SustainSolar’s 40 kWp was successfully commissioned as the country’s first interconnected mini-grid in Kiwumu (Uganda)

In 2020, a coalition of energy companies launched an integrated clean energy pilot to test new ways of accelerating energy access, stimulating customer demand and improving grid performance in Uganda. The coalition known as Utilities 2.0 and led by PowerforAll named the pilot program “Twaake” ( “Let’s light” in Luganda). The project was funded by…

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SustainSolar joins forces with Siemens to support South Africa’s Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London in the fight against Covid-19

Mid-February this year, SustainSolar expanded its footprint electrifying health services by adding yet another hospital project to its portfolio, this time in its home country of South Africa – a first for the company. SustainSolar delivers a solar PV and battery back-up solution to a joint initiative to build a modular treatment facility at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in…

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SustainSolar’s innovative asset leasing construction finance tools will help developers build scalable mini-grid portfolios.

Committed to the pursuit of universal energy access in Africa, SustainSolar has joined the competitive European Programme GET.invest, an energy finance “accelerator” now supporting development of our innovative asset leasing and construction finance tools for mini-grid developers. Inspired by similar asset-based financing models used in mature industries such as construction and mining, our new finance…

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A successful installation of SustainSolar’s first two units for mini-grid operator OnePower in Lesotho

Power Africa, a U.S Government-led initiative, awarded $2.6m worth of grants across 9 countries, to electrify 300 primary healthcare facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Containerised solar system supplier SustainSolar has won the contract to supply seven containerised solar mini-grids to provide electricity to several clinics in Lesotho. The installations were ordered by the mini-grid developer OnePower,…

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After a slow year for electrification, 2020 ends with a full workshop and promising pipeline for SustainSolar, greatly supported by innovative mini-grid asset leasing offering

The contraction of the global economy paired with far-reaching travel restrictions during most of 2020 did not only slow down many industrial sectors but also had a significant impact on the implementation of rural electrification projects in developing economies. After some slow-moving months, SustainSolar, a South African provider of off-grid solar power generation solutions, finishes…

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SustainSolar delivers 7 turnkey systems to OnePower as part of Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid initiative in Lesotho

Mid-September 2020, OnePower Lesotho (1PWR), a mini-grid developer working in Lesotho with the mission to bring electricity to underserved communities, was announced as one of the winners of Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid initiative to electrify primary healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa with off-grid solar PV solutions. SustainSolar, a Cape Town based manufacturer of containerised,…

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Sustain Extended solar system on its way to Uganda: one of the first milestone projects of the Utility 2.0 coalition

In mid-September 2020, another Sustain Extended turn-key solar solution left SustainSolar’s workshop in  Cape Town, South Africa to its mini-grid partner Equatorial Power in Uganda. Packed in a 40 foot container and equipped with  40 kW of solar PV capacity with SMA inverters and almost 90kWh of lithium-ion battery storage from Solar MD , the…

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Switch on for the First EASE Mini-grid by SustainSolar

Following Covid-19 related delays, July 2020 saw the successful commissioning and final testing of the first SustainCompact™ containerized solar generation unit as a mini-grid under the Rural EASE (Energy Access through Social Enterprise and Decentralization) project, funded by the Scottish Government in collaboration with University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and United Purpose, an international development…

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Clean energy provider SustainSolar and mini-grid developer Equatorial Power join forces for another solar mini-grid on Idjwi Island, DRC

Despite the challenges of covid-19 lockdown, SustainSolar, an Africa-focused solar photovoltaic (PV) off-grid system integrator and provider of turn-key solutions for rural electrification, recently started working on a containerized off-grid solar-battery power systems to be delivered to Idjwi Island on Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Equatorial Power, a Uganda-based mini-grid developer that…

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Green SMMEs growing economic opportunity in Cape Town

In May, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos, visited green SMMEs, observing all health and safety protocols, with GreenCape, one of the City’s Strategic Business Partners in the catalytic green economy sector. The purpose of these visits was to offer support to green SMMEs, making sure that the City…

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