2020 Virtual Conference Agenda

The Solar Power Africa virtual conference took place from 16-20 November 2020, brought about strong content which was presented by industry expert speakers locally and internationally to the South Africa market.


The sessions will assess and unpack the African solar market landscape, access to and the role of clean energy

Day 1 - 16 November 2020

Joshua Low - Managaing Director, Messe Frankfurt South Africa

Tracy Gounden - Portfolio Director, Messe Frankfurt South Africa

Wido Schnabel - Chairperson, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA)  

How the Solar industry is transforning and the steps required to make it more transparent

Panel Host:

Maloba Tshehla - ED Platform


Maki Mothiane - Sunflower Energy

Meta Mahlari - BEPA

Stanley Semelane - CSIR

How Solar PV  can help overcome national grid constraints.  The discussion will cover Government Policy, Utilities and their current constraints, large power users as well as the National Energy Regulator( Nersa) stance.

Panel Host:  

Dr. Clinton Carter Brown - CSIR


Jarrad Wright - CSIR

Nhlanhla Ngidi - SALGA

Vally Padayachee - AMEU



Large Scale Solar Financing Solutions.


Justin Scmidt  - ABSA

Vusi Mweli - TEDA


Day 2 - 17 November 2020

Why Training and Up-Skilling Local Craftsman is the key to  unlocking South Africa's Solar Potential.


Mpho Mookapele - EWSETA

Claude Cogill - SARETEC  

Why Incentivising green technology, driving  skills development and offering incentives to drive localizalation  in Africa is critical for localised Solar PV  industry sustainability.

Panel Host:

Noma Qase - DOE


Gerhard Fourie - DTI

Viren Gosai - ART SOLAR 

The session will cover recycling, refurb, and end of life processes.

Panel Host:

Ntombifuthi Ntuli - SAWEA


Dr. Mark Williams-Wynn  - UKZN

Mishelle Govender - Department of Environmental Affairs

Patricia Schroder - Reclite SA


Day 3 - 18 November 2020

The  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Process (REIPPP) and role of IPP's.

Panel Host:

Vuyo Ntoi - African Infrastructure Investment Managers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Kholofelo Molewa -Stanlib Credit Alternatives

Karen Breytenbach - Juniper Consulting 

Panel Host:

Frank Spencer - Mettle Solar


Mary Haw  - City of Cape Town

Norman Moyo - DPA

Silesh Mansingh - Eskom

How PV owners want to optimize their self-consumption by using the electricity produced by their PV-system to charge their electric car.                                                                                                                                                              
Guest Speaker: Charging from solar: dream or reality?

Host and Speaker:

Saif Islam -  EUPD 

Guest Speaker:  

Fabrice Roudet - EMEA

Next Generation Buildings - energy optimisation and smart environments


Campbell Smith - Divisional Head of Energy: Rubicon Analytics


Day 4 - 19 November 2020

Multimode and Microgrid energy storage solutions in action : Case Study and Engagement session.


De Villiers Botha - Solareff

 Long-duration energy storage is the  key to a 100% carbon free future.


Jaya Bajpai, Head -  Analytics, Lockheed Martin Energy

Unpacking the multiple applications available from Solar Storage.

Panel Host:

Joanne Dean - SAESA      


Frederic Verdol - World Bank

Mikhail Nikomarov - Bushveld Minerals


Day 5 - 20 November 2020

Market potential and challenges of energy storage solutions: Energy storage will play a key role in stabilizing a more volatile energy system based on renewable energies in the future. However, implementation of storage solutions - especially with new advanced technologies - are accompanied with challenges and holistic quality assurance measures still have to be materialized. Join the session to learn more about the market potential of storage solutions, which technology type mostly likely will prevail and how technical and economical risks can be mitigated.

Panel Host: South African – German Energy Partnership    


Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy at Department of Science and Technology (DSI)

Keynote Address:

Dr. Matthias Vetter - Head of Electrical Energy Storage Systems Department


Daniel Goldstuck - Head of Energy Storage Services SOLA Group

Valeska Gottke - Head of Communication at German Energy Storage Association

Digitisation and blockchain technology, the impact of 5G on integrated energy connections.

Panel Host:

Chanda Nxumalo - Harmattan Renewables        


Abe Cambridge -  The Sun Exchange

Ajay Saproo -Clear Sky Analytics

Riaan Meyer - Geosun

 Introduction, applications, market trends and the economics of floating Solar.

Panel Host:

Kevin Robinson - Avec Solar


David Masureik - New Southern Energy

Paul Kotze - Solar Energy Architects

* The organisers reserve the right to change the program.

Messe Frankfurt uses cookies to provide you the best possible browsing experience. By using our services, you consent to our use of cookies. More information