Survey: Commercial and Industrial Applications for Renewables and Energy Storage in Africa

Commercial and industrial off-takers might become a main driver for the energy transition in Africa. THEnergy is at the moment conducting a survey in this attractive market segment to provide detailed insights.

Around the world, more and more commercial and industrial off-takers integrate renewable energy solutions for powering their sites. Different business models can be observed: onsite renewable energy generation or supply through the grid. Companies often have the choice of investing their own capital or buying the electricity from an independent power producer. In hybrid projects, renewables will reduce the consumption of diesel or heavy fuel oil. We see renewable energy projects in numerous sectors such as mining, cement, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), food and beverages, telecommunications / telecom, agribusiness / agriculture, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubber, wood processing, textile and garments, refineries, banking (such as ATMs), petrol service stations / filling stations, data centers, real estate, shopping centers, and hospitality such as hotels, island resorts, restaurants, or safari lodges.

In Africa, the potential for renewables in the commercial and industrial segment is huge. Some of the flagship renewable energy projects in Africa rely on commercial or industrial off-take:

  • Iamgold (Burkina Faso)
  • Nevsun (Eritrea)
  • B2Gold (Namibia)
  • Ohorongo Cement (Namibia)
  • Namibia Breweries (Namibia)
  • London Distillers (Kenya)
  • Northern Noodles Ltd. (Nigeria)
  • Orange (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Ecobank ATMs (Ghana)
  • Garden City Mall (Kenya)
  • Mall of Africa (South Africa)
  • Unilever (Kenya)
  • Coca Cola (South Africa)

just to name a few.


The objective of the study is to enquire about the drivers of renewable energy adoption in the commercial and industrial segment in Africa. What are the bottlenecks? What could speeding up the development? What are regulatory requirements? We will also have a look beyond renewables and analyse energy storage solutions.


We are still looking for commercial and industrial offtakers to participate in the survey. As an incentive, we will share the results with those we select for the survey. You will even have the opportunity to ask questions in an exclusive conference call. Are you interested in which direction your industry is developing? Participating in our study is also an easy way of supporting renewable energy deployment in Africa! Contact us under to participate. The phone interview will only take 15-20 minutes.


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Comments: 3
  • #1

    Piet Hein Dankelman (Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:58)

    I hereby like to introduce our company Dutch & Co to you. We would be interested to get in touch to discuss various opportunities in West Africa.
    Dutch & Co. Ltd. is an experienced (over 25 years) Development and EPC Company based in Africa and Europe.
    It is with great pride that we have been adjudged the “Best Renewable Energy Company of the Year” at the 2018 Ghana Energy awards.

    From our offices in Ghana, The Netherlands and Switzerland, our mission is to:

    “Bridge the gap between supply and demand of electricity in Africa”.

    • We first reduce the demand by installing Energy Saving LED lights.
    • We then increase the supply of the electricity by developing and executing turn-key PV Solar Installations.

    With our in-house team of well trained and experienced technicians, we do not just take responsibility for Development, Engineering, Procurement and Construction but also execute the role as Operation & Maintenance partner.

    Please see this short video presentation of a project we recently executed for Cargill in Ghana:

    looking forward to hear from you.

  • #2

    Johan cilliers (Sunday, 21 April 2019 08:57)

  • #3

    Chiara Buzzico (Friday, 16 October 2020 09:49)

    Dear Mr. Cilliers,

    I am reaching out to you because I would be interested in the results of your survey on Commercial and Industrial Applications for Renewables and Energy Storage in Africa. I looked for some more information on the THEnergy website and I also subscribed to your newsletter but I could not find them.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Best regards,
    Chiara Buzzico

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