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AFSIA and Africa Energy Forum celebrate winners in 15 categories during the AFSIA Solar Awards 2021

The 2nd edition of the AFSIA Solar Awards 2021, organized once again in partnership with the Africa Energy Forum have culminated in a grand show live and online on November 16th. During this ceremony, the winners of the 15 categories were unveiled and celebrated.

More than 190 entries were submitted across the different categories from all over the continent over the past few months. The Jury, composed of some of the leading experts in solar energy in Africa, have carefully reviewed and evaluated each entry to identify the most deserving companies and individuals to be awarded the grand prize during the awards ceremony.

Among the 15 categories in competition this year, the most disputed titles included “C&I Project of the year”, “Solar innovation/technology of the year”, and “DFI & Alternative Financing” which is reflective of the increased activity of those segments of the African solar industry. This highlights the very positive trend of the growth of the industry across the continent.

Winners

Category

Winner

Achievement

Utility Scale Project of the year

InfraCo Africa

For the 60MWac Salima Solar project in Malawi

Commercial & Industrial Solar Project of the year

EM-ONE Energy Solutions

for its 1.52MWp / 2.28MWh system at the Federal ministry Mabushi office complex in Abuja, Nigeria

 

Mini Grid Project of the year

ENGIE Equatorial

for the 600kWp Lolwe Island mini-grid project in Uganda

Solar Home System Company of the year

Ignite Power

for connecting households in Rwanda for under $1 a month

Residential Project of the year

Jubaili Bros

for the 20kW/60kWh solar PV plus storage facility installation in Accra, Ghana

African Solar company of the year

SolarAfrica

 

for being the first to successfully market solar PPAs to residential and commercial power users in South Africa back in 2011 and having financed 55MW of projects to date

African Solar SME/Entrepreneur of the year

Kudirat Saliu

from the Solar Sister Entrepreneurs Program in Nigeria focusing on distributing solar home systems solutions in off-grid areas

Financial Advisor of the year

Synergy Consulting Infrastructure and Financial Advisory Services

for several projects including the Dondo Solar PV project, the 1st competitively tendered solar IPP in Mozambique and the 100MW solar IPP in Botswana

Legal Advisor of the year

Wairimu & Co.

for advisory on the $4M investment to a Kenyan mini-grid development

DFI/Alternative Financing of the year

SunFunder

for the $70M Solar Energy Transformation (SET) Fund

Woman in Solar of the year

Jenny Fletcher

CEO and Co-Founder of Ariya Finergy leading an exciting period of growth and having secured $1M of assets under management and a further $3M identified in 2022

Solar Innovation for the year

Genius Watter

for the Genius RO – solar-powered reverse osmosis desalination technology

Solar Picture of the year

ARESS

for a beautiful picture highlighting solar EPC work taken by the installation team

Solar video of the year

Enara

for a film shot in the New Valley governorate to showcase the potential and benefits of solar energy in reclaiming desert land in Egypt.

Life-time achievement award

Franco Traverso from Genius Watter

Co-founder and Chairman of Genius Watter and a pioneer of the photovoltaic sector since 1981.

An exceptional and global platform

The awards ceremony was organized in collaboration with the AEF (Africa Energy Forum) and was conducted online and live in London.

AEF is the marquis event of the African energy industry and has been uniting top public and private sector decision-makers in 1 location for more than 20 years. This year, AEF took place in London from November 15th until 17th.

AFSIA is thrilled to be part of this prestigious event and to reveal the laureates during the hybrid live and online ceremony on the 16th of November with the support global industry leaders such as LONGi, Trina Solar, Jinko Solar and Huawei.

Meet the jury

Applications to the AFSIA Solar Awards were assessed by some of the best experts of the African solar industry. They reviewed every application independently and nominated the outstanding ones in each category.

This year the jury was composed of Demi Edosomwan from TotalEnergies Ventures, Catherine Mukobo from ACERD, Tony Tiyou from Renewables in Africa, Wale Shonibare from AfDB, Ujunwa Ojemeni from the Ministry of Energy & Natural Resources – Lagos State Government, Salma Okonkwo from UBI Group, Wikus Kruger from the Power Futures Lab at the University of Cape Town and Dr. Harald Schützeichel from the Solar Energy Foundation.

Contact the winners:

Category

Winner

Contribution

Utility Scale Project of the year

InfraCo Africa

 

James Ng’ang’a – jnganga@infracoafrica.com

Commercial & Industrial Solar Project of the year

EM-ONE Energy Solutionss

Karine Makhijani Malagon – karine@emone.com

Mini Grid Project of the year

ENGIE Equatorial

 

Katja Damman – katja.damman@engie.com

Solar Home System Company of the year

Ignite Power

Gal Cohen – gal.cohen@ignite.solar

Residential Project of the year

Jubaili Bros

 

Sampson Amanyo-Zickson – sampson.zickson@jubailibros.com

African Solar company of the year

SolarAfrica

 

Samantha Robinson – sam@sjcommunications.co.za

African Solar SME/Entrepreneur of the year

Kudirat Saliu

 

Oisereime Lloyd-Dietake – oisereime@solarsister.org

Financial Advisor of the year

Synergy Consulting Infrastructure and Financial Advisory Services

Praveen Umredkar – Praveen.Umredkar@SynergyConsultingIFA.com

Legal Advisor of the year

Wairimu & Co.

Wairimu Karanja – wairimu@envantagelaw.com

DFI/Alternative financing of the year

SunFunder

Nico Tyabji – nico@sunfunder.com

Woman in Solar of the year

Jenny Fletcher

 

Jenny Fletcher – jenny@ariyafinergy.com

Solar Innovation of the year

Genius Watter

 

Angelica Bonora – a.bonora@geniuswatter.com

Solar Picture of the year

ARESS

William MONTCHO – rzone2.aress@gmail.com

Solar video of the year

Enara

Yasmine Abd El Aziz -y.abdelaziz@enaragroup.com

Life-time achievement award

Franco Traverso

Angelica Bonora – a.bonora@geniuswatter.com

For more information:

John.vanzuylen@afsiasolar.com

ines.dushime@afsiasolar.com

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