Africa GreenTec, a Frankfurt-based Startup,a mong the Winners of the AFSIA Solar Awards 2020
The first edition winners of The African Solar Industry Association (AFSIA) have just been published and we are glad to announce that among the winners of the AFSIA Solar Awards 2020 is the Frankfurt-based mini-grid supplier Africa GreenTec. The German start-up is installing its containerized solar systems in rural areas in Mali, Niger, and Senegal in order to provide electricity to households. The AFSIA Solar Award is established to honor solar energy suppliers, industry professionals, and donors who finance this clean energy solution.
CrossBoundary Energy emerged winners in the off-grid solar energy section. The company installs solar systems for industrial and commercial customers. The winning project at this year’s AFSIA Solar Awards was the installation of a solar system at the Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja, Nigeria. The players in the solar industry were selected by a jury made up of professionals in the sector, in partnership with the Africa Energy Forum (AEF), the continent’s leading energy forum. D.light, a company based in San Francisco in the US emerged winners in the category of suppliers of solar home systems. The company aims at electrifying 100 million people, mainly on the African continents in regions south of the Sahara.
Anka Madagascar, an African company based in Tananarive was among the award-winning companies. The company is distinguished for its ability to electrify households via mini-grids. It already has an installed capacity of 5 MW, which makes it a major player in the electrification process on the big island of Madagascar. Other African companies awarded include Pawame from Kenya and Solar Box Gabon. Pawame was distinguished in the category “African Solar SME of the Year” for electrifying 80,000 Kenyans while Solar Box Gabon was awarded in the same category for developing the “Solar Cube” technology which doubles the production of conventional solar panels.
AFSIA partnered with Africa Energy Forum (AEF) to award financial institutions supporting solar energy. In this category, the African Development Bank (AfDB), was rewarded for the establishment of the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), which among other things has contributed to the establishment of the first financing mechanism for stocks of solar irrigation products in East Africa.
The award also recognized and promoted female entrepreneurship. Olaedo Osoka was awarded the “Woman in Solar of the year” award. The 27-year-old Managing Director of Daystar Power Ghana is rewarded for expanding her company in several West African countries including Ghana, Senegal, and Togo. In 2 years, Daystar Power has installed solar systems with a cumulative capacity of 8 MW for commercial and industrial customers.
This was the first edition of the AFSIA Solar Awards.
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