AFSIA Founding Members have a very strong track record in the region and are proud to support AFISA initiative to enhance the solar business in the region.
These companies all represent a specific segment of the solar value chain and their status at AFSIA is for life.

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Bboxx
HEADQUARTER:
London, UK
COMPANY ACTIVITY:
C&I, LMD, Utility
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Bboxx is a next generation utility, transforming lives and unlocking potential through access to energy. Bboxx manufactures, distributes and finances decentralised solar powered systems in developing countries. It is scaling through forging strategic partnerships and its innovative technology Bboxx Pulse®, a comprehensive management platform using IoT technology. Through affordable, reliable, and clean utility provision, Bboxx is bringing people into the digital economy, creating new markets, and enabling economic development in off-grid communities and those living without a reliable grid connection. The company is positively impacting the lives of more than one million people with its products and services in over 35 markets, directly contributing to 11 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. So far, Bboxx has deployed more than 350,000 solar home systems. Bboxx has over 800 staff across nine offices including in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, and Togo, with its head office in the UK and its manufacturing operations in China. In 2019, Bboxx was the winner of the Zayed Sustainability Prize in the Energy category – testament to the way the company is making a meaningful difference to people’s lives around the world.
Eversheds-Sutherland
HEADQUARTER:
London, UK
COMPANY ACTIVITY:
Legal Advisor
A leading international law firm recognised by Acritas as a Global Elite Law Firm, we regularly advise on billion dollar deals and high profile cases on behalf of the world’s most powerful corporations and financial institutions. We are committed to promoting the conservation of natural resources, preventing environmental pollution and continuously improving our environmental performance. We have identified our significant aspects as energy and paper usage, travel, and waste production. We regard environmental regulations, laws and codes of practice as the minimum standard that we should aim for and actively work towards exceeding these benchmarks. We raise awareness of this policy through guidelines, internal communications and staff training and will ensure it is regularly reviewed and updated where necessary.
AIIM - Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers
HEADQUARTER:
Cape Town, South Africa
COMPANY ACTIVITY:
Financing - Investment
African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) is the largest and most experienced private equity investment manager focused exclusively on African infrastructure on the continent. AIIM is committed to Africa’s sustainable development through its infrastructure focus and currently manages USD2.1 billion across 7 funds in assets across the power, renewable energy, telecommunications and transport sectors in East, West and Southern Africa. AIIM has a track record of 19 years of operations.
Akuo Energy
HEADQUARTER:
Paris, France
COMPANY ACTIVITY:
Project Development
Akuo Energy is a leading French green IPP. It develops and operates power plants that go beyond simply producing renewable power and create additional social benefits for the inhabitants of the areas in which they live. As a pure player in renewable energy, Akuo Energy has diversified both in terms of technologies (wind, solar, biomass cogeneration, hydro) and geographies – at the end of 2017 Akuo Energy had fourteen branches and implantations in the world – following an approach that is both opportunistic and focused on niche markets. Independently owned, Akuo Energy has also sought operational independence by bringing in-house all the required expertise in development, contracts, financial engineering, construction and operation of its projects. A developer and an operator of its own assets, Akuo Energy is giving shape to its long-term vision by retaining control of its assets.
Huawei
HEADQUARTER:
China
COMPANY ACTIVITY:
Equipment Manufacturer, Inverters
Huawei offers leading Smart PV solutions which harness more than 30 years of expertise in digital information technology. As the largest inverter supplier from 2015 to 2019 globally for 5 consecutive years, Huawei is committed to building efficient, smart O&M, safe, reliable and grid-supporting Smart PV plants, and helping customers maximize the return of investment over the plants' lifetime. In 2020, Huawei will further integrate AI technologies to boost LCOE and accelerate grid parity for all.
LONGi
HEADQUARTER:
Xi‘an, China
COMPANY ACTIVITY:
Equipment Manufacturer, Panels
Headquartered in Xi‘an China, LONGi Solar is a wholly owned subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd (SH.601012), the world’s largest manufacturer of mono-crystalline silicon PV products with the world-leading efficient mono-crystalline PV system, extraordinary R&D capability, global service network and resource integration capability. LONGi Solar is committed to becoming the world’s leading integrated service provider of solar power, which covers Large Scale / distributed solar power station, off-grid PV systems, intelligent micro-grid systems and other fields, providing customers with the best solution of the whole process of solar power supply, conversion, distribution, optimization and value-added services. LONGi Solar have been actively working abroad, and has initially formed “The Belt and Road” Region, Asia-Pacific Region, and EMEA Region since its establishment.
Trina Solar
HEADQUARTER:
Changzhou, China
COMPANY ACTIVITY:
Equipment Manufacturer, Panels
Founded in 1997, Trina Solar is the world leading PV module and smart energy total solution provider. Over 77GW were shipped worldwide, providing clean, affordable and reliable energy to homes, businesses, and power plants around the world. Trina Solar is proudly responsible for setting twenty world records for silicon cell efficiency and solar module power output since 2011. The company engages in PV products R&D, manufacture, and sales; PV projects development, EPC, O&M; smart micro-grid and multi-energy complementary systems development and sales, as well as energy cloud-platform operation. Trina Solar remains the only module manufacturer to be rated as fully bankable for four consecutive years by 100% of the experts participating in the Bloomberg NEF survey.
UL
HEADQUARTER:
United States
COMPANY ACTIVITY:
Technical Advisor
About UL: As the global safety science leader, we provide the expertise, insights and services necessary to achieve core business objectives. Our testing, inspection and certification, advisory and risk management services, decision-making tools, training and business intelligence offerings help our customers, based in more than 100 countries, solve their critical business challenges and prepare for future opportunities.. About UL  Renewables:  Access the renewable energy expertise you need across your entire project life cycle and supply chain, from due diligence to project development, certification, testing and inspection, asset management and reporting .Our comprehensive portfolio of renewables technical advisory services can help you plan, design, finance, build, invest, operate, maintain and manage wind, solar, storage, mini-grid, micro-grid and green hydrogen projects. Our certification, testing and inspection services verify the safety, reliability, performance and compliance of renewable energy technology and components. We help instill confidence in renewable energy by helping you mitigate risk and navigate complexities throughout the project life cycle and across the value chain.