Unlocking Solar Capital Africa

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Shape the solar energy future of sub-Saharan Africa

Investment Risks & Opportunities | Disruptive Technologies | Public-Private Partnerships

The 5th edition of Unlocking Solar Capital (USC) Africa is empowered by the joint forces of Solarplaza and GOGLA, with the support of the Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, and organized together with the local industry associations leading the charge. It fosters collaboration between the investment space - DFIs, impact and climate-aligned investors, venture & commercial capital - and the project development segment - IPPs, project developers, service & product providers. This crucial solar industry platform covers all the industry segments and their synergies - from off-grid, to mini-grid, to utility-scale solar - and highlights new innovations in technology and business models.

With over $20 billion already invested in solar over the past decade and projections of a doubling of energy investments by 2030, now’s the time to take action and make a real impact on universal energy access (SDG-7) - providing electricity to the nearly 600mln people in Sub-Saharan Africa that still lack access - and climate goals (SDG-13). To expand the growth of renewables, challenges such as the flexibility and reliability of the grid, as well as end-user affordability, will have to be faced head-on. Investors need to be aware of the latest innovations in technologies and business models. Therefore, sharing knowledge and building networks is more critical than ever. Join a gathering of high-level local and international stakeholders in Uganda on 31 May & 1 June and help shape the region’s solar future.

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The Industry Advisory Board empowering the event

Our advisory board members are representatives of industry associations that represent the e-mobility, mini-grids, off-grid solar, productive use, last-mile distribution, utility scale and C&I markets. We are working together to bring a large number of companies and investors from across these segments to the event. The advisory board members bring a combined wealth of knowledge and years of experience to help shape our program and enhance our event.

Charlotte Taylor

Paul Muhia

Juan Luis Agarrado

Ismail Muyinda

Mbaine Benard

Angela Muraguri

Inès Dushime

Abraham Mudasia







Program Overview

Sharing knowledge and network in the Sub-Saharan African PV market

Fueled by market research, inspired by local consultation, and tailored for our professional audience, the content-rich event program takes stock of the challenges and opportunities of the Sub-Saharan African PV market.

Conference Program  Unlocking Solar Capital Africa

SESSION 1 Scaling Solar for the Just Energy Transition

SESSION 2A Finance & Investment Trends

SESSION 2B Powering Climate Resilience

SESSION 3A Technology & Business Innovation

SESSION 3B Policy & Regulation

SESSION 4A Energy Leaders

SESSION 4B Carbon Finance

SESSION 5A Combatting Grid Problems to Safeguard Stable Electricity Supply

SESSION 5B Subsidies Workshop

SIDE SESSION Matchmaking (Sign Up Required)

SESSION 6A Taking Stock of the Utility and C&I Markets

SESSION 6B The Driving Forces of a Sustainable Solar Future

SIDE SESSION Matchmaking (Sign Up Required)

SESSION 7A Productive use and Off-Grid

SESSION 7B Workshops

SESSION 7C Workshops

SESSION 8A Interactive Partner Sessions & Fireside Chats

SESSION 8B Workshops

Meet GOGLA, our organizing partner

Unlocking Solar Capital Africa is co-organized by GOGLA, the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry. GOGLA promotes, safeguards, and convenes players in this pioneering industry. The association advocates for enabling policies and increased investment, and supports its 200+ members with effective services.


Ruth Nankabirwa - MEMD Uganda

Ruth Nankabirwa

Minister of Energy and Mineral Development

Sarah Alexander - SNV

Sarah Alexander

Global Technical Advisor, Off Grid Electrification

Mathew Kimolo - Sagemcom

Mathew Kimolo

Regional Sales Director

Nambuya Imbega - CrossBoundary Energy

Nambuya Imbega

Senior BD Manager

Sanjeev Debipersad - AECF

Sanjeev Debipersad

Director of Investment Portfolio

Oscar Ankunda - Power Africa

Oscar Ankunda

Energy Specialist


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Conference Venue

Speke Resort and Conference Center

31 May - 1 June , 08:00 - 18:30
Wavamunno Road, Kampala, Uganda

On leafy grounds along Lake Victoria, this refined resort is 4 km from the white sands of KK Beach and 39 km from Entebbe International Airport.


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Laura Fortes
Senior Project Manager

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Manoela Hartung
Project Manager

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Tor Jörgensen
Business Developer

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