Winners of the Africa Solar Industry Association Solar Awards 2020 revealed

Solar picture of the yearThe Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA), in partnership with the Africa Energy Forum (AEF),  unveiled the 15 winners of the inaugural Solar Awards 2020 at an online ceremony 

The ceremony was part of the Digital Africa Energy Festival, the largest ever digital energy platform for the African continent, hosted by AEF, the Oil & Gas Council, African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa. 

More than 130 entries from all over the continent were submitted for the different categories over the past few months. The jury, composed of leading experts in solar energy in Africa, carefully evaluated each entry to identify the most deserving companies and individuals to be awarded the prizes which were handed out at the ceremony on the 29 October.

Among the 15 categories in competition this year, the most disputed titles included the 'C&I Project of the Year' and 'Mini-Grid Project of the Year', which is reflective of the increased activity of both of these segments within the African solar industry. 'Woman in Solar of the Year' was also particularly popular among participants, highlighting the very positive trend of the growing involvement of women in the solar industry across the continent.

John van Zuylen, founder of AFSIA, said, "The event was organised as a great show celebrating exceptional achievement in the solar industry and hosted several African personalities such as Ndumiso Lindi, the host of the awards, and the African band and dance troupe ‘Les Merveilles de Guinee’ who gave a thrilling performance. Several leaders of the global industry such as Huawei, Trina Solar and Jinko Solar also provided their support to make this a truly exceptional event."

 The recipients of the awards are listed below alongside their winning achievements.




Utility Scale Project of the Year

Sterling & Wilson Solar

For the multi-projects 322 MW contribution to Egypt’s 1.6 GW Benban Solar Complex

Commercial & Industrial Solar Project of the Year

CrossBoundary Energy

For the Jabi Lake Mall project in Abuja, Nigeria

Mini-Grid Project of the Year

Africa GreenTec

For their productive-use based mini-grid projects in Mali, Niger and Senegal which are often subject to high security risks

Solar Home System Company of the Year


For achieving the target of reaching 100 million people with solar energy

Residential Project of the Year

Munyax Eco

For exceptional achievement in the field of Solar Water heaters having installed more than 1,000 units across Rwanda saving 8,000 tons of CO2 per year

African Solar Company of the Year

ANKA Madagascar

For securing 5 MW worth of mini-grids across Madagascar and for the company’s innovative AgriGrid model

African Solar SME of the Year



Solar Box Gabon

For reaching 80,000 Kenyans with Solar Home System solutions while achieving cash-flow break-even and profitability

For developing the “Solar Cube” which doubles the production of traditional solar panels

Financial Advisor of the Year

Synergy Consulting Infrastructure and Financial Advisory Services

For their advisory services to cutting-edge large-scale projects across the continent such as the 2x50 MW tender in Botswana, the 32MW Djermaya project in Chad and the world’s first PV-CSP hybrid 200MW project in Egypt

Legal Advisor of the Year

Eversheds Sutherland

For their contribution to the Open Solar Contracts with IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, and the Terrawatt Initiative, providing open source standardised contracts to governments across the globe

Technical Advisor of the Year


For technical advisory to the Fekola Gold mine hybrid project in Mali, a first of its kind off-grid hybrid project composed of 36 MW of solar, 15.4 MWh of storage, saving 13 million litres of heavy fuel oil annually

DFI of the Year

African Development Bank (AfDB)

For establishing SEFA, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa which has contributed among others the first of its kind inventory finance facility for solar irrigation products in East Africa

Woman in Solar of the Year

Olaedo Osoka

CEO of Daystar Power Ghana, for leading the expansion of the company from Nigeria to Ghana, Togo and Senegal and realising C&I projects of 8MW in this two-year period.

Solar Innovation for the Year


For their work on the RevivED Water Innovation project, a solar-powered desalination and purification systems for brackish water based on electrodialysis technology, providing up to 2000l of clean drinking per day

Solar Picture of the Year

Alexandre Skander Allegue - Pawame

For a beautiful picture highlighting the impact of lighting in the most remote areas

Solar Video of the Year

Joanna Gentili – African mini-grids

For a super inspiring and motivating video about electrifying a village in Malawi



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