Solar off-grid companies and investors discuss future steps to unlock the potential of off-grid solar

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Solar off-grid companies and investors discuss future steps to unlock the potential of off-grid solar

March 18, 2015 - Some 90 investors, off-grid solar companies and related organizations gathered at the 3rd Off-Grid Energy Access Investor Conference in New York to discuss future steps towards unlocking the potential of the industry. The event was organized by the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association, in cooperation with Deutsche Bank and Power Africa, and hosted by Fordham School of Law. NYphoto1The program was comprised of industry trends presentation by GOGLA's Executive Director, Koen Peters and three panel sessions, elaborating on the financing needs and suitable tools to support different business models; investor presentations, focused on existing tools and requirements that off-grid companies have to answer, in order to receive financing; as well as a general discussion on what is still needed to close the financing gap in the sector and unlock its true potential. During the first session, presentations were made by: Off-Grid Electric, Nokero and Azuri. Later on, the floor was given to investors and financial organisations, including: Khosla Impact Fund, USAID Development Innovation Ventures, OPIC and Development Credit Authority as well as Deutsche Bank and FINCA. Fenix International, CGAP, Persistent Energy Capital and Blue Haven Initiative took part in the panel discussion. P1070386The audience was actively participating throughout the whole event, which enabled extensive experience sharing and very productive, open discussions. The presentations made at the event are available online.  

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