The Power Africa initiative has welcomed aboard the Israeli government to join their quest for expediting access to electricity to selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
This partnership will enable Israeli companies to further expand their existing traction in the African power sector.
Power Africa stated that Israeli companies are well known for their innovation and impact on the African power sector and strong collaboration with US government.
Their first collaboration headed by several American-Israelis, including Yosef Abramowitz and Chaim Motzen brought to the achievement of the 8.5MW solar array in Rwanda, developed by Power Africa with founding partner Energiya Global.
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“We believe in Africa, I believe in Africa, I believe in the partnership with Africa, and what better partnership can we have than having USAID, the US government, Israel, and the African countries working together to secure a better future,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Power Africa targeting 1,000MW
CEO Yosef Abramowitz noted: “Our work to accelerate energy sustainability and independence, as well as women’s empowerment and economic development, aligns well with Power Africa’s goal of increasing access to reliable and affordable energy.”
Abramowitz added: “[The] US government support through the US Trade & Development Agency was critical to our first project in East Africa, a solar field at Rwanda’s Agahozo Shalom Youth Village that increased Rwanda’s generation capacity by 6%.”
He expressed eagerness in working with both the US and Israeli governments to meet their commitment of generating 1,000MW through solar, wind, mini-hydro and mini-grids across ten African countries over the next five years.
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