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EnergiyaGlobal Begins Full Construction on Burundi’s First
Private-Sector, Grid-Connected Solar Field

First African solar field of 2020 kicks off “Decade of Action” on UN’s SDGs

23 January, 2020 -- (BUJUMBURA) Frontier renewable energy developer EnergiyaGlobal, with operations in Africa and Jerusalem, will be bringing light to Burundi, one of the most energy-poor countries on the planet. Notice to proceed for the full construction works was given today for the 7.5 MW solar project, which will supply 15% of the country’s generation capacity and fill the power needs of around 87,000 people and businesses.

“Bringing clean energy to one of the world’s least developed countries fulfills EnergiyaGlobal’s mission to be a premier impact platform of choice for renewables in Africa. We accomplished this pioneering project together with supporters from across the entire development spectrum, including innovative financial products being deployed for the first time with this project. We believe this demonstrates how solar power can be implemented in other developing markets, while decreasing dependency on costly and polluting diesel generators.” says Michael Fichtenberg, VP of finance and business development for EnergiyaGloba.

EnergiyaGlobal, which inaugurated sub-Sahara Africa’s first utility-scale solar field in 2014 in Rwanda with a high-profile visit of U2’s Bono, kicks off in Burundi a 10-country African solar and wind pipeline for the decade. The Company is investing in very high-impact green energy projects, with a pipeline of 350 MW, and is currently pursuing a Series A institutional investment round to expand its reach. EnergiyaGlobal’s Burundi project, located 10 kilometers from Gitega city, is the largest private sector investment in Burundi’s energy sector in 30 years, and will be the first permanent power station built in that time.

“It takes a global village to bring utility-scale green energy to where it is needed most in Africa,” says Yosef Abramowitz, CEO of EnergiyaGlobal, and named by CNN as one of the world’s six leading ‘Green Pioneers’. “Following the lack-luster United Nations climate conference, we are demonstrating to the world that it is possible to create and scale a business model to achieve, especially in frontier markets, many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Greta Thunberg is rallying the world to stop burning fossil fuels; we are actively transitioning the energy economies of African countries to wind and solar.”

The project will provide 300 temporary jobs during construction, will support up to 50 permanent jobs during the 25-year operational phase.

Yosef Abramowitz added: “We are proud to kick-off the UN’s Decade of Action toward fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals with this landmark solar investment. We have operations in 10 African countries and look forward to expanding our partnerships so that we can bring power to the people of Africa and actively fight the climate crisis.”

His Excellency Honorable Côme Manirakiza Minister of Energy and Mines of Burundi at the initial groundbreaking
The women’s cooperative of the nearby village of Mubuga will benefit from productive uses of solar power as part of a social and economic development program. Dr. Hanna Klein (center), VP of Research and Project Development of EnergiyaGlobal, holds a PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in solar energy and is planning to switch the village flour mills from diesel to solar-powered electric motors.
As part of EnergiyaGlobal’s corporate social responsibility program for community development, solar lanterns were distributed to 100 families in the village of Mubuga located near the project’s site (Michael Fichtenberg, exec. VP business development and finance, center)
Patrick NZITUNGA, EnergiyaGlobal project director in Burundi, near Mubuga, the site of EnergiyaGlobal’s 7.5 MW solar field now under construction.
U2’s Bono at EnergiyaGlobal’s first solar field, in Rwanda, here with CEO Yosef Abramowitz.  “EnergiyaGlobal has created a crazy futurist solar field that’s basically blown my circuits with its possibilities. The world ought to put its weight behind risk-takers like EnergiyaGlobal and help them scale”, said Bono on his visit to EnergiyaGlobal’s sister field in Rwanda. Bono’s op-ed on solar fields in Africa can be found at

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Posted on January 30, 2020

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East Africa’s First Utility-Scale Solar Field Launched

Posted on February 9, 2015

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Jerusalem Solar Utility Energiya Global Capital joins USAID to go Beyond the Grid

Posted on June 5, 2014

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Energiya Global CEO Yosef Abramowitz Takes Home Bonei Tzion Prize for Significant Contribution to the State of Israel

Posted on May 21, 2014

Jerusalem, Israel, May 15, 2014 — In a ceremony at the Knesset, attended by Israeli dignitaries as well as friends and family of this year’s seven prize winners, Yosef Abramowitz, 50, accepted the Bonei Tzion prize in the category of … Continue reading

Rwanda field reaches financial close, begins construction

Posted on February 18, 2014

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