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Submission deadline has past, winners were announced in the conference.

Phanes Group and Solarplaza are pleased to announce an exciting new initiative for solar PV project development in sub-Saharan Africa: The Phanes Group Solar Incubator 2017, organized in partnership with Hogan Lovells, responsAbility and Proparco.

  • Get your PV project funded and drive it to financial close;

  • Connect with key industry players and receive mentorship from them;

  • Give back to the local community and make a difference.


We are looking for PV projects in sub-Saharan Africa that come with a solid Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) concept aimed at making a positive impact for the local community.

The owners of the shortlisted projects will be invited to a live presentation on October 26, 2017, during the “Unlocking Solar Capital Africa” conference to a high-profile evaluation panel hosted by Solarplaza and composed by Hogan Lovells, responsAbility, Proparco and Phanes Group.


The Benefits that can be gained from entering into the competition, and winning it:

  • Shortlisted candidates will receive a complimentary return flight, accommodation and entry ticket to the “Unlocking Solar Capital Africa” conference;
  • The winner(s) will enter a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Phanes Group to co-develop and execute the project, holding a long-term stake in its success;
  • The winner(s) will receive project funding and related instruments to reach financial close and deliver a bankable project;
  • The winner(s) will receive a complimentary invitation to visit Phanes Group’s headquarters in Dubai, UAE, to kick-off the 2-month incubator phase through a 4-day long intensive workshop with some of the best industry experts in their respective fields;
  • The CSR concept of the winner(s) will be refined during the incubator phase and rolled out with the project.
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  • Candidates should download and complete the application form available below.
  • Candidate should submit any supporting documents via WeTransfer as instructed in the application form.
  • The Submission deadline is October 1, 2017, at 11:59 pm CET (Central Europe Time)
  • For any questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document or contact us at