Renewable Energy in East-Africa: New Frontiers
January 23rd - 24th, 2018 – Strathmore University – Nairobi, Kenya
About the event
RES4Africa, with the support of Africa-EU Energy Partnership and other partners, organizes a regional conference to enable dialogue on the latest insights for the deployment of RE solutions in Eastern-African countries. The event aims to build on the ongoing policy dialogue and scale existing networks for companies to connect and form renewable energy partnerships. The conference will convene partners from key African markets, and will gather relevant international and African stakeholders such as IFIs, manufacturers, institutional actors, international organizations, academia, and civil society to enable a comprehensive discussion.
The regional event is intended to build on and scale the results of the RES4Africa Program Launch conference, “A step change in the deployment of Renewable Energy in Eastern Africa”, which took place on October 26 – 27 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference attracted 72 speakers and over 340 attendees from the private and public sector, including over 200 participating regional companies, resulting in more than 60 B2B meetings. The event gained significant media attention by over 20 Kenyan journalists and was featured in over 40 media outlets.
RES-EXPO 2018 is designed as a regional conference and showcasing exhibition, including B2B matchmaking sessions organized by the EU-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation Program (RECP). The conference will touch upon the key topics for renewable energy deployment such as enabling policy and regulatory frameworks, financing solutions and innovative business models, technological and technical issues, capacity building and socio-economic benefits to local economies. The exhibition allows for local, national and international RE solutions providers to present their business and products. The B2B sessions will be a platform for these companies to connect and create new business opportunities in Eastern-African renewable energy markets. RES4Africa supports the development of African start-ups with innovative solutions that contribute to the growth of local entrepreneurship and provide innovative answers to the region’s energy needs. A side-event for the award ceremony of “East-African Renewable Energy Innovation Competition 2017”, launched in April by Enel Global E- Solutions and Seedstars World, is foreseen during RES-EXPO 2018.