A great success for the whole Africa GreenTec Team! The jury of the AFSIA Award honors Africa GreenTec as the best “Mini-Grid Project of the Year”. 

The AFSIA Solar Awards is an international award that is part of the Digital Africa Energy Festival and is presented by the African Solar Industry Association (AFSIA). It is the industry’s leading awards ceremony, recognizing exceptional talent and success in the African solar market. Due to the Corona Pandemic, the ceremonywas held virtually on the 29th of October  2020.

More than 130 submissions for this year’s AFSIA Awards

Among the 15 categories this year, the “Commercial and Industrial Solar Project of the Year” and the “Mini-Grid Project of the Year” were among the most fiercely contested awards. This reflects the increasing activity of both segments within the African solar industry.

Growing importance of the Mini-Grid sector – Africa GreenTec as a pioneer

Therefore,as a team, we are thrilled that our minirid technology approach was able to convince the jury. Via our modern power grid and smart meters, we can intelligently distribute, control, monitor and bill the electricity generated throughout the village, which makes the entire electricity distribution process easier. Unlike other mini-grid providers, Africa GreenTec strives for a sustainable and self-sustaining business model.

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Our technicians in Mali in action
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We rely on teamwork and cooperation at eye level

Smart meters and mini-grids in particular are playing a growing role in the solar industry. We are pioneers in this field and are continuously developing our technologies. This is also emphasized by Torsten Schreiber, founder and CEO of Africa GreenTec:

"We are pioneers in many technical areas and provide solutions that have not been available locally before. For example, pure solar storage solutions that do not require hybrid diesel technology. Or the local implementation of smart homes, intelligent electricity meters and flexible tariffs for the needs of the local people. We have more than 6 years of field experience in these areas and have continuously developed our technology".

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Torsten Schreiber - founder and CEO of Africa GreenTec

Renowned personalities from the solar industry in the AFSIA jury

The jury of this year’s AFSIA Solar Awards was composed of important decision makers and personalities of the solar sector in Africa. Among others were represented: 

  • Lamya Abdel Hady, private sector project manager of the Egyptian State Electricity Transmission Corporation (EETC), 
  • Bah F.M. Saho, Acting Executive Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Ecowas (ECREEE) in Cape Verde 
  • Jasandra Nyker, Managing Director of Denham Capital in South Africa,
  • Linda Munyengeterwa, Regional Director (Africa and Middle East) for the Infrastructure Industry of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the branch of the World Bank responsible for private sector financing.

Growing role of women in the solar sector

The “Solar Woman of the Year” category was also very popular among the participants.  The only 27-year-old entrepreneur Olaedo Osoka (Managing Director of Daystar Power Ghana) was awarded for the expansion of her company into several West African countries, such as Ghana, Senegal and Togo. In only two years Daystar Power has installed new solar systems with a capacity of 8 MW for commercial and industrial customers. 

"This underscores the very positive trend of increasing female participation in the solar industry across the continent."

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Africa GreenTec also attaches great importance to the empowerment of women. In the villages where we are active, we often see that women are smart entrepreneurs. We promote their innovative spirit and creativity through our sustainable energy solutions. You can find out how we do this concretely in the impact story by Awa Koné, for example. She is a restaurant owner in Djoliba (Mali) and has managed to build up a business through efficient energy use that enriches the whole village economically and is a role model for many women in the community.

We would like to thank the jury of the AFSIA-Award for the award. This is a great confirmation of our work and motivates us to continue on our way.


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The whole Africa GreenTec Team in Hainburg celebrated winning the AFSIA Solar Award

Here you can find the complete list of all winners of this year’s AFSIA Awards 2020:

  • Mini-Grid Project of the Year – Winner: Africa GreenTec for its productively used mini-grid projects in Mali, Niger and Senegal, which are often exposed to high security risks
  • Project of the Year on a utility scale – Winner: Sterling & Wilson Solar, for the 322 MW multi-projects for the Egyptian 1.6 GW Benban solar complex
  • Commercial and Industrial Solar Project of the Year – Winner: CrossBoundary Energy, for the Jabi Lake Mall project in Abuja, Nigeria
  • Solar Home System Company of the Year – Winner: d.light, for the goal of reaching 100 million people with solar energy
  • Housing Project of the Year – Winner: Munyax Eco, for outstanding achievements in the field of solar water heaters, which have installed more than 1,000 units in Rwanda, saving 8,000 tons of CO2 per year
  • African Solar Company des Year – Winner: ANKA Madagaskar, for securing 5 MW in the form of mini-grids in Madagascar and for the company’s innovative AgriGrid model
  • African Solar SME of the Year – Winner: Pawame and Solar Box Gabon, for reaching 80,000 Kenyans with solar home system solutions while achieving cash flow break-even and profitability, and for developing the “Solar Cube”, which doubles the production of traditional solar energy
  • Financial Advisor of the Year – Winner: Synergy Consulting Infrastructure and Financial Advisory Services, for their advice on major state-of-the-art projects across the continent, including the 2 x 50 MW tender in Botswana, the 32 MW Djermaya project in Chad and the world’s first PV-CSP Hybrid 200 MW project in Egypt
  • Legal Advisor of the Year – Winner: Eversheds Sutherland, for their contribution to Open Solar contracts with IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency and the Terrawatt Initiative, which provides standard open source contracts to governments around the world
  • Technical Advisor of the Year – Winner: Suntrace, for providing technical advice to the Fekola Gold Mine Hybrid Project in Mali, the first off-grid hybrid project of its kind, consisting of 36 MW of solar power, 15.4 MWh of storage and saving 13 million liters of heavy oil annually
  • DFI of the Year – Winner: African Development Bank (AfDB), for founding SEFA, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, which, among other things, provided the first financing of this type of stockpile for solar irrigation products in East Africa
  • Solar Innovation for the Year – Winner: Phaesun, for her work on the RevivED Water Innovation project, a solar-powered desalination and purification system for brackish water based on electrodialysis technology that delivers up to 2000 l of clean drinking water per day
  • Solar Image of the Year – Winner: Alexandre Skander Allegue – Pawame, for a beautiful image that highlights the effects of lighting in the most remote areas
  • Solar Video of the Year – Winner: Joanna Gentili – Afrikanische Mini-Grids for a super inspiring and motivating video about the electrification of a village in Malawi

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