Past Webinar /// How to bridge the electrification gap in Asia through off-grid PV systems?

Friday 4 August 10:00 CET ( 16:00 SGT)

512 million people do not have access to electricity in Asia's developing countries. India accounts for 244 million, South-East Asia for 102 million (primarily Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia) and 166 million are situated in the rest of developing Asia (60 million in Bangladesh, 51 million in Pakistan and others)*. Despite this shockingly high number and the great potential of off-grid applications, the off-grid market hasn't grown at the same scale as it has in Africa. During this webinar we will be discussing how the development of the sector can be accelerated and what solutions the off-grid can bring.

  • Overview of the off-grid solar segment in Asia and its most promising markets
  • What are recent innovative mobile technologies in the market?
  • What is needed to accelerate the off-grid segment in Asia?

* Source: http://www.worldenergyoutlook.org/publications/weo-2016/

CHARU CHADHA /// MEMBER - GSMA MOBILE FOR DEVELOPMENT UTILITIES
Charu Chadha is a member of GSMA’s Mobile for Development Utilities Programme. She leads the Innovation Fund in Asia, and manages fund grantees as well as engagement with the ecosystem (including telecom operators, donors and start-ups).
An MBA from the University of Oxford, Charu possesses rich experience in the social enterprise space and has also helped formulate public policy in India. Before joining GSMA, Charu headed the Institute of Reproductive Health, Georgetown University’s m-Health service in India.
Charu has been a Shell Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Fellow as well as an Acumen Fellow.
CHARU CHADHA
MEMBER /// GSMA MOBILE FOR DEVELOPMENT UTILITIES
LAURA SUNDBLAD /// PROGRAM ADVISER - GOGLA
Laura serves as the Program Adviser for GOGLA’s ‘Facilitating Access to Finance’ program. The objective of the program is to help increase investments in the sector that will allow it to scale up and accelerate the development of the off-grid market, leading to more people benefiting from clean, sustainable and economically viable off-grid lighting and electrification. Prior to joining GOGLA, Laura worked at Arc Finance, where she oversaw staff training and consumer education efforts related to consumer financing for energy products and services, and led Arc Finance’s conferences and workshops on innovations in financing off-grid clean energy. Laura holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University.
LAURA SUNDBLAD
PROGRAM ADVISER /// GOGLA
SHUSHAN KHACHATRYAN /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
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SHUSHAN KHACHATRYAN
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

Past Webinar /// Taking stock of Vietnam's solar energy potential

Thursday 29 June - 12:00-13:00 CEST (RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)

In preparation for our upcoming Solar PV Trade Mission Vietnam, we hosted this webinar, focused on the potential for solar energy in Vietnam. With the latest official decree no. 11) out, Vietnam has made steady progress on its solar energy potential. The decision stipulated the first draft of the PPA and also announced the FiTs.

In this webinar, Oliver Massmann (Managing Director - Duane Morris Vietnam LLC) offers valuable insights into the newly formulated framework for PV in the country and covers:

  • The roles and obligations for EVN carried forward by the draft
  • Off-shore arbitration, its need and what is lacking
  • The bankability of the draft PPA, in its guarantee scheme and room for negotiation
  • Insights how to make most of the opportunity for PV in the market
OLIVER MASSMANN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - DUANE MORRIS VIETNAM LLC
Oliver Massmann, General Director of Duane Morris Vietnam LLC, who has over 20 years of experience working as a commercial lawyer in Vietnam, will review the proposed decree and give his insight into the opportunities for international stakeholders looking to invest in the market. Moreover, the opportunities and challenges regarding solar project finance will be explored and possible financing mechanisms will be presented.
OLIVER MASSMANN
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// DUANE MORRIS VIETNAM LLC

Past Webinar /// Overview of Asian Solar PV market and Financing opportunities

Friday 12 May 12:00 CET ( 18:00 SST) (RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)

During our first webinar in the run-up to Unlocking Solar Capital Asia (28-29 September, Singapore) we provided a bird's eye view on solar market developments in the Asian region and the financing opportunities available for this high-potential region of fast growth. The webinar included presentations from Greentech Media analyst Benjamin Attia and Finergreen Managing Partner Rohan Singh. 

SHUSHAN KHACHATRYAN /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
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SHUSHAN KHACHATRYAN
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
BENJAMIN ATTIA /// ANALYST - GTM RESEARCH
Benjamin Attia is an Analyst with GTM Research’s Global Demand team, providing market research, data and forecasts, and bespoke strategy consulting and advisory to key solar stakeholders in emerging economies in Southeast Asia, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Ben has experience working in solar asset management and commercial operations and clean energy transition-focused regulatory research for US utilities and international policymakers. He has published and presented research on several topics in clean energy, including national clean energy and energy storage policy, technical potential modeling for rooftop solar, negotiated solar rights conflict resolution, and a novel community-based finance and management framework for rural PV micro-grids. Ben holds a Master of Energy & Environmental Policy and a B.S. in Economics and Energy & Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.
BENJAMIN ATTIA
ANALYST /// GTM RESEARCH
ROHAN SINGH /// MANAGING PARTNER ASIA - FINERGREEN
Rohan is managing partner for Asia region at Finergreen. He leads the team in Asia and is planning to move to the new office in Singapore shortly. Rohan worked on France-India cross-border deals. He especially realized a fund raising in India for a French player of the renewable energy market. Rohan has also two experiences in project financing either in Africa with BMCE Bank or in Europe with Societe Generale. He has Master in Corporate Finance & Financial Engineering at Paris-Dauphine University.
ROHAN SINGH
MANAGING PARTNER ASIA /// FINERGREEN

Overview of Asian Solar PV market and Financing opportunities

  • Introduction
  • Dive into the dynamic and evolving Solar PV market in Asia
  • Which markets are the most promising for the year ahead
  • Tracking country investment attractiveness for solar energy
  • Strategies to create bankable PV projects in Asia

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