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To battle climate change, keep up with their pace of development and ensure food security, some countries, like Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe, have resorted to solar energy as a solution. A growing body of research, has demonstrated that no other energy source, from hydro to wind, can provide power and have an impact as sustainably, reliably, and efficiently as solar.

Solarplaza aims to shed light on Africas solar landscape

Solar event specialist Solarplaza has published “Africa Solar Impact Cases”, an extensive report focusing on a small number of impact cases across the three main areas of solar development in Africa: utility-scale, mini-grid/microgrid and off-grid. The report highlights that while challenges remain palpable, solar energy’s potential to positively impact lives for the long term is greater than ever.

The report details a number of success stories across the continent. For example, Mashaba, a small village in southern Zimbabwe, installed a 99 kW mini-grid to power two irrigation schemes, two business centres, one school and one clinic. Mpokiseng Moyo, a farmer and mother of three, has been able to harvest 15 tonnes of wheat with this new solar system, compared to barely one tonne before the mini-grid was installed.

“Before being connected to the solar grid, we irrigated our crops using diesel pumps and travelled as far as Gwanda (more than 100km away) to buy diesel for the pumps. The pumps broke down many times, affecting productivity. But with solar energy we are able to farm throughout the year without any hassles,” Moyo says in the report.

Solarplaza has also arranged the Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference, which will look at the challenges and solutions related to the development and financing of solar projects in Africa. The two-day conference is organized in partnership with the Global Off-grid and Lighting Association (GOGLA) and will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on the 7-8th of November 2018.

The event aims to bring together hundreds of solar stakeholders, such as representatives from solar developers, development banks, investment funds, EPCs, IPPs and others, and is wholly focused on unlocking capital for new solar project development in Africa. This year’s Unlocking Solar Capital Africa is Solarplaza’s 12th conference on the African continent.

To download the Africa Solar Impact Cases report, visit https://Africa.UnlockingSolarCapital.com/africa-solar-impact-cases-report/

To register for the Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference, visit https://Africa.UnlockingSolarCapital.com

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