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Understanding what level of energy access is required for people in the varying economies and regions of Africa is part of the challenge for investors, as it will determine whether a project is bankable or not.
With such a diverse mix of investors presently seeking opportunities in Africa, two things are becoming increasingly apparent:
One of the most innovative of these initiatives is ‘Akon Lighting Africa’ launched by Solektra International.
Headed by possibly the most creative and unexpected of energy entrepreneurs, Senegalese musician Akon, and his partners Samba Bathily and Thione Niang, Akon Lighting Africa has done the unexpected – made ‘beyond the grid investment’ sexy. How has this happened?
Having researched Akon Lighting Africa and spoken to nearly 50 highly experienced investors, EnergyNet has reached the following conclusions:
EnergyNet will invite Solektra International to introduce the initiative to delegates attending the Powering Africa: Summit next week. Simon Gosling, Managing Director of EnergyNet, commented; ‘It’s very clear that this initiative could provide a blueprint for others, therefore I’m delighted to announce that Solektra International cofounders, Akon, Samba Bathily and Thione Niang, will introduce their successful initiative Akon Lighting Africa at this month’s Powering Africa: Summit from 27-29 January in Washington, D.C.
For more information about this meeting:
Meeting dates: 27-29 January 2016
Venue: Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C., USA
Contact: Amy Offord – Marketing Manager