ENGIE Equatorial was the recipient of the ‘Mini-Grid Solar Project of the Year’ award at the Africa Solar Industry Awards 2021.
Held at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, in London, on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, the second edition of the annual prestigious awards saw 16 individuals and companies recognized for their tremendous contribution towards providing solar energy access in Africa.
ENGIE Equatorial won the hotly contested category of the ‘Mini-Grid Solar Project of the Year’ award for its 600kWp Lolwe Island mini-grid project in Uganda.
ENGIE Equatorial’s CEO Riccardo Ridolfi expressed his gratitude to the awards organizers and applauded his team and their partners for achieving this milestone.
“Equatorial Power’s integrated model goes beyond electrons to offer value addition services to communities, creating jobs and the basis for sustainable rural development,” he added.
Accepting the award on behalf of ENGIE Equatorial, its Chief Operating Officer, Maxime Marion gave a brief update of the progress of the project.
“We are very happy the construction went very well and we are still connecting the last few households and promoting productive use of energy for the Lolwe island population to amplify the impact of energy in the communities,” he said.
Organized by the Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA) in partnership with the Africa Energy Forum, the AFSIA Africa Solar Industry awards aim to recognize and celebrate companies and individuals that have contributed outstandingly to promoting and advancing the use of solar across Africa in its full diversity.
ENGIE Equatorial is a joint venture between Equatorial Power Ltd and ENGIE. Energy Access and is building a 600kWp Solar Plant with a fully integrated and remotely managed system, poised to be among the most advanced mini-grids in the world.
The Lolwe mini-grid serves the entire island (approximately 15,000 people) for a total of 3,800 connections, both households and businesses. The latter are supported by ENGIE Equatorial’s Business Incubation and asset financing program.
ENGIE Equatorial’s integrated system also features an electric mobility integration, with electric outboard engines for boats and e-motorcycles, as well as an Agro-processing Hub to deliver water purification, ice making and other agricultural value-addition services like fish drying.