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.