18 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017 / Kigali, Rwanda


The event agenda's time zone is CAT.

18 Oct 2017
09:55 – 17:30
*A closed training session*

This training on the sides of the conference (18 Oct) is a closed event delivered by the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), and open for hydropower developers members of Energy Private Developers (EPD) Rwanda

10:00 – 10:10
Introduction to REPP and Camco
10:10 – 10:30
Introduction to renewable energy finance
  • Project development life cycle
  • Key elements of a renewable energy project
  • Developer wish list/ expectations from the training
10:30 – 11:00
Open discussion on hydropower sector in Rwanda
  • Policy & regulations

  • The off-taker: Rwanda Energy Group (REG)/Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL)
  • Grid capacity

  • Skills

  • Environmental & social issues

  • Financing
11:00 – 11:30
Key barriers to financing small-scale hydro projects in Rwanda
  • Size of hydro projects in Rwanda – particular challenges, cost per MW etc
  • Options/sources of viability gap funding
  • Local case study
11:30 – 12:30
Risks in small-scale hydro projects finance
  • Interactive session: Assess state of current knowledge of the sektor and typical risks
  • Introduction to the standard risk management framework: Identify, assess, mitigate, monitor
12:30 – 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30
Risk assessment
  • Techniques/ solutions for measuring and assessing risks
  • Interactive session: Develop a risk matrix for the selected case study
14:00 – 15:30
Risk mitigation
  • Interactive session: Discussion of strategies for the case study
  • Summary and review of best practice for risk mitigation
15:30 – 16:30
Risk monitoring
  • Approaches and techniques for monitoring and reporting key project risks
  • Discussion: Reporting approaches for different stakeholders
16:30 – 17:30
Summary panel discussion
  • Key risks for small hydro projects including technology-specific risks
  • Key mitigation options
  • Key options to overcome the viability gap
  • Key options to overcome ticket size issues

19 Oct 2017
08:30 – 09:00
Registration and refreshments
09:00 – 09:15
Welcoming remarks by the organizer: The Renewable Energy Private Sector in Rwanda - EPD’s initiatives and key drivers for sustainable growth

Dr. Ivan Twagirashema, EPD Chairman

09:15 – 09:30
Keynote remarks by Partners

All Partners

09:30 – 09:40
Keynote by CEO, Private Sector Federation

Ruzibiza Stephen, CEO, Private Sector Federation

09:40 – 09:50
Keynote by CEO, Rwanda Development Board

Hon. Clare Akamanzi

09:50 – 10:00
Remarks by Guest of Honour

Hon. Musoni James, Minister of Infrastructure

10:00 – 10:30
Coffee break and networking // Exhibition tour
10:30 – 11:30
Panel Discussion: Doing business in Rwanda: RE investment opportunities, incentives and procedures (off-grid and mini grids)

Moderator: Tom Rwahama, Energy Sector Secretariat Coordinator, at Ministry of Infrastructure

  • Setting the scene presentation: RDB
  • One-slide presentation: each panellist

Winifred K. Ngangure, Head of Investment Promotion Department/Rwanda Development Board (RDB)

Robert Nyamvumba, Director of Energy Division, Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA)

Morris Kayitare, Director of Primary and Social Energies Development, Electricity Development Corporation limited (EDCL)

Alexis Mutware, Director of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)

11:30 – 11:45
Advancing Renewable Energy for sustainable & green Economy


Dr. Dörte Fouquet, Director EREF

11:45 – 12:00
Enabling markets and scaling up solar applications for rural electrification and agricultural value chains


Dr. O. S. SASTRY, International Solar Alliance

12:00 – 13:30
Networking lunch break
13:30 – 14:00
Improved technology, sustainable business models and practical skills


Alessandro Casoli, Transforming Energy Access (TEA)

14:00 – 15:00
Panel Discussion: Innovative sustainable energy systems beyond the grid: Where is the stand-alone and mini grids sector heading in the region?

Moderator: Sam Dargan (EPD)

  • Empowering communities at bottom-of-the-pyramid, the case of SolarKiosk
  • Private utilities and solar mini-grids: robust technology driving affordability, successful story of RENERG
  • Hydropower pico plants: The successful partnerships experience of Hobuka
  • Off-grid market opportunity in Rwanda and in EAC, success story by Mobisol & Off-grid Electric


Godfrey Odhiamo, Managing Director, Off-grid Electric

Patrick Mugabo, Head of operations, Mobisol

Jean Pierre Muhire, Managing Director, RENERG

Ntare Karitanyi, Managing Director, Hobuka

Evary Murasa Ndabarinzi, Managing Director, SolarKiosk

Lukas Lukoschek, Managing Director, MeshPower Rwanda

15:00 – 15:30
Coffee break and networking
15:30 – 17:00
Panel Discussion: Renewable energy opportunities beyond households: What are the market opportunities and solutions for energy consumers?

Moderator: Ilham Talab, Project Manager, RECP

  • Stand-alone productive use in the agricultural value chain
  • Opportunities for SMEs
  • Commercial and Industrial applications

Claire Nelson
, Power Africa Coordinator for Rwanda

Erica Mbanda, Director of Operations, Centennial Generating Co.

Venkatech D., Ecozen Solutions India

Rasmus Hansen, Ecoligo

Victor Hakuzwumuremyi, Energy4Impact

17:00 – 17:10
Closing remarks
17:30 – 20:30
Networking Drinks
20 Oct 2017
09:00 – 09:15
Welcome by organisers

Dirk Hendricks (host), Senior policy advisor at EREF

Alexander Huppertz (sponsor), Project Manager at RECP

09:15 – 09:30
Presentation of the RECP Finance Catalyst: Linking renewable energy projects and finance opportunities

Paul van Aalst, RECP Finance Catalyst

09:30 – 09:45
Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP): The role of private sector in electricity access

Wim Jonker Klunne
, EEP representative

09:45 – 10:00
Presentation of the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP): De-risking renewable energy financing

Eugene Obiero
, REPP representative

10:00 – 10:15
Presentation of the Development Bank Rwanda (DBR): Financing off-grid electricity access in Rwanda


Hector Mutijima, DBR

10:15 – 10:30
Presentation of the Rwanda Energy Group (REG): Opportunities in Rwanda’s off grid energy sector


Ron Weiss, CEO, Rwanda Energy Group

10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break and signing of MoU between Rwanda Energy Group and Energy Private Developers
11:30 – 12:15
Panel Discussion: How to develop small hydro power projects utilizing the existing financing platforms, technology innovations and strategic partnerships?

Moderator: Maurice Pigaht

Representatives of RECP, REPP, EEP

Rwanda developers: 

Ntare Karitanyi (Hobuka Ltd.),

Gregory Tayi (REPRO), 

Theogene Uwayo (Enny Nyaruguru)

12:15 – 12:45
12:45 – 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 – 17:00
Matchmaking sessions
The event agenda's time zone is CAT.