African Power and Energy Industry Awards

Established in 2014, the African Power and Energy Industry Awards brings together Africa’s most renowned power and energy industry professionals in-person, who are also recognized in the African Power & Energy Elites publication.

The winners of the 2020 African Power and Energy Industry Awards were announced virtually on 25 August 2020 and recognised outstanding achievements of companies, projects and individuals that contribute to the improvement of the African energy sector. Working alongside the 2022 edition of the African Power & Energy Elites, we will be unveiling the 2022 winners at the upcoming Enlit Africa event in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Congratulations To Our Winners for 2020!

During the first-ever digital African Power and Energy Industry Awards, African leaders and projects were recognised for their contribution to the energy industry. Nigerian leaders and projects dominated and walked away with four of the five Enlit Africa Awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award 
Andrew Herscowitz, Chief Development Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

Power Industry Leader of the Year
Ifeoma Malo, Campaign Director, Clean Tech Hub, Power For All. Nigeria

Young Leader of the Year
Dr Sanusi Ohiare, Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund,  Rural Electrification Agency, Nigeria

Transmission and Distribution Project of the Year
Kano Electricity Distribution Company, Nigeria

Small-scale Power Project of the Year
Sosai Renewable Energies Company, Nigeria

2022 Award Categories

Leadership Profiles

The LEADERSHIP category is in celebration of the visionary industry influencers who, through their management, are at the forefront of projects underway in African countries.

Water Industry Leader of the Year

This award celebrates the accomplishments of an individual in a senior position from a utility, public or private company who has displayed passion and commitment to the water industry while also demonstrating leadership, vision and success.

Utility-Scale Generation

Nominations for this category are applicable to projects that fall within the scope of large-scale grid-tied projects of any technology. The UTILITY-SCALE GENERATION category recognises thermal projects, solar photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, wind energy or any alternative energy resource.

Off-Grid & Micro Applications

Projects demonstrating the growth in the development of OFFGRID & MICRO APPLICATIONS that have made a positive impact to communities by increasing energy access or electrification rates. These projects can be initiatives driven by government, private developers or public institutions where the impact includes the productive use of energy (PUE). These projects are located at C&I sites or in communities for use in homes, schools, healthcare facilities, agriculture and small businesses.

Smart Solutions

The SMART SOLUTIONS category is open to any technological advancements across the power, energy and water value chain which are directly linked to improving grid stability and modernising the utility sector, such as metering, data projects, substation design, the use of drones, e-mobility projects, transmission or distribution network upgrades, and off-grid or grid-tied battery storage.

The Start-Up Corner

The African energy, power and water sectors have attracted entrepreneurial talent. To celebrate their successes, THE START-UP CORNER category is open to any company that has at least one established project in the African market that provides energy or water access through a plant, system or tool. These include, but are not limited to, renewable energy, pay as you go solutions, innovative funding or technologies.

Partnership with the African Power & Energy Elites

The Awards in partnership with the annual African Power & Energy Elites publication have aligned through a single nomination and selection process across a set of complementary categories. These prestigious programmes, the Awards and Elites, have the same vision: to celebrate strong leadership and successful projects in the power and energy sector.

The two programmes aligned with their respective 2022 editions through a single nomination and selection process across a set of complementary categories. All projects/people who are featured in the Elites annual publication are automatically included in the Awards nominations.

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Position your brand as a champion of Africa’s innovation and excellence. As a category sponsor your brand will stand alongside the best in the industry commanding attention throughout the ceremony.

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Host Ministry

  • Mineral resources & energy

Host Utility

  • eskom-logo

Host City

  • City-of-Cape-Town

Platinum Sponsor

  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd
  • Gridspertise
  • SAP
  • Sulzer

Diamond Sponsor

  • General Electric

Silver Sponsor

  • Siemens
  • Megger

Registration Sponsor

  • SAP

Host Publication

  • ESI Africa

CEO Forum Partners

  • Conlog
  • Eaton
  • Oracle Utilities
  • Prime Alliance
  • Eskom GC

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners

  • IFC

Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation

Initiate Supporting Partners

  • Sarebi