The African Power & Energy Elites publication and the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards have aligned with a single nomination and selection process across a set of complementary categories.

Nomination deadline: 15 September 2021
Find the link to the nomination form at the end of this post

The selected Leadership and Project category nominations that feature in the Yearbook will automatically go forward for judging for the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards, which is part of the annual Enlit Africa (formerly African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa) event.

All nominations meeting the minimum requirements will be credited by ESI Africa during the Enlit Africa digital event on 26-28 October 2021. The highest-ranking nominations will automatically be featured in the Elites publication and be entered into the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards hosted in June 2022. Through ESI Africa, the Elites and award winners will be provided with year-long coverage in print and on our website.

2022 Nomination Categories

The below leadership and project categories are applicable to both the public and private sectors, extending across power generation, transmission and distribution, water, independent power producers and project developers. 


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. Our advisory board will judge the nominations based on the nominees’ innovative leadership approaches, strategies implemented, outlook and foresight to act on developments and overall improvement of employees, systems and communities within which they operate.

For this category, we are looking for those with a commitment to the power, energy and water value chains on a regional or country-specific level. These are the men and women who are delivering on setting benchmarks in their respective organisations using their influence, knowledge and networks. These are the leaders in industry verticals including, but not limited to, grid-tied and off-grid generation and T&D project design and development, engineering, technology and innovation, funding and legislation, mobility as a service, intelligent traffic management solutions, sustainable travel behaviour, micro-mobility management, public transport innovation and transport poverty reduction. 

There are 12 spots available; however, should the advisory board deem additional strong candidates worthy, these will be included in the listing.

Find the link to the nomination form at the end of this post

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.

The project can be part of an expansion programme, an infrastructure new build, or refurbishment of power plant assets. For new build projects, nominations will be accepted for those that have achieved financial close or where the sod-turning has recently taken place.

These are the generation projects hosted by utilities, IPPs, EPCs and funders that have or will shortly improve power generation efficiency, capacity and energy access by planning and implementing advanced and innovative technology and solutions into an existing or new build project. Factors for success include growth in generation capacity, reduced operational or deferred capital expenditures, carbon and other emissions reductions, life extension and plant upgrades.

Find the link to the nomination form below

Off-Grid & Micro Applications

Projects demonstrating the growth in the development of OFF-GRID & MICRO APPLICATIONS that have made a positive impact on 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.

Factors for success include the latest developments in design, implementation and operation and funding of off-grid, microgrids, islanded projects and that are with or without battery energy storage systems. In addition, systems for distributed generation or other DER solutions geared to increase grid stability or enhance energy security and supply will be considered along with electrification of vehicle fleets, vehicle to grid technology, and applications in the internet of things.

Find the link to the nomination form below

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.

These are the projects that are adding value through solutions, tools and applications to improve overall outputs in the field and in the control room. Whether hosted by a utility or service provider, the factors for success include innovation of the application, increased value for end-users, reducing the carbon footprint of utility assets, increasing access to power or water and advancing the 5Ds of the energy and power sector. This category is also open to innovators within the smart mobility sector who are providing ground-breaking solutions in the transport industry such as intelligent transport systems, sustainable alternatives, technology and digitalisation. 

Find the link to the nomination form below

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