2nd Annual Solar South Africa 2012

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In December 2011, 28 Independent Power Producers won preferred bidder status in the South African Department of Energy’s request for proposals – 20 of these were solar developers, with 631.53MW allocated to PV and 150MW to CSP. With these companies now well on their way to the next phase and a new cohort of bidders competing for the upcoming deadline, everyone is looking forassurances on allocations, finance, policy, local requirements and permitting.

The 2nd Annual Solar South Africa 2012 is designed to address these challenges head-on. With practical presentations, discussions and updates from all the key industry players includingsuccessful and prospective project developers, international investors, Eskom and policy-makers including the Department of Energy and NERSA, as well as environmental permitting authorities,local partners and many more.

Whether you’re a developer looking for investment and local partnership opportunities, or aninvestor seeking new prospects in the country, Solar South Africa 2012 is the ideal forum to get up-to-date with the latest industry news and developments, network with your peers and make the contacts you need to get ahead in this exciting new market.
Key note speaker

Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, Department of Energy

Ms. Dipuo Peters is the South African Minister of Energy. She was previously Premier of the Northern Cape Provincial Government. She was also member of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature. Peters was Secretary of Women’s Affairs at ANC Youth League. She is an ANC member and plays a role in the Women’s League National Executive Committe

Ms. Dipuo Peters will deliver a keynote address covering the latest developments in the IPP procurement programme relating to solar. She will bring attendees up-to-date with the Department of Energy’s latest news and future plans and she will be on hand to answer a range of audience questions.

Other Expert Speakers include:
Barry MacColl, Acting General Manager, Research, Test and Development, Group Technology Division, Eskom
Jed Borrill, Scatec Solar South Africa
Kelley Starke-Dow, CEO, Kensani Capital Advisory
Chris Haw, Managing Director, Aurora Power / Chairman, SAPVIA
Jacques Moulot, Chief Energy Specialist, African Development Bank
Stefano Sommadossi, CEO, NextEnergy Capital
Martin Schlecht, Managing Director, Suntrace
Ronald Chauke, Head of Department Electric Regulatory Reform, National Energy Regulator of South Africa
Omar Vajeth, Head of Power and Energy, ABSA
Kai Arentz, Managing Director, Texforce
Vikesh Rajpaul, Senior Manager – CSP, Eskom
Saliem Fakir, Head of Living Planet Unit, WWF
Linda Mabhena, Senior Legal and Compliance Director, Mulilo Renewable Energy
Paul Eardley Taylor, Director: Investment Banking Coverage, Standard Bank
Lyn Brown, Senior Environmental Scientist, SRK Consulting
Martin Görner, Regional Director for EMEA, Juwi Solar
Ayanda Nakedi, Head of Renewables Business Unit, Eskom
Aldo Beolchini, Chief Financial Officer, Wise Energy
Marc Immerman, Director, SolAfrica
Linda Thompson, Project Developer, South Africa Mainstream Power
Phillip Calcott, Chief Executive Officer, Thupela Energy
Alwyn Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Alternative Energy Association (SAAEA)
Jo-Anne Thomas, Director, Savannah Environmental
Kim Allan, Business Development Manager, WSP Environment & Energy South Africa
Irvan Damon, Ambassador, Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA)
Dr Thembakazi Mali, Senior Manager: Clean Energy Solutions, South Africa’s National Energy Research Institute (SANERI)
Paul Lochner, Environment Assessment Practitioner, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
DeVilliers Botha, Operations Director, Solareff Engineering
Ansgar Kiene, Coordinator, African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA)
Emile van Druten, Managing Director, Environmental Assurance

Solar South Africa 2012 is set to be the most exciting solar event of the year. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what attendees from last year’s event had to say….

“Very good; well organised with a focussed approach to Solar Energy”
Charles Wiggill, South Africa Representative, PV Line Germany

“Excellent; absolutely essential if your are in the PV industry in South Africa”
Mark Bleloch, Director, SunSpot SA

“Good; the Conference was well organised and attended”
Khanyiso Zihlangu, Deputy Director, Department of Energy

“Good; this is an excellent opportunity to interact with the complete spectrum of those involved in the solar industry across South Africa”
Colin Turner, Managing Director, greenTEK ventures

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