Industry Leaders and Policymakers Convene For African Solar Energy Forum 2019 Conference

The first edition of the African Solar Energy Forum, hosted by MJDVent International Limited, held at the Golden Tulip Airport hotel, Accra, Ghana on October 16 – 17, 2019.
The African Solar Energy Forum conference is an annual event where business leaders and policymakers discuss possible strategies that could spur growth in the continent’s solar industry.

Themed Africa: Investment Destination for Harvesting and Utilising Renewable Energy, this year’s conference was an avenue for all stakeholders to discuss and share how solar energy, an under-utilised energy source on the continent can be utilised to meet the rapidly growing energy demand, lower the emission of greenhouse gases, and generate returns on investments.
The lofty aim was to facilitate interaction between industry regulators and players to identify opportunities within the industry in order to collectively move Africa towards low-carbon businesses. It was also a platform for connecting with development organisations and learn crucial success factors.

Chief Technical Officer of Viridian Solar, Dr K.T. Tan, who was the chairman of the conference delivered a case study session on “technology-agnostic approach and solutions on optimisation of solar assets” at the event.

He spoke extensively about the emerging PV technologies, the benefits of these technologies and the present risk and opportunity to the optimisation of these solar assets.
He also touched on the latest developments in PV module cleaning and coating. And also how to adequately examine performance monitoring of solar systems by using the latest drone technologies.

Highlighting the potential for growth in Africa solar industry, Dr Tan said, “this conference was able to get all the major players in the solar industry. Put them together in one room which I think is quite important for the African market. For a market that is in its infancy we need to get all the major to talk about what the problems or difficulties are in order to overcome. So we can increase the employment opportunities”.

The conference later broke into a panel discussion sessions where participants interacted with panelists on comprehensive energy policies for the development and the deployment of solar systems in Africa.

Speaking after the event, Founder/CEO of Wavetra Energy, Peter Ojike said the conference was engaging and provided a platform that allows all participants share their opinions and suggest ways of improving subsequent event.

The conference didn’t culminate without a networking session where speakers and delegates engaged in further interaction over coffee and lunch breaks.

If you didn’t attend you definitely missed out on a lot.
However, not to worry the African Solar Energy Forum is coming back next year, 2020. Make sure you attend!

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Ingeteam reaches 1GW in the first year of its Indian wind facility

Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion and turbine control equipment, has reached 1GW of production output within the first year of operations at its production facility in India. The company, which recently expanded this new facility, continues to implement its growth plans in the Indian wind energy sector.

Ingeteam established its new cutting-edge Indian facility in autumn last year in the vicinity of Chennai to satisfy the demand for wind power converters and control cabinets from both local and international OEMs. In response to positive trends in both the domestic and global markets, the 3,500 m² production facility has recently been expanded by 40% to reach 4,900 m². Similarly, Ingeteam has tripled the staff headcount to reach 82 employees, and introduced three additional products to its local production range in the past year.

"Agility is at the core of Ingeteam's production strategy. Our Chennai wind facility has been built on a modular design, which allows us to rapidly ramp production up or down according to ever-changing market conditions. This flexibility plays a big role in ensuring that our production centre remains both highly efficient and cost-effective", commented Josep García, Plant Director of Ingeteam Chennai.

In 2018, Ingeteam's technology was deployed on 15% of the newly added wind capacity in India and will reach 1GW of production output by this month.

"I am very proud of my team, and grateful to our key suppliers for their professionalism. Reaching a production output of 1GW within the very first year is no small feat. Year after year, we confirm our leadership role in this promising market", concluded Josep García.

Ingeteam is the world number one independent converter supplier for wind applications, with more than 45GW installed capacity to date. The company, which has a strong focus on emerging markets, entered the Indian solar PV sector in 2013, with a central office in Delhi. In 2016, Ingeteam experienced significant activity in the wind energy industry. Just two years later, Ingeteam was one of the first global industrial groups to massively invest in the then burgeoning Indian wind energy sector with its new factory in Chennai. This early commitment paid off, as the company has since managed to establish itself as the leading supplier of wind power converters in the country.

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New amounts allocated in Kharkov (Ukraine) for the isolation of buildings

At a session of the Harcov Regional Council, it was decided to allocate 8 million UAH (aprox 289000 euro) for financing regional programs of cheap loans for households and condominiums. In particular, 6.7 million UAH.(aprox 242000 euro) provided for a compensation of 15% per year for individuals.

The high sum of 1.3 million UAH.(aprox 43300 euro) was allocated for the repayment of 20% of the credit involved in the condominiums for the isolation of a tall building.

Interestingly, the ACMHs in Kharkov have the unique opportunity to receive a triple reimbursement for the costs of typically energy-efficient measures:

20% of the loan amount is from the city budget,
20% - from the region,
from 40 to 70% - from the state.

Overall, the Kharkov region ranks second in terms of financing regional programs. Lviv region remains the leader, where local authorities have allocated 18 million UAH for similar programs in the region this year.

Mihai Vintila

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