Launch of EEP Africa New Portfolio 2021

The new portfolio stems from a 2020 competitive call for proposals on Clean Energy Powering Green Growth. From among 357 applications submitted, 26 companies were awarded a total of EUR 8.3 million in financing for projects to be implemented in 12 countries across Southern and East Africa. The new grantees are mainly start-up companies (81%), with a significant share of locally-led (62%) and women-led (38%) enterprises.

We see many clean energy start-ups developing sustainable solutions to stimulate green growth in rural communities. However, it is a well-known fact that there is a severe lack of flexible and early-stage financing for such innovators, especially for local and women-led companies. EEP Africa is proud to be one of the leading funders willing to take risks and catalyse investment in new technologies and business models.
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Small things that make a difference on your solar project

When planning a solar project, we all know how to think about PV panels, inverters and batteries. But there are many more elements that compose a solar projects and which are often overlooked or not considered important.

When planning for a 25-year infrastructure project, all details and all components are however important if you wish for a smooth solar journey. In this webinar, we will shed light on the elements of solar projects which are often overlooked or totally forgotten, and yet which could make or break your project.

Join our speakers to learn more about:

  • How the quality of DC and AC combiners is crucial for long-lasting solar projects while they represent only 2-3% of the overall project cost
  • How IoT and remote monitoring is playing an increasingly important role in preventive maintenance and asset management of your solar projects
  • The differences between mounting structures quality and the impact this may have in a 25-year period

During this webinar you will get great insights from the following panelists:

  • Rajesh Rajan – Managing Director at Hensel Electric
  • Edirin Aghoghovbia – Head of Business Development at AMMP Technologies
  • Akram Abdelwhab – Group Technical Manager at British Approvals Service for Cables(BASEC)


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Easy project planning and sourcing with the SegenSolar Portal

Solar products and equipment keep evolving on a permanent basis and it is sometimes hard to keep track while developing projects and building new client relationships at the same time.

SegenSolar, as South Africa’s leading distributor of top solar brands, has created its Portal specifically to help solar installers gain time and money in the planning of their projects. With is unique Project Designer Tool, the SegenSolar Portal will help you build your entire BOQ in just a few clicks and see in real-time which products are in stock. And the Portal has many more cool features to help you with project planning and sourcing.

Join Jacolien in this online event during which we will:

– Present the interactive SegenSolar platform that solar installers can use as an extension of their project design and planning activities
– Discover how to obtain BOQs, quotation and other technical project documentation in just a few clicks
– Highlight key features of the SegenSolar Portal including live stock availability, live prices and many more

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Optimize your solar ROI and guarantee safety in the context of South Africa's new 100MW threshold

The South African solar industry has experienced a crucial development a few weeks ago by having the legal capacity limit requiring a license moved from 1MW to 100MW. This has a monumental impact on the C&I segment, as many projects requiring more than 1MW of PV can now be developed without any fear of being stopped for licensing considerations.

As solar is increasingly gaining popularity in South Africa, a careful selection of equipment and planning is key to a successful project. Huawei Digital Power, a leader in driving the energy revolution by integrating digital and electronics technologies, is well-positioned to offer leading Smart PV solutions for utility-scale PV plants, commercial and industrial scenarios, and homes. Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solution features optimal electricity cost, active safety and free maintenance, helping generate higher energy yields and maximize investment returns.

During the webinar you will learn about:

– Commercial &Industrial PV in South Africa: Embedded generation threshold to increase to 100MW, challenges and opportunities

– Huawei’s Commercial & Industrial Smart PV solution: active safety, higher yields, and free maintenance

– Huawei’s Smart PV solution for utility-scale PV plants

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Solar for healthcare in Africa

14 months ago, many spotlights were turned towards the African healthcare sector and its terrible lack of electrification. Not being able to store and administer the COVID vaccine in Africa could deter all other global efforts in fighting the pandemic. Several programs were then launched to solve the issue of electrification at healthcare facilities and many experts had their opinion about what was the right way forward.

Fast-forward 14 months later, there are significantly less discussions and articles about electrifying the African healthcare infrastructure. But the problem persists and only a few healthcare facilities got access to electricity. Several emergency programs have disappeared as fast as they were announced and there still is an amazing work to be done to provide Africa with the most basic access to electricity and healthcare. But there are solutions, efficient, readily available and totally affordable! This webinar intends to highlight several initiatives and solutions which can significantly improve the access to electricity for the healthcare sector in Africa and deserve a lot more attention

In this webinar we will:

  • discuss how it could actually take only $50M to electrify half of Africa’s healthcare facilities to address the 2 major pain points of rural doctors
  • present a tool that helps public officials and solar professionals precisely size the required solar installation for any kind of healthcare facility depending on the medical equipment available and used
  • present the new approach of international aid agencies to speed up healthcare electrification by adapting to and aligning with the needs of private solar companies across the continent

During this webinar you will get great insights from the following panelists:

This event will be of particular interest to:

  • Government officials in charge of healthcare
  • Health practicians
  • Aid agencies
  • African solar installers and developers
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Le secteur des énergies renouvelables et décentralisées en République Démocratique du Congo.

L’étude entreprise par ACERD asbl constitue une première étude du secteur auprès de différents acteurs impliqués dans le domaine de l’accès à l’énergie par les énergies renouvelables décentralisées en RDC. Cette étude a analysé le secteur en termes de ménages, services communautaires et micro-entreprises connectés à une source d’énergie renouvelable décentralisée en
fin 2020 ainsi que les prévisions pour 2021-2023 ; la hauteur des investissements réalisés ces dernières années et les prévisions d’investissements pour 2021-2023. Le but de cette étude ACERD asbl est de comprendre les défis et besoins des membres et de s’imprégner des expériences des autres pays africains et d’apporter des recommandations afin que l’ACERD asbl soit mieux outillée pour servir ses membres et le secteur en général.

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Stand - Alone Solar Investment Map Nigeria

The government of Nigeria currently targets 100 percent electrification rate by 2040, and off-grid energy will play a vital role. The electrification rate currently stands at 45 percent, with higher access in urban areas (55 percent) compared to rural areas (36 percent). While the country has an energy generating capacity of 12,522 MW, 20 million households remain without energy access. Extending on-grid connections will continue, but it will be timely and costly, particularly for rural and sparse populations. Off-grid energy, however, presents a viable alternative, and standalone systems are particularly well suited to reach the hardest to reach customers.

The SAS sector is nascent and fast-growing, and stakeholders have committed to its rapid expansion. The Nigerian government looks to add 5 million new solar connections through solar home system and mini-grids by 2023 under the 2020 Economic Sustainability Plan, reaching 25 million people.9 This builds on a young and growing sector, comprised of international companies that have established traction in other markets—for example BBOXX, Lumos, Zola Electric, d.light, Azuri, and Oolu—and often smaller but established local companies such as Sosai Renewables, Arnergy, Blue Camel, Consistent Energy, and ColdHubs, among others. Combined, these companies have an annual revenue potential of USD 1.2 billion, presenting opportunities for both private and public investments.

To achieve the government’s goals, stakeholders must execute a rapid roll-out and provide strategic support to existing SAS companies. Many companies in the sector are yet to achieve substantial scale-up of their businesses, and many—in particular local companies—cite limited access to the right financing as the primary setback to growth.
Given the capital-intensive nature of this sector, companies will require substantial investment to prove commercial viability, scale operations, and support the country’s electrification efforts.

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Putting energy data to work with pub/sub Going beyond REST APIs, and embracing the power of a new paradigm


Executive Summary

This paper explores the prevailing ways in which energy data is exchanged between parties
– specifically in the context of data from PV and PV/hybrid systems. It lays out the most
common established approaches, including “data push” and “data pull”, and discussed their
respective advantages and shortcomings. The paper also presents the “publish/subscribe”
(pub/sub) pattern of data exchange. While use of the pub/sub pattern is quite well
established in other industries, such as financial services and industrial IoT, it is still not
widely used in the context of renewable energy data exchange. This paper presents the
advantages of the pub/sub approach, as relating to this context.
In summary, pub/sub has a number of distinct advantages over established approaches.
First and foremost, it allows for providers of data (e.g. devices in the field) to send real-time
data and events. This can for example ensure that critical events are acted upon promptly.
It also provides a simple mechanism for eliminating gaps in historical data. Meanwhile,
pub/sub allows for data consumers to subscribe to the specific data streams (“topics”) that
are relevant to them. Overall, pub/sub protocols provide rich data interchange capabilities.
Meanwhile, they are straightforward to set up and maintain for both providers and
consumers of data. Finally pub/sub protocols support best-practice security paradigms.
In light of this, this paper presents the case for a comprehensive embrace of pub/sub data
interchange across the renewable energy data ecosystem.

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Meet your bankable high-efficiency solar module & energy storage partner

Join us for this Showcase event on High-Efficiency Module and Energy Storage Solution with Jinko Solar.
Many solar installers and developers have a habit of opting for low standard modules, sometimes with less guarantee.
But Jinko Solar technology innovation now makes it possible to get highest efficiency modules with a better control over costs, production and storage capacity from 50 kWh up to 1MWh.

Join us to learn and discuss:
• The importance of high-efficiency modules in Mini-Grid, Rooftop and C&I applications
• How solar energy storage will boost energy production over a given payback period
• How high-efficiency modules will help you reduce logistics costs

This event is open to all and will be of particular interest to MG developers and C&I installers and developers from Africa.

A big thank you to our speaker:

Titus KoechJinko Solar – Technical Service Engineer

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Latest tech updates for large-scale solar in Africa

Solar energy is now the world’s cheapest energy source. This is the result of the perpetual evolution of the solar industry and the relentless efforts of equipment manufacturers to permanently improve their solutions to optimize yield and reduce cost.

The last 24 months have witnessed a tremendous increase in the speed of innovations brought to market as well as drastic price shocks. In this webinar, we will discuss the latest updates on some of the most important components of large-scale solar projects in Africa and their impact on the competitiveness of solar in Africa for power generation at the utility level.

During this webinar, we will address:
• The pros and cons of high power solar modules
• The growing important role that storage plays in large-scale solar in Africa
• How inverters are becoming the brain of solar projects thanks to digital innovation
• The latest innovation in tracker design and operation to boost yield

In this webinar, our panelists will discuss both commercial and technical aspects to give the audience the most complete overview of the current status of large-scale solar projects. This webinar will serve as a great guide to developers, national utilities, and authorities on the latest trends in the solar industry and what to expect in the near future.

You may download the full presentation below or listen to the webinar again through our YouTube channel

A big thank you to our speakers:

Emeka Wosu – LONGi Solar – Global Business Development Manager
Francisco Estela – LONGi Solar – Technical Director of Global Development
Maxime Bureau – Africa REN – COO
Anthony Erasmus – Huawei – Advisory Account Manager
Hemanshu Sugandhi – Nextracker – Director Business Development

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Green hydrogen potential for Africa

Hydrogen has been used for several decades by industrial companies because of its great convenience as fuel stock with regards to storage and transport. And thanks to the continued decreasing cost of renewables, the potential for green hydrogen is now growing exponentially and opening new avenues of use for hydrogen.

The success of green hydrogen will be linked to its production cost and Africa is ideally positioned to play a major role in this global industry as the continent enjoys some of the best renewable energy resources in the world.

But other factors may still prove challenging and could limit the extent to which Africa will benefit from this nascent industry.

In this e-conference, we will learn from the best experts in the industry about the potential of green hydrogen for economic growth in Africa.

During this virtual event we address the following:
• Specifying the fundamentals of green hydrogen and its advantages for the global economy
• Identifying the potential for green hydrogen production on the African continent
• Addressing the status of development of the green hydrogen ecosystem globally and in Africa
• Highlighting key success factors for rapid development and growth of a green hydrogen ecosystem in Africa
• Discussing current challenges faced by African countries to embark in green hydrogen production and proposing mitigation strategies
• Highlighting the role and impact green hydrogen can have on African nations
• Identifying the role of the solar industry in building a strong green hydrogen industry in Africa

Speakers include:

Prof dr Ad van Wijk – TU Delft
Dr Jane Olwoch – SASSCAL
Dr Christoph Rövekamp – German Federal Ministry of Education & Research
Dr Chakradhar Byreddy – UL
Amy Halliday – Planet Power Finance
Hadyr Koumakpai – JA Solar
Jubilee Easo – Eversheds-Sutherland
Elizabeth Minchew – IFC
Damien Ricordeau – Finergreen
Thomas Roos – CSIR
Andrew Horvath – Star Scientific Group

Ayoub Hirt – IRESEN

Moderated by:
Dr Thomas Hillig – THEnergy
Vincent Oldenbroek – African Hydrogen Partnership



DAY 1 – Keynote Speech – Prof. Ad van Wijk – TU Delft

DAY 1 – Deep-Dive on Germany’s green hydrogen agenda with Africa – Dr. Christoph Rövekamp – German Federal Ministry of Education and Research 

DAY 2 – Keynote Speech – Vincent Oldenbroek – African Hydrogen Partnership




Technical White Paper of JA Solar DeepBlue 3.0

JA Solar has always taken technological innovation as its development founda tion, especially since the start of 2020, JA Solar has further increased its product  R&D investment. By applying multiple technologies including M10 wafer  (182mm size) technology, PERCIUM+ technology, multi-busbar (MBB) and  half-cell technology, etc., JA Solar has launched its powerful product — Deep Blue 3.0, a high-efficiency and high-power PV module which brings customers a  lower LCOE solution with the power of modules available for mass production  up to 590W at the moment.

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Launch of Operation and Maintenance Best Practice Guidelines: Africa edition

Building on Version 4.0 of SolarPower Europe’s O&M Best Practice Guidelines, this edition is adapted to the Sub-Saharan African context. It is a joint effort with ten African solar and renewable energy industry associations, from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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AFSIA webinar - Sun meets Water

Even more than access to electricity, access to (drinkable) water can be a challenge across Africa. Luckily, more and more ingenious technology is being developed to use existing water resources for irrigation or for human consumption.

These technologies are inextricably linked to solar as this often is the only way to power them.

In this webinar we will learn about solutions combining solar energy and water and changing the lives of millions across Africa.

During this webinar we will address

  • How Genius Watter manages to deliver drinkable water in the most extreme environments thanks to solar energy
  • How Aptech Africa plans to impact the agricultural output of Uganda by making irrigation affordable through its solar-powered PAY-N-PUMP solution for small-scale farmers
  • Why solar is the most economical choice when it comes to irrigation and how investors such as InfraCo Africa are supporting developers to offer pre-financed solar irrigation solutions
  • How floating solar could be a real game-changer in the African large-scale solar projects industry and legal and contractual aspects need to be considered for such projects


You may download the full presentation below or listen to the webinar again through our YouTube channel.

A big thank you to our speakers:

Franco Traverso – Genius Watter

Laura Corcoran – Aptech Africa

Kamar Mehdi – InfraCo Africa

Michel Chatelin – Eversheds-Sutherland

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AFSIA webinar - Innovative financing for African solar

Financing can make or break a solar opportunity and it is key to have knowledge of and access to the appropriate sources of financing to be successful in this industry.

But some companies are more creative than others and have pushed the thinking of novel financing approaches for different segments of the solar industry.

In this webinar which took place on 26 January 2021, we shed light on the innovative financing approaches of some of the most successful solar companies in Africa. Our 2 guest companies are truly different in the way they address financing of their respective business activities and this is probably one key element of their ongoing success.

During this webinar we addressed

  • The impact of carbon credits to finance the pico-solar industry (Namene Solar)
  • How crowdfunding and block-chain technology can combine to create one of the most powerful C&I financing mechanism in South Africa (The Sun Exchange)


You may download the full presentation below or listen to the webinar again through our YouTube channel.

A big thank you to our speakers:

Bernardo Lazo – Namene Solar

Saul Wainwright – The Sun Exchange

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Decentralized RE innovations to boost agri-sector productivity
Zero hunger can be achieved by providing energy beneficiaries with the means to produce, transform and consume food in a clean and sustainable way, thereby enhancing both their food security and nutrition.
Agriculture is a source of livelihood for 86% of people living in rural areas globally. Besides farming, livelihoods can encompass various activities in other key agricultural sub-sectors, including livestock and fishing and aquaculture.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) highlights three major challenges faced by the global food system:
  • Feeding a growing population
  • Providing a livelihood for farmers
  • Environmental protection
There is a strong need for increased adoption of sustainable agricultural practices to bring the food from farm to fork while addressing the above three challenges. This is where decentralised renewable energy (DRE) technologies can and must play a key role. Moreover, as innovation in DRE-powered agricultural equipment and appliances steam ahead, their technical and commercial viability will improve further.
Based on best practices from the 15 case studies included in this publication and general observations, ARE and UNIDO ITPO Germany developed recommendations for public and private stakeholders working in the field to boost DRE uptake to power agricultural productivity.
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EEP Africa - Productivity and Circularity in the Clean Energy Sector

A new report exploring recent developments in the clean energy market in Southern and East Africa based on insights from EEP Africa’s support for early-stage, private sector-led projects.

In its 2020 Market Report, EEP Africa uses data collected from our call for proposals, annual survey and active portfolio to look at three rapidly developing areas of the clean energy market:

  • Evolution of productive use of energy (PUE)
  • Role of clean energy in a circular economy
  • Impact of COVID-19 on early-stage companies
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Practical Guide to Mezzanine Financing for Access To Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

This document is specifically aimed at familiarizing companies and entrepreneurs with what mezzanine structures are and how they work best in the context of the A2E sector in SSA.

The Energy Entrepreneurs Growth Fund (EEGF) is an investment fund that provides financing and technical assistance to entrepreneurs operating in the Access to Energy (A2E) sector, which includes off-grid electricity and mini-grids, in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The EEGF, managed by Triple Jump as portfolio manager and Persistent Energy Capital as advisor, was launched in 2019 with capital from FMO and Shell Foundation. The EEGF provides flexible equity, mezzanine, and debt investments in the range of USD 1-10 million per company.

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AMDA Africa Mini-Grid Benchmark 2020

With this report, the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) is opening the door to a new era in the
minigrid sector. One of continental transparency in performance, cost, and scale information that will allow
decision-makers in national governments, donor institutions, and investors to make more informed choices
than ever before. And it will help minigrid companies understand how they are performing vis-à-vis their peers
for the first time as well.

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Global Market Outlook For Solar Power / 2020 - 2024 by SolarPower Europe

Released on 16 June 2020

The return of the global solar market to two-digit growth rates in 2019 signaled a positive trajectory for the sector.
But in 2020, the solar world looks very different: the COVID-19 pandemic has not spared the solar power sector.
This year, new solar grid connections are expected to drop the first time in many years. Now it is of utmost
importance that governments do not disregard renewables and solar power when developing economic stimulus
packages. If the world is serious about meeting the Paris Agreement climate targets, solar deployments not only
need to get back on their recent growth track, but the installation rate of solar, the lowest-cost and most versatile
power generation technology, must increase much faster, in the short- and mid-term.

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Sustainable Energy Access during COVID-19: Time for Collaboration not Heroes

Released on 8 June 2020

In the wake of this pandemic, the role of sustainable energy solutions has come to the forefront with many governments declaring energy an essential service. Now more than ever, it is clear that access to sustainable energy is essential, especially, in regards to building a robust response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sustainable energy sector has been prone to respond positively and quickly. But one must recognize that, with a few notable exceptions, this has mostly taken place in a poorly coordinated way.

In this Op-Ed, the author lists several recommendations as a crying call for the sustainable energy market ecosystem to efficiently support the global response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in efficient and sound manner.

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Solar e-waste management innovations in sub-Saharan Africa

Released on 26 May 2020

The global market for off-grid solar technologies is growing rapidly. Investments in e-waste management are needed now to ensure that the sector grows sustainably and remains a leader in environmental responsibility. Off-grid industry leaders are exploring e-waste management solutions, such as product repair initiatives and preventative maintenance, as well as the role of waste reduction in the initial product design stage.

In this report you can expect to learn about initiatives that:
• Streamline and integrate take-back & collection into company business models
• Facilitate product refurbishment, reuse, or repurposing
• Create partnerships with the informal sector
• Enhance consumer awareness around proper e-waste disposal
• Develop second-life battery initiatives
• Extend product and/or component lifespan; and
• Enhance product reparability and recyclability

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Powering Opportunity: Energising Work, Enterprise and Quality of Life with Off-Grid Solar

Released in May 2020

As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have more evidence than ever that off-grid solar is a power tool for change, helping to build resilience on the road towards a sustainable economic recovery.

Following 2018’s ground-breaking Powering Opportunity report, GOGLA expanded the research on the impact of solar home systems to more regions, including South Asia and West Africa. For East Africa, GOGLA went back to the households of the 2018 research to find out about the long-term effect of solar home systems.

The research confirms that people with solar home systems gain more income and work longer hours while feeling safer and healthier and provides some appalling statistics about the positive impact of SHS on people’s lives.

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2020 Global Photovoltaic Reliability Report by DuPont

Released in May 2020

DuPont runs a unique program featuring a multi-step inspection protocol conducted by DuPont scientists and engineers in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The 2020 field report was compiled from inspection and analysis of nearly 3 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic (PV) installations around the globe, spanning 9 million panels. A number of variables were analyzed in the course of the inspections including component, material, mounting, time in service and climate.

Key findings (compared to 2019):

Total module defects:30 percent
Total backsheet defects:16 percent
The overall outer layer cracking rate of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) backsheets increased by more than three times
Emerging trends in backsheet failures include:
Rapid increase in cracking in PVDF backsheets
Cracking of inner layers
Delamination in double glass modules.

Read the full research and results in the complete Global PV Reliability Report.

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The value of PAYG solar for mobile operators

Released in May 2020

The PAYG solar and telecom industry in Africa have been inextricably related since 2012.

This report provides the first multi-country analysis to quantify the value of that synergy for the mobile industry.
Five mobile operators from Uganda, Rwanda, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Zambia worked with GSMA to provide aggregated and anonymised mobile money and GSM data in order to measure the commercial value that the PAYG solar industry has for the mobile industry.

The key findings from this analysis are as follows:
– PAYG solar customers show significantly increased mobile money usage, beyond just solar payments
– PAYG solar drives adoption of mobile money
– PAYG solar customers yield increased overall revenue for mobile operators
– PAYG solar demonstrates the case for strengthening and broadening collaboration

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International players mobilize to support the African solar industry through challenging times

Released on 6 May 2020

While many countries around the globe are making their first steps into deconfinement, many specialists are already warning about the financial aftermath of the pandemic and the potential economic tsunami on the global economy.

In an effort to proactively support the nascent African solar industry, several organizations have been working on dedicated mechanisms to bring entrepreneurs and SMEs the necessary funds and support to pass through this difficult period. Below is a list of the most notable initiatives that are currently available

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AFSIA webinar: COVID-19 implications on African solar industry

On April 17, AFSIA co-hosted a webinar with Eversheds-Sutherland to discuss the implications of the COVID pandemic on the African solar industry.

Panelists included:

Irene Calve-Saborit – Sunkofa Energy – Co-Founder & Alliance for Rural Electrification – Board Member

Justus Mucyo – BBOXX – MD Rwanda

Victor Koyer – Jinko Solar – Sales Manager East/Central/West Africa

Varun Sharda – Sterling & Wilson – Deputy GM – Solar

Jean-Pascal Boutin – Eversheds-Sutherland – Partner

Rob McNabb – Eversheds-Sutherland – Partner


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The time is now for solar at African health centers

We are still in the midst of the crisis but today I wanted to take a positive angle and look at the future. Researchers are now working day and night to develop a cure and eventually a vaccine. And it is reasonable to expect this vaccine will be available in the medium term. The virus knows no border and in order to be efficient it will need to be available globally, even in the most remote parts of Africa. This may be challenging as vaccines require to be refrigerated and the WHO estimates that only 28% of African health centers have access to reliable energy.
Solar has demonstrated it can be a quick and cost-effective solution to power remote health centers.
Now is a better time than ever to focus efforts on solar for minimum universal health care across Africa.

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Tunisian Solar Investment Opportunities by SolarPower Europe

Released in February 2020

The report provides a snapshot of Tunisia’s business environment, macroeconomic trends, and issues related to the country’s credit and political risk.

This new report shows that Tunisia has strong solar potential, which the government is increasingly harnessing. However, in order to effectively take advantage of this opportunity, the report issues a series of recommendations for investors, policymakers, and local stakeholders.

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The rise and rise of solar in Togo

Togo is a small country in West Africa that seldom makes the headlines of international news. But when it comes to solar, this country really stands out as amazing example for the promotion of solar as a solution to develop the country and bring cheap and reliable electricity to its population.

What is truly peculiar about Togo is not so much the absolute size of the different solar initiatives that are under way (the population amounts to only 8 million residents, not to be compared with the almost 200 million neighboring Nigerians). The most noteworthy aspect of solar in Togo is the wide diversity of solar initiatives currently being deployed across the country. The Government of Togo (GoT) has engaged into an aggressive program to provide solar through a multitude of solutions, adapted to the specific needs across the country.

You may download the status list of all initiatives under way as of February 2020 below.

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Will Africa follow suit on Asia’s upbeat plans to develop floating solar across the continent?

In January 2020, floating solar in Africa came into the global spotlights with the announcement of the winning bidder for the 4 MWAC  floating PV system to be built on Le Rocher lagoon in Mahé in the Seychelles. This IPP project is a notable achievement for the continent and for the entire world as it pushes further both technical and commercial boundaries.

In this paper, Celine Paton, Senior Financial Analyst at SERIS, the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, and expert on floating solar globally shares with us insights on the global market of FPV, the drivers and benefits of this new segment of the solar industry, and why this is a technology we should all keep a close look at.

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Terje Osmundsen provides key to answering this question through an analysis of the recently published EIA Africa Energy Outlook 2019 and based on his findings and discussions on the ground at the latest energy conference in Lagos, Nigeria in November.

Despite a burgeoning renewable energy industry across Africa, and numerous projects of all sizes becoming operational, gas will inevitably remain an important component of the Africa’s energy mix in the future. And somewhat surprisingly, coal keeps rising.

This article was first published on the Energi og Klima website on 17 November 2019 and can be read here.


Released on 8 November 2019

Rapid economic and population growth in Africa, particularly in the continent’s burgeoning cities, will have profound implications for the energy sector, both regionally and globally. The stage is set for a new wave of dynamism among African policy makers and business communities, with falling costs of key renewable technologies opening up new avenues for innovation and growth. Chief among the challenges is providing universal access to reliable, modern, affordable and sustainable energy. How to do this is a crucial component of Africa’s Agenda 2063 strategic framework for the continent’s future and of global Sustainable Development Goals. Realising the potential of the continent’s natural gas and mineral resources presents another key challenge.

Five years after the World Energy Outlook’s first special report on Africa, the International Energy Agency has updated and expanded its outlook for the continent based on in-depth, data-rich and country-specific analysis. This new report provides important policy insights to help African energy stakeholders achieve the continent’s growth ambitions in a sustainable and inclusive manner. It also explores how the rise of consumerism in Africa might affect global trends.

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Released on 30 October 2019

Read the latest report on off-grid solar sales and impact data. Every six months, GOGLA and The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program publish the Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report, a market intelligence series on sales and impact of off-grid solar lighting products, sold by GOGLA and Lighting Global affiliates. Since 2019, the report also includes sales numbers of off-grid appliances, in partnership with the Efficiency for Access Coalition.

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Released on 22 October 2019

Since 2014, Power Africa is making a difference across all sectors, from health and education, to gender and agriculture. As of July 31, 2019, 56 of Power Africa’s 124 financially closed projects are up and running and turning more Lights On by producing 3,486 MW of new electricity that transforms businesses, economies, and livelihoods. More than 68 million people in sub-Saharan Africa now have first-time access to electricity thanks to the 14.8 million new home and business connections facilitated by Power Africa support.

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Mini Grids for half a billion people

Approximately 1.2 billion people will need to gain access to electricity to achieve universal access by 2030. The only way to achieve this is through a combination of the main grid extension, mini grids, and off-grid solar.

This report shows that about half a billion people can be cost-effectively provided with electricity through mini grids. The combination of falling costs, dramatic increase in the quality of service, and favorable enabling environments have made modern mini grids a scalable option to complement grid extension and solar home systems.

The report is the most comprehensive study on mini grids to date.

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Released on 13 May 2019

The report is covering ten key markets on the African continent as well as trends, opportunities and business models. It is also claiming that the continent’s PV market could expand from about 5 GW at present to up to 30 GW by the end of the next decade.

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Released on 1 February 2019

The report shows that there is considerable cost reduction potential that comes from a variety of different factors. The following graph gives an overview of the main factors that contribute to optimizing costs for hybrid power plants and that enable IPPs to offer the best price PPAs to mining companies.

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Released on 24 January 2019

This research has been commissioned by responsAbility to assess the potential and target markets for C&I solar in Sub-Saharan Africa. BloombergNEF undertook a desk-based regional study to identify three high priority markets (Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana) that were later studied in more detail. There, BNEF conducted interviews with 36 stakeholders in those markets.

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Released on 1 November 2018

In this study the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) in cooperation with eclareon GmbH, the GOPA-International Energy Consultants GmbH (GOPA Intec), and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria), analyse and describe the process of investment and project development of PV power plants in Nigeria. This includes the description of the legal and administrative framework and of import, trade and investment conditions, as well as the presentation of selected business cases.

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Released on 15 October 2018

The aim of this document is to zoom in on individual solar projects and cases, highlighting the involvement of the different types of actors in the creation of resounding impact on local communities and individuals. To go beyond the numbers and – through the stories and experiences of lesser-heard voices – showcase the significance of solar energy development. To do that, we have selected a small number of cases across the three segments to paint a human picture of the evolving solar energy markets of Africa.

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Released on 26 April 2018

This GOGLA and The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global report includes sales and impact data from 67 off-grid solar companies covering the period of July to December 2017.

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Released on 28 January 2018

In 2017, the global off-grid solar (OGS) sector is providing improved electricity access to an estimated 73 million households, or over 360 million people, thus transforming lives that were previously reliant on kerosene and solid fuels for most of their lighting needs.
This market has evolved and expanded substantially since 2010, when IFC released its first off-grid lighting report.
At that stage this was a market marked by low awareness, a single category of lighting-oriented products, and a limited geographical presence (mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and India).

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Released in October 2017

Since 2014, Power Africa has supported 117 transactions that have reached financial close. Those 117 transactions will generate over 9,500 megawatts (MW) of new, more reliable electricity. More than 57 million people in sub-Saharan Africa now have access to electricity that did not prior to 2014, thanks to the 12.5 million new home and business connections facilitated by Power Africa support.

The Power Africa 2018 Annual Report also looks to the future, and explains how Power Africa will continue to add generation capacity and connections, but will further look to enhance transmission and distribution resources, improving government capacities to manage their power sectors, and leveling the playing field for competitive investment.

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Released on 4 August 2017

Africa is quickly becoming one of the most significant regions in the global expansion of the solar PV industry. The high levels of solar irradiation, extreme (and growing) energy demand, an increasing amount of renewable energy related commitments by governments in the region, and the lack of reliable energy infrastructure are just some of the factors that are sparking growing interest from local businesses and international stakeholders alike.

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the key facts and figures related to some of the most prominently developing solar markets on the continent, serving as well as a prelude to the Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa conference Solarplaza will be organizing together with GOGLA, on 25 and 26 October 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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Released in September 2016

Africa has abundant renewable energy resources. Traditionally reliant on hydropower, the continent is turning to solar photovoltaics (PV) to bolster energy security and support rapid economic growth in a sustainable manner. With recent substantial cost reductions, solar PV offers a rapid, cost-effective way to provide utility-scale electricity for the grid and modern energy services to the approximately 600 million Africans who lack electricity access.

According to this report, installed costs for power generated by utility-scale solar PV projects in Africa have decreased as much as 61 per cent since 2012 to as low as USD 1.30 per watt in Africa, compared to the global average of USD 1.80 per watt. The report shows that mini-grids utilising solar PV and off-grid solar home systems also provide higher quality energy services at the same or lower costs than the alternatives. Stand-alone solar PV mini-grids have installed costs in Africa as low as USD 1.90 per watt for systems larger than 200 kilowatt. Solar home systems provide the annual electricity needs of off-grid households for as little as USD 56 per year, less than the average price for poor quality energy services.

IRENA estimates that with the right enabling policies, Africa could be home to more than 70 gigawatts of solar PV capacity by 2030. The report discusses challenges in policy making and proposes a co-ordinated effort to collect data on the installed costs of solar PV in Africa, across all market segments. Such information will improve the efficiency of policy support and accelerate deployment.

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