Webinar Recordings

Corporate Renewable Energy transition in Asia
The Challenges and Opportunities for corporates in Southeast Asia and China
September 20th & September 27th

The corporate world is the end consumer of almost 60% of all the energy produced in the world, making it a vital link in the global energy transition. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that - following the current path - by 2050 corporates will be taking up 18% of total renewable energy consumption. However, in order to stay below the 2 degrees Celsius limit defined at the Paris Climate Accords, this figure should be 80%. That is a large gap to fill.

The crucial acceleration of the renewable transition is slowly being recognized by more and more members of the corporate world. Rapidly increasing engagement in renewable energy is already being seen in Europe and North America. Actions have been taken to reduce the costs and risks of renewable energy projects to be able to incentivize corporates to invest in renewables.

Multinational operations have large production and supply chain footprints across Asia, but struggle to find suitable ways to engage in renewable energy in a number of countries in the region. Solarplaza is hosting two webinars dedicated to corporate renewable energy in Asia. During the webinars we will look at the market opportunities and bottlenecks for corporations to power their operations with renewable energy.

Webinar 1 - Corporate Renewable Energy transition in South-East Asia
20th of September 2018 1 pm CEST

  • State of the corporate renewable energy market in South-East Asia

  • General market conditions for corporates going RE

  • Country snapshots on legislation, challenges, opportunities - zooming in on the front runner(s)

  • Question round

 
ALEX PERERA /// DEPUTY DIRECTOR - WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE
Alex Perera is Deputy Director of WRI's Energy Program. Joining WRI in 2007, Alex has over 20 years of experience in energy policy, finance, and corporate energy strategy. Prior to joining WRI, he helped found a company called Bigbelly Solar, a renewable energy company with a mission of developing innovative new solar energy products that are helping reduce transportation related emissions. Alex has worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he participated on New York Governor Pataki's Greenhouse Gas Task Force. He also served on two advisory committees that invested in over $7 million in renewable energy R&D projects in New York. Alex was a Financial Analyst at the investment bank Bear, Stearns and Co. Inc. where he helped to structure over $1 billion in municipal financing in the utility sector. He has served as the Program Director for the New York Energy Efficiency Council, an organization that represented Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in New York State electric deregulation proceedings.

Alex has an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and a BA from Boston University in Environmental Science, Economics, and French. He has written and co-authored numerous publications on corporate strategy and renewable energy. He is a watercolor painter and lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and two children.
ALEX PERERA
DEPUTY DIRECTOR /// WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE
LIAM SALTER /// BOARD - ACT RENEWABLE
Liam Salter is Founder and CEO at RESET Carbon, Ltd. RESET’s work focuses on developing and implementing commercially driven energy, carbon and environmental management solutions for Asian and international corporate clients. The company is increasingly regarded as a leading practitioner in the emerging field of supply chain sustainability solutions, working with sectors such as apparel, consumer retail, electronics, and food and beverages to reduce their supply chain footprint.

Previously Liam was the Director of WWF International’s Asia-Pacific Climate Programme, where he built and managed a ten-country team. At WWF, Liam also co-led the design and establishment of the Gold Standard Foundation, which is now a leading certification system for project level carbon offsets and other environmental and social attributes.
LIAM SALTER
BOARD /// ACT RENEWABLE
 

Webinar 2 - Corporate Renewable Energy transition in China
27th of September 2018 09:30 CEST

  • State of the corporate renewable energy market in China

  • General market conditions for corporates going RE

  • Country snapshots on legislation, challenges, opportunities - zooming in on the front runner(s)

  • Question round

 
SHAILESH TELANG /// TECHNICAL MANAGER - CDP / RE100
Shailesh is Technical Manager, Renewable Energy, CDP, working on the RE100 campaign in India. He has extensive work experience in environment management, sustainability and renewable energy advisory services. As a part of his renewable energy work, Shailesh worked in the areas of registration of renewable energy projects under REC mechanism, third party sale of renewable energy through open access and coordination of rooftop solar projects under Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model. He has worked across industrial sectors such as solar, wind, airports, real estate, steel, industrial waste management, automotive and infrastructure.

Shailesh holds master’s in Environment Management from the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, India and a Bachelor of Science in Life Science from Institute of Science, Nagpur, India.
SHAILESH TELANG
TECHNICAL MANAGER /// CDP / RE100
RASMUS NEDERGAARD /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ACT RENEWABLE
Rasmus has been working in the field of environmental management in the private sector for the past two decades. Before moving to act renewable, Rasmus spent nearly a decade working for multinational companies including Vestas A/S and LEGO®, responsible for development and execution of their renewable energy and carbon reduction programs. At the LEGO® Group, Rasmus executed a corporate strategy using onsite and offsite renewable solutions to successfully achieve 100% renewables energy in 2017.
RASMUS NEDERGAARD
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ACT RENEWABLE
 

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
A short bio will follow soon...
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
A short bio will follow soon...
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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