Workshop Agenda

On the occasion of the Third Saudi Solar Energy Forum, The World Bank Group offers a workshop on renewable energy financing mechanisms to the Forum’s participants. The objective of this workshop is to review different financing approaches that have been followed globally and distill lessons for application in the Kingdom.

Workshop on Renewable Energy Financing Mechanisms, April 4, 2011
Final Agenda

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8:30 Registration open

Introductory session

9:00 King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) Leadership; The World Bank, Mr. Farukkh Iqbal, Country Director: Welcome address
9:20 Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Dr. Mario Ragwitz, Head of Renewable Energy Business Unit: “Renewable energy development: opportunities, challenges and experiences”

Session 1: Relevance of financial institutions and specialized instruments for renewable energy development

9:50 The World Bank, Ms. Clara Alvarez, Senior Infrastructure Specialist: “Experience from U.S. and Spain: Case of the DOE loan guarantee program for wind and solar projects and Spanish FIT-based projects”
10:05 Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB), Mr. Refik Akinci, Director: “Development and sustainable growth through financing renewable energy activities”
10:20 Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Mr. K. S. Popli, Technical Director: “Development and financing of renewable energy projects in India: A perspective”
10:35 Questions & answers
10:50 Coffee break
11:05 The World Bank, Ms. Clara Alvarez, Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist; SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, LLC, Mr. Bradley Barta, Senior Vice President, Dr. Kevin Lang, Project Manager: “Assessing risk for CSP – the way to successful financing”
11:35 Questions & answers
11:50 Zuhr prayer and lunch break

Session 2: International Finance Corporation (IFC) global experience in financing renewable energy

13:10 IFC Infrastructure Department, Mr. Dana Younger, Senior Energy Advisor (tbc): “IFC’s experience in financing renewable energy”
13:30 E+Co, Mr. Paul Van Aalst, Director Europe (tbc): “The E+Co experience: Example of IFC support”
13:50 Questions & answers
14:05 Coffee break

Session 3: Perspective of commercial financial institutions

14:25 Gulf One Bank, Dr. Mohammed Salisu, Chief Economist: “Gulf One’s strategic positioning in supporting sustainable economic growth in the GCC region”
14:45 Standard Chartered Bank, Mr. Steve Mercieca: “Standard Chartered Bank renewable energy financing activities”
15:05 Questions & answers
15:20 Aser prayer and coffee break

Session 4: Perspective of developers and entrepreneurs

15:40 Sun Edison, Mr. Pancho Perez, General Manager, EMEA & LATAM: “Sun Edison’s experience from solar project development in North America and Europe”
16:00 Mainstream Renewable Power, Mr. Barry O’Flynn, Head of Business Development (EMEA): “Experience in greenfield development of wind and solar plants in South Africa and other international markets”
16:20 Abengoa Solar, Dr. Michael Geyer, Director of International Business Development: “Abengoa Solar’s experience in CSP development”
16:40 Questions & answers

Concluding session

16:55 KA-CARE, The World Bank, IFC: Final statements
17:05 Networking
17:30 Closing of venue