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The inaugural AFSIA Solar Awards, organised in partnership with the Africa Energy Forum (aef), culminated in a grand show streamed online on 29 October 2020. During this ceremony, the winners of the 15 categories were unveiled and celebrated.
More than 130 entries were submitted across the different categories from all over the continent over the past few months. The jury, composed of leading experts in solar energy in Africa, carefully reviewed and evaluated each entry to identify the most deserving companies and individuals to be awarded the grand prize during this online ceremony.
Among the 15 categories in competition this year, the most disputed titles included “C&I project of the year” and “Mini grid project of the year”, which is reflective of the increased activity of both of these segments of the African solar industry. “Woman in solar of the year” has also been particularly popular among participants. This highlights the positive trend of the growing involvement of women in the solar industry across the continent.
|Utility scale project of the year||Sterling & Wilson Solar||For the multi-projects 322 MW contribution to Egypt’s 1,6 GW Benban Solar Complex|
|Commercial & industrial solar project of the year||CrossBoundary Energy||For the Jabi Lake Mall project in Abuja, Nigeria|
|Mini grid project of the year||Africa GreenTec|
|For their productive-use based mini grid projects in Mali, Niger and Senegal which are often subject to high security risks|
|Solar home system company of the year||d.light||For achieving the target of reaching 100-million people with solar energy|
|Residential project of the year||Munyax Eco|
|For exceptional achievement in the field of Solar Water heaters having installed more than 1000 units across Rwanda saving 8000 t of CO2 per year|
|African solar company of the year||ANKA Madagascar|
|For securing 5 MW worth of mini-grids across Madagascar and for the company’s innovative AgriGrid model|
|African solar SME of the year||Pawame|
Solar Box Gabon
|For reaching 80 000 Kenyans with Solar Home System solutions while achieving cash-flow break-even and profitability|
For developing the “Solar Cube” which doubles the production of traditional solar panels
|Financial advisor of the year||Synergy Consulting Infrastructure and Financial Advisory Services||For their advisory services to cutting-edge large-scale projects across the continent such as the 2×50 MW tender in Botswana, the 32 MW Djermaya project in Chad or the world’s first PV-CSP hybrid 200 MW project in Egypt|
|Legal advisor of the year||Eversheds Sutherland||For their contribution to the Open Solar Contracts with IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, and the Terrawatt Initiative, providing open source standardized contracts to governments across the globe|
|Technical advisor of the year||Suntrace|
|For technical advisory to the Fekola Gold mine hybrid project in Mali, a first of its kind off-grid hybrid project composed of 36 MW of solar, 15,4 MWh of storage, saving 13-million litres of heavy fuel oil annually|
|DFI of the year||African Development Bank (AfDB)|
|For establishing SEFA, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa which has contributed among others First of its kind inventory finance facility for solar irrigation products in East Africa|
|Woman in solar of the year||Olaedo Osoka|
|CEO of Daystar Power Ghana, for leading the expansion of the company from Nigeria to Ghana, Togo and Senegal and realizing C&I projects of 8MW in this 2-year period… and at the age of 27!|
|Solar innovation for the year||Phaesun|
|For their work on the RevivED Water Innovation project, a solar-powered desalination and purification systems for brackish water based on electrodialysis technology providing up to 2000 l of clean drinking per day|
|Solar picture of the year||Alexandre Skander Allegue – Pawame||For a beautiful picture highlighting the impact of lighting in the most remote areas|
|Solar video of the year||Joanna Gentili – African Minigrids||For a very inspiring and motivating video about electrifying a village in Malawi|
An exceptional and global platform
The awards ceremony was organised in collaboration with aef and was conducted online.
This year, aef joined forces with the African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa plus Oil & Gas Council’s Africa Assembly this October to host a “Digital Africa Energy Festival” – the largest ever energy event for the African continent.
John van Zuylen, the founder of AFSIA, commented; “AFSIA Solar Awards is delighted to be hosted by this much respected programme and to unveil the winners during a digital ceremony on 29 October. The event was organised as a great show celebrating exceptional achievement in the solar industry and hosted several African personalities such as Ndumiso Lindi, the host of the awards, and the African ban and dance troupe ‘Les Merveilles de Guinee’ which gave a thrilling performance. Several leaders of the global industry such as Huawei, Trina Solar and Jinko Solar also provided their support to make this a truly exceptional event.”
Meet the jury
Applications to the AFSIA Solar Awards were evaluated by some of the most experienced professionals of the African solar industry. These experts reviewed every application independently and selected the best ones in each category.
This year the jury was composed of Eng. Lamya Abdel Hady, Head of Sector Private Projects, EETC (Egypt); Bah FM Saho, Executive Director, ECREEE (Cape Verde); Jo Dean, Board Member, SAPVIA (South Africa); Jasandra Nyker Managing Director, Denham Capital (South Africa); Aaron Leopold, CEO, AMDA – Africa Minigrid Developers Association (Kenya); Linda Munyengeterwa, Regional Industry Director for Infrastructure, IFC (South Africa); Izael Da Silva, PhD, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research and Innovation Department, Strathmore University (Kenya); and Simon Gosling, Managing Director, EnergyNet (UK).
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