAR|
|JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base worldwide. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 3.5 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 3 GW for solar cells, and 6 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2016.
JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 5 productions facilities in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces, China, Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, 16 overseas subsidiaries: Singapore, Japan (2), India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and South Africa and 17 global sales offices: China (2), United Kingdom, France, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica and Colombia.
|Jinko Solar Website|
|BRANDING SPONSOR /// RISEN ENERGY|
| Risen Energy is a world leading Tier 1 manufacturer of high-performance solar photovoltaic products. We also provide total business solutions for residential, commercial and utility-scale power generation.
Risen Energy was founded in 1986 and was publicly listed in 2010. For more than thirty years we have been generating value for our customers around the globe.
Risen Energy's total Solar PV business solutions are among the most advanced and cost-effective in the industry. They are characterized by constant techno-commercial innovation, consummate quality and reliable support.
With local market presence and strong financial bankability status, we are committed to building strategic, mutually beneficial collaboration with our partners. In this way, together we can capitalize on the rising value of green energy.
|Risen Energy Website|
|STRATEGIC PARTNER /// EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND|
| Our specialist clean energy and sustainability team is one of the leading international teams and has been awarded Renewable Legal Advisors of the Year (Euromoney / Ernst & Young).
We advise on all aspects of all renewable and clean energy technologies across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including: onshore and offshore wind, biomass, waste and landfill gas to energy, solar, wave and tidal, hydro generation, bio fuels, CDM projects, carbon credit trading.
We are leaders in advising on offshore wind: advising on over 50% of the UK’s offshore wind projects; lead advisers on the largest offshore wind project in the world; as well as leading on the financing of the world’s largest proposed biomass project, and a cross-border hydropower project in West Africa.
We understand the global renewable energy market and have lawyers throughout the key jurisdictions. We are represented on key committees and groups in the sector.
|Eversheds Sutherland Website|
|MEDIA PARTNER /// PHOTON|
| PHOTON is the largest and oldest independent publisher worldwide in the field of solar electricity production. PHOTON’s publications cover the solar world with in-depth, independently researched articles written by our own staff of editors from around the world.
Headquartered in Germany since 1996, we are the most renowned and completely independent solar magazine publisher dedicated to applying a critical approach to journalism. There is a strict separation between our editorial teams and advertising department to ensure a journalistic environment free of the influences of public relations. Our independent reporting is exactly what appeals to our readers.
|MEDIA PARTNER /// SUN-CONNECT|
|Sun-Connect News is provided since 2010 by Stiftung Solarenergie - Solar Energy Foundation Sun-Connect News is the leading news platform for the decentralized solar energy industry in developing countries. We provide news, articles, company and country information as well as background information for the off-grid industry worldwide. Our weekly newsletter provides free informational service for more than 9,000 recipients. The target audience includes companies (manufacturers and distributors), investors and finance institutes, NGOs, practitioners, and state facilities worldwide.|