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

Over the past few months, more than 190 entries from across the con­ti­nent have been sub­mit­ted for the var­i­ous cat­e­gories. The judg­ing pan­el, made up of some of Africa’s lead­ing experts on solar ener­gy, thor­ough­ly reviewed and eval­u­at­ed each entry to deter­mine the most deserv­ing com­pa­nies and indi­vid­u­als who will be award­ed the grand prize dur­ing the awards ceremony.

Among the 15 cat­e­gories in com­pe­ti­tion this year, the most con­tro­ver­sial titles were “C&I Project of the year”, “Solar innovation/technology of the year” and “DFI & Alter­na­tive Financ­ing”, reflect­ing the increas­ing activ­i­ty of these seg­ments of the African solar indus­try. This under­lines the very pos­i­tive trend of growth in the indus­try across the continent.

Award 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.