French power utility, EDF announced it will partner with U.S. startup, Off Grid Electric (OGE) to provide off-grid solar solutions to the African market. Under this new initiative, a newly created joint venture named Zegha will be responsible for installing and operating the solar kits in Ghana’s rural and urban areas with no connection with the power network, over a 5-year period.

It is all too easy to believe that successful women entrepreneurs in Africa have been fortunate from the beginning, when the truth is they have all overcome challenges. This post shares tips from three successful female entrepreneurs on some of the biggest mistakes to avoid when growing a business in Africa.

When the first PAYG distribution started in Subsaharn Africa in 2005 (Stiftung Solarenergie in Ethiopia) only few people have expected that the industry would have raised over $600 million in financing.

Additional to thistwo acquisitions in the PAYG solar sector in 2017 underscore the market’s evolution: Mobisol acquired PAYG software provider Lumeter, ENGIE took over.

In Australia microgrids can help households go off grid and benefit from reduced bills and p2p trading with their neighbours.

The agreement will foster development opportunities within the framework of both companies’ existing off-grid investments in sub-Saharan Africa. New solutions to bring electricity to the region will be evaluated, offering designs for off-grid projects and models to address power issues in the region.

Afric Power and Tieri are complementary companies offering a comprehensive service including system design, the assembly of electrical cabinets and automated control mechanisms, and the installation, maintenance and warranty coverage of equipment.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Morocco has around 128,000 homes powered by solar home systems. It also ranks among the top three countries in Africa for the adoption of this technology.

Food waste in Africa is a serious issue. Half of all the fruit and vegetables produced there are thrown away. Two low-tech innovations for storing fruit and vegetables could help save some of the food.

Neyrial says that by combining this new energy storage system with his rooftop solar array, his company will be able to run 100% independently from the grid 8 months out of the year.

African power grids are failing to provide the continent’s population with access to electricity. Innovative private companies are taking matters into their own hands.

Their vision? To leapfrog grid-based models and electrify the continent with micro-grids running on renewable energy.


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