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Ed’s note: What you need to know to submit your nominations for Elites 2022

When you think of power and energy in Africa and your position in this market, what comes to mind?

For me, ESI Africa’s market position is best described as a celebration of industry developments and as seen through our readers’ eyes – or, more accurately, their clicks, shares and messages.

And, over the past two months, one reverberating message has gotten louder: “When is the next yearbook going to launch?” This question is, of course, about the annual African Power & Energy Elites published by ESI Africa, giving projects and individuals a year’s worth of being in the limelight.

Well, the wait is over!

The 2022 edition of African Power & Energy Elites has opened for nominations but note that we are taking a bold step in line with market developments. The forthcoming Yearbook has selected four project categories, namely:

  1. Utility-scale generation
  2. Off-grid & micro applications
  3. Smart solutions
  4. The start-up corner

Notably, as in previous years, the publication recognises the distinguished individuals making a remarkable impact in power, energy and water through our category for Leadership.

The process includes an advisory board that will rate each submission based on set criteria with the highest scoring Leadership profiles and Project category nominations featuring in the Yearbook.

To ensure your nomination has the best chance of being scored highly, be sure to:

  • Motivate why you believe the project and/or person should be featured
  • State what the project and/or person has achieved in the past three years

The judging panel will base their scoring on your motivation, so please give as much information as possible.

Here is an easy checklist to follow:

  • Have you included the project size and where it is located
  • What makes it unique or special
  • What the electricity tariff is
  • Funding information
  • Who was involved, such as the EPC and offtaker
  • What the project delivers in terms of skills development & job creation
  • Date the project came online, and next phase to be commissioned
  • Any information that will be important to share with the advisory board

To support your motivation, provide links to the project’s homepage and where it has been featured, such as in news articles, in whitepapers as a case study or marketing material.

We are taking this a step further. Each featured leader and project will automatically be included in the nomination list for the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards, part of the annual Enlit Africa (formerly African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa) event.

With market changes inspiring these four categories for the 2022 Elites edition, you will find it easy to submit your nominations for the projects and people deserving of recognition. Join us in making this prestigious publication come alive through the projects and individuals delivering on our future success.

I invite you to submit your nominations but first, take care to have your written motivation ready to copy and paste into the form.

Let’s celebrate market achievements together!

Editor, ESI Africa 

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
Nicolette is the Editor of ESI Africa print journal, ESI-Africa.com and the annual African Power & Energy Elites. She is passionate about placing African countries on the international stage and is driven by the motto "The only way to predict the future is to create it". Join her in creating a sustainable future through articles and multimedia content.