Energiebau Solarstromsysteme GmbH, a Cologne, Germany-based developer of small-scale photo voltaic systems, explained the quantity of installations it’s carrying out in Africa is boosting by about 10 % a year.

“When we arrived right here in 1994, no person else was here,” Managing Director Michael Schaefer claimed. “Now there exists a current market establishing, a lot of rivals are coming.”

The falling price tag of solar panels is producing photo voltaic a more cost-effective source of power for Africans although the marketplace wants 5 more decades previous to a neighborhood PV panel manufacturing plant is warranted, he claimed in the telephone right now from Cologne.

In areas like Ghana and Kenya, solar power is now cheaper for each kilowatt-hour than a diesel generator, Schaefer explained. “There’s a giant marketplace for hybrid programs, that is a mixture of PV and diesel.”

About 5 % of your company’s business enterprise originates from Africa and it is developing, Schaefer reported. In 2006, Energiebau founded a subsidiary in Ghana and yet another in Mali to provide modest, off- grid devices to remote parts. It is going to open up a further unit in Kenya ahead of the stop from the year, he reported.Germany’s Schott Photo voltaic AG and SMA Photo voltaic Know-how AG (S92) are Energiebau’s key products suppliers. Decrease cost items are sourced from Korean panel-maker Photo voltaic Park, he said.

German along with other European providers have the strongest presence in Africa at current because Europe is the most seasoned in PV, Schaefer reported.
‘More Chinese’

“There are incredibly number of American and Japanese providers but now a lot more and much more Chinese,” he reported. “But these Chinese firms don’t have any practical experience in systems, in installations, layout and upkeep. They just develop panels.”

Energiebau has set up greater than one hundred units in African countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. Its biggest undertaking is actually a 515-kilowatt installation on the headquarters of your United Nations Atmosphere Plan in Kenya. It’s got bid to acquire a 2-megawatt on-grid project in Ghana, Schaefer mentioned.

“At the minute we have been concentrating on East Africa and West Africa, as well as the future phase could be South Africa,” Schaefer stated. Uncertainty in South Africa’s regulatory surroundings has dissuaded the business from opening a unit there, he said.