About the Solar Incubator

Phanes Group launched the Solar Incubator in 2017 in collaboration with Solarplaza and in partnership with Proparco, responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding, Hogan Lovells, and RINA Consulting.

Through the Incubator, we offer our support and technical know-how to help entrepreneurs overcome obstacles to realizing their projects. Our goal is to give aspiring solar PV developers in sub-Saharan Africa the tools they need to succeed, including access to commercial and technical knowledge, and eventually funding. CSR is a key element of the Incubator; to be considered, the project needs to show it will make a positive impact in its community.

Winning project(s) are given the opportunity to enter into a partnership with Phanes Group and take a project idea from concept - holding a long-term stake in the project - and collaboratively bringing it to financial close, starting with an incubator phase that includes an intensive workshop at the Phanes Group HQ in Dubai, UAE.

Applications closed on 6th September 2019. Please watch this space as we will be sharing the latest updates on this page soon. 

In the meantime, send an e-mail to incubator@phanesgroup.com if you would like to be added to our mailing list.




    Previous Years

    2017 Winner

    Marlon Dos Santos’s Kitaka Solar Project (50 MW) in Mozambique was awarded Phanes Group’s first Solar Incubator program. The winning project was announced during a live panel session at the "Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa 2017" conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

    2018 Winner

    Mbaye Hadj and his Gossas Solar Farm Project (30 MW) in Senegal won the second edition of Phanes Group’s Solar Incubator program. The final selection process took place at the Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa 2018 conference in Kigali, Rwanda in November 2018. Along with two other finalists, Mbaye presented his winning proposal to a panel of international industry experts from responsAbility, ECREEE, Hogan Lovells, Phanes Group, RINA, and African Development Bank. Mbaye has since visited the Phanes Group HQ in Dubai to workshop with the team and the project is making progress.