SolarAfrica Vitality and Starsight Vitality have introduced the profitable completion of their enterprise merger, permitting it to grow to be a pan-African clear power platform offering on- and off-site renewable power options to industrial and industrial clients.
The merger is backed by Helios Funding Companions (“Helios”) and African Infrastructure Funding Managers (“AIIM”), each of which have decades-long observe data of bringing funding to help African innovation.
With the merger,the group is well-positioned to serve a variety of shoppers with a complete mixture of cost-effective options, offering energy safety and carbon discount.
Prospects throughout Africa can entry absolutely serviced clear power options by way of the merged group. This consists of photo voltaic power, battery storage, wheeling and power administration that are all operated and maintained on behalf of the client.
The merged group’s mission is to make energy accessible and reasonably priced. The merger will unlock extra efficiencies throughout the group permitting it to take extra clients on a inexperienced power journey that solves their energy necessities and permits a sustainable future.
“The provision of renewable power in Sub-Saharan Africa is comparatively fragmented with a number of suppliers available in the market. This merger is a considerable step for us and can present a real pan-African platform to ship clear renewable power in key economies,” stated Paul van Zijl, Group CEO.
The merged group consists of an put in and contracted portfolio of 520 MW in solar energy technology, 60 MWh of battery storage and a further power pipeline exceeding 2 GW. The portfolio has led to a carbon offset of greater than 360 000 tonnes of CO2 so far.
“This merger will improve our present capabilities and permit us to deploy Vitality and Cooling as a Service on a a lot bigger scale. That is due to this fact a narrative of development. Not just for Starsight Vitality and SolarAfrica but additionally for the renewable power panorama in Africa,” Van Zijl added.
Along with key markets Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and South Africa, the group is engaged on imminent enlargement into Tanzania and Uganda. It brings a spread of renewable power options to the desk, with photo voltaic power, battery storage and cooling on the high of the checklist.
“We’re enthusiastic about making a significant contribution to energy provide on the continent by way of our on- and off-site options. This can assist take stress off nationwide grids which have been underneath important pressure in lots of the core African markets,” stated Charl Alheit, Group Chief Funding Officer.
Offering these options to extra companies also can go a great distance in creating distributed renewable power frameworks in every area.
The merged group will retain a robust presence inside the varied international locations to additional strengthen its footprint throughout Africa.
“We don’t imagine in a fly-in fly-out mannequin and could have ‘boots on the bottom’ in our geographies. Our nation groups encompass devoted in-country administration in addition to gross sales and technical groups who signify our ethos, while being supported by the broader group administration,” stated Van Zijl.
“It’s essential to have sturdy illustration in every geography with groups who know and perceive their markets and are enthusiastic about remodeling these markets into inexperienced power hubs. That’s one thing each SolarAfrica and Starsight Vitality have all the time had in widespread: we all know that the individuals in our enterprise have all the time been the rationale for our success, and this new chapter will likely be no completely different,” Alheit concluded.
Each Starsight Vitality and SolarAfrica are represented within the group government administration workforce, combining their experience and expertise. Paul van Zijl assumes the function of Group Chief Government Officer (previously Group Chief Monetary Officer of Starsight Vitality)Charl Alheit assumes the function of Group Chief Funding Officer (previously Chief Funding Officer for SolarAfrica)Max Rieg assumes the function of Group Business Director (previously Business Director of Starsight Vitality)
The group will even retain its regional administration constructions, with David McDonald (Southern Africa), Emmanuel Ayifa Baah (Ghana), Ladi Sanni (Nigeria) and Rupesh Hindocha (East Africa) main their respective areas.