GWEC’s Financing Wind in Argentina

October 25, 2016 - October 25, 2016 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

The first auction under Argentina’s innovative renewables program -RenovAR- has proved far more attractive than expected, with bids submitted for more than six times the 1000 MW of capacity that will be sold. This shows a surprising and positive confidence in the nascent Argentine market.

GWEC’s interactive seminar will inform you of the latest market developments, financial models and solutions available and facilitate meetings between key developers, manufacturers, government officials and more.

Participating at this key event is Mainstream’s New Business Manager, Juan Guillermo Walker.  To meet with Juan at this event please email

Sub Saharan Africa Power Summit 216

October 26, 2016 - October 28, 2016 | Cape Town, South Africa


In October 2016, Cape Town, South Africa will play host to Sub-Saharan Africa’s No.1 Business to Business Power event, which will bring together the senior decision makers from across the Sub African continent.

The entire installed generation capacity of Africa’s 48 Sub-Saharan countries is just 68 gigawatts, no more than Spain’s. Up to one-quarter of that capacity is unavailable because of aging plants and poor maintenance.  In Sub-Saharan Africa, just one person in five has access to electricity. If current trends continue, fewer than 40 percent of Sub-Saharan African countries will reach universal access to electricity by 2050.

This event will bring together Ministries of Power & Energy, State Power providers, Public – Private partnerships (PPP), Independent Power Producers (IPP’s) and key solution providers to tackle some of the most pressing issues within the African Power industry.

Meet our colleagues attending this event by emailing

BNEF – The Future of Energy Summit, APAC

November 1, 2016 - November 3, 2016 | Shanghai, China

Since its inception in 2008, the Future of Energy Summit has featured a unique convergence of the old and the new – traditional players and advanced-energy leaders. It continues to create an environment for making new connections, and serves as a forum to discuss the critical energy issues of today and the next decade.

The Global Summit is held in New York City with two regional Summits in London and Shanghai.

Our colleagues, Alan Drew – Business Development Manager Middle East & Asia Pacific and Jun Wang – Vice President, International Investor Relations will both be attending the Shanghai event next month.  To meet with our colleagues, please email

Windaba 2016

November 2, 2016 - October 4, 2016 | Cape Town, South Africa

Windaba Conference and Exhibition is Africa’s Premier Wind Energy conference. This 6th annual event is once again brought  by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The Mainstream team will be present to participate in the discussions and are one of the sponsors during the event.

To arrange to meet with the team in advance of the event, please email

Africa Renewable Energy Forum

November 2, 2016 - November 4, 2016 | Marrakech, Morocco

Held under the umbrella of the UN COP22 Climate Change Conference, the Africa Renewable Energy Forum aims to utilise the outcomes of COP21 and COP22 as a springboard to continued investment and Africa’s growth; it will also strategically create a COP22 legacy for Africa as the annual leading renewable energy gathering of governments, energy, environment and finance ministries, national utilities, regulators and rural electrification agencies across the continent, along with DFIs and private sector investors.

Mainstream’s Head of Development for Africa, Linda Thompson will be participating in the conference programme:

Friday 04 November: 11.00 to 12.15 / The Crucial Contribution of Independent Power Projects (IPPs) in Sub Saharan Africa

  • Lessons from five key countries Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda
  • How will competitive procurement process speed up development?
  • Clear and conducive energy sector policies, structures and regulatory environment
  • Financial viability of the public utilities as the off-takers

To meet Linda at this key event, please email

The Desert Energy Leadership Summit

November 9, 2016 - November 10, 2016 | Dubai, UAE

Enabling and accelerating market transition

Taking place under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, the Desert Energy Leadership Summit is a unique, invitation-only event for the top 250 leaders and decision makers in the MENA Renewables Sector.

Mainstream’s CEO, Onshore – Torben Andersen will be participating in this Summit which will look at overcoming practical hurdles to developing and accelerating renewables in the MENA region and Turkey.  To meet with Torben at the event, please email

Visit the conference website here.

IIF Energy & Renewables

November 23, 2016 - November 23, 2016 | London, UK

Meeting Europe’s energy investment needs in a competitive market.

InfraNews sixth annual Infrastructure Investors Forum (IIF) Energy & Renewables conference will bring together a diverse range of utilities, renewable energy developers, renewable energy infrastructure funds, generalist infrastructure funds, institutional investors, lenders, policy makers and specialist advisory firms.

IIF Energy & Renewables includes thought-provoking panel discussions and keynote presentations from industry leaders, together with must-attend networking opportunities and a wrap-up drinks reception.

Mainstream’s Head of Corporate Finance, Paul Corrigan will be attending and contributing to the panel discussion:

PANEL: Adapting to subsidy auctions and expectations to reduce renewables costs
“The days of securing fixed feed-in tariffs for clean energy are over. Developers and investors backing projects in Europe are having to get used to competitive tender and auction systems for new renewables projects. Participating in these tenders is time consuming and costly, and most of them require projects to have secured all permits needed to build the asset. This can cost up to GBP 50m for some of the biggest renewables projects, making it risky for utilities and developers and their co-investors to get a project ready for a tender they don’t know whether they’ll win. They could be subject government U-turns like when Denmark this year unexpectedly cancelled its near-shore wind tender just before final bids were due. This raises questions around which types of companies are best equipped to participating in tenders and whether their ways of raising development capital for projects will change in the future. Financial investors tend to commit to projects after the conclusion of a tender or auction, but the question is whether investors will be forced to take more risks and get involved in earlier stages of a project’s life time in the future to help secure big-ticket renewables projects.

Tenders also show that the industry is pushing hard to reduce costs of all renewables technologies, with recent solar and onshore wind tenders as well as the first Dutch offshore wind tender clearing at record-low prices. Turbine and panel makers as well as the wider supply chain play a crucial role in driving this cost reduction and this panel will discuss some recent initiatives to make this happen and what this means for utilities and financial investors in renewables.

This panel will bring together developers, investors and lenders to discuss how market participants can make the most of competitive subsidy processes and how expected cost reductions will impact the outlook for Europe’s greenfield renewables pipeline. They will also discuss alternative options for attractive renewables investment outside competitive tenders and subsidy auctions.”