By Wallace Mawire
A new go-to association for the solar industry in Africa, the Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA) was officially launched in Kigali, Rwanda on 5 May according to John van Zuylen CEO of the association.
In a statement, Zuylen said that AFSIA is the reference association for solar professionals in Africa.
He also added that the Africa Solar Industry Association promotes solar power in the African region from large scale grid-connected projects to off-grid solar home systems, through hybrid systems including diesel and storage to solar water pumping, solar stoves or solar water heaters.
It is reported that the association is headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda and its regional coverage stretches from Egypt to South-Africa, from Cape Verde to Madagascar.
It has also been added that AFSIA organizes networking opportunities for solar professionals and end-users, and gives them access to the right information and the appropriate network to expand their business and strengthen the solar industry across the continent.
“Africa is paving the way to a bright solar future driven by a conviction. Solar energy is the best ally to accompany the continent’s growth,” said John van Zuylen, the Founder of AFSIA.
“AFSIA will take advantage of this momentum by promoting the use of solar power in Africa and strengthening the regional solar energy industry in all its diversity” he added.
It is also reported that the visionary solar association will provide its members with a platform to network with partners and customers, to share best practices through tailor-made workshops and to support each other as they work towards expanding the role of solar in Africa and raise the awareness about the vast potential for solar power in this region.