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.
|Utility Scale Project of the year
|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
|for the 600kWp Lolwe Island mini-grid project in Uganda
|Solar Home System Company of the year
|for connecting households in Rwanda for under $1 a month
|Residential Project of the year
|for the 20kW/60kWh solar PV plus storage facility installation in Accra, Ghana
|African Solar company of the year
|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
|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
|for the $70M Solar Energy Transformation (SET) Fund
|Woman in Solar of the year
|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
|for the Genius RO – solar-powered reverse osmosis desalination technology
|Solar Picture of the year
|for a beautiful picture highlighting solar EPC work taken by the installation team
|Solar video of the year
|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.