After the success of Solar Africa 2015 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), in Nairobi, Kenya, organiser of trade events Expogroup announced the return of Solar Africa 2017 from June 10 to 12.
Expogroup highlights that one of the major challenges in the renewable-energy industry is how to provide electricity when the sun is not shining and maximising the value of solar energy. With global investment in energy storage technologies increasing and cost-effective solutions rapidly emerging, Solar Africa 2017 will prove to be a good platform for the commercial organisation industry that wishes to tap the giant African market.
Solar Africa 2017 will be opportune for industry professionals to source products, meet new business contacts, build partnerships and keep abreast of industry trends and developments. The event also aims to showcase the latest technology and solutions, including energy storage for renewable energy.
Situated in proximity to the equator, Kenya has a huge solar resource, which, if capitalised and developed efficiently, can prove to be an asset to the locals and a profitable source of revenue for investing companies.
Expogroup points out that the event is the only dedicated industry-specific international trade show for the solar industry in the entire East African region, promising an excellent platform to form business alliances and interact directly with African traders from the East, Central and Southern African regions.
The organisers mention that, currently, East Africa is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world and Solar Africa will attract thousands of buyers and decision-makers from all levels and sectors of the solar industry. The event will also promote a direct business link between buyers and sellers. The trade event aims to be the gateway to the East African market, which is fast emerging as a distribution and supply hub to the entire African region.
Meanwhile, East Africa’s largest exhibition, a combination of Power and Energy Africa and Solar Africa, takes place at the KICC from April 11 to 13; at the Millenium Hall, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from May 12 to 14; at the Kigali Convention Center, in Kigali, in Rwanda, from July 12 to 14; and at the Mlimani City Conference Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from August 16 to 18.
Expogroup notes that Power and Energy and Solar Africa has been one of East Africa’s fastest-growing exhibitions. To meet demand, the 2017 events will host a conference dedicated to the power, energy and solar sector, featuring renowned speakers with different industry backgrounds.
The recent revival in the region’s power, energy and solar sector is expected to increase the demand for electricity in East Africa, which is set to grow at about 5.3 % each year until 2020. To meet these requirements, generation capacity would have to increase by 37.7% in Uganda, 96.4% in Kenya, 75.3% in Tanzania and 115% in Rwanda.
Moreover, these governments, in conjunction with development partners, are preparing to build a more favourable business environment to facilitate growth.
Expogroup explains that East Africa has the potential for a diverse range of energy sources, most of which are untapped, including coal, geothermal, biomass and wind, as well as solar, although reliance on solar energy is growing, illustrating the region’s high reliance on hydropower until now.
It is crucial for global investors to understand the unique opportunities and challenges of the individual countries within the region. Governments’ collective focus on energy development will provide a platform for both private- and public-sector participants to contribute. Expogroup maintains that the private sector is definitely interested in investing; therefore, Power and Energy and Solar Africa provides the platform to showcase the finest companies in business and to reap the benefits.
Currently, Power and Energy and Solar Africa is regarded as one of Africa’s most dynamic international trade exhibitions. Since its inception, Expogroup has envisioned the event evolving into one of the most eagerly awaited and participated in events in Africa.
“Through committed endeavour and a ‘no compromise’ attitude to service, the company has brought that vision to reality,” states Expogroup.
Power and Energy and Solar Africa is the interactive arm of Expogroup’s activities and the event offers an appropriate platform for outsourcing collaborations, exploring new business avenues, enhancing current business and creating opportunities for business visitors to interact with international exhibitors.