Huawei FusionSolar Channel Partner Summit fosters cooperation to boost Africa’s solar industry

The event, which brought together more than 30 channel partners from across Sub-Saharan Africa, highlighted the importance of ecosystem building in meeting the region’s energy needs
Mr. Xia Hesheng, President of Huawei Digital Power Sub-Saharan Africa
Mr. Xia Hesheng, President of Huawei Digital Power Sub-Saharan Africa

Huawei Digital Power recently held the Huawei FusionSolar Channel Partner Summit 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event, which brought together more than 30 channel partners from across Sub-Saharan Africa, highlighted the importance of ecosystem building in meeting the region’s energy needs with renewables and Solar PV.

At present, just 48.4% people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity against a global average of 90.5%. As the region looks to increase that number to meet its development goals, renewable energy will play an increasingly important role. In fact, renewable energy is expected to contribute 22% of Africa’s total energy consumption by 2030.

In his official address opening the summit, Mr. Xia Hesheng, President of Huawei Digital Power Sub-Saharan Africa, highlighted Huawei's technological strength in PV, and its channel strategy.

“African countries have more than 40% of the world's solar energy resources, but only one percent of the installed solar capacity,” he said. “Huawei Digital Power integrates digital and power electronics technologies. In effect, we use bits to manage watts, by providing smart digital energy solutions that cover generation, transmission, distribution, usage, and storage.”

“Huawei is committed to building a strong ecosystem in Africa,” he added. “In doing so, we aim to secure the profitability of partners, simplifying policies and processes for easier cooperation, and provide our partners with strong support in areas including marketing and capacity building.”

Hein Engelbrecht, CEO of ICT supplier and valued Huawei partner Mustek, shared an outlook on how the two companies are charting a shared growth path.

Hein Engelbrecht, CEO of Mustek
Hein Engelbrecht, CEO of Mustek

“Mustek and Huawei’s partnership is built on trust and shared understanding,” he said. “We believe that these new ingredients will go a long way to ensure us being the choice for solar solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa within the next five years.”

Jason Knight, Head of Business Development of Kathea Energy, a Value Added Partner (VAP) of Huawei Digital Power in South Africa since 2018, shared the successful experiences the company has had with Huawei Digital Power.

Jason Knight, Head of Business Development of Kathea Energy
Jason Knight, Head of Business Development of Kathea Energy

“The partnership has gone from strength to strength,” he said. “We look forward to continually growing Huawei’s market share in South Africa, and further expanding into Sub-Saharan Africa, and are proud to be associated with Huawei, the global leader in solar solutions.”

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes. At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

About Huawei Digital Power

Huawei Digital Power covers business domains: Smart PV, Data Center Facility, Site Power Facility, DriveONE, and Integrated Smart Energy. It operates 12 R&D centers in regions including China, Europe, and Asia Pacific and possesses more than 1600 patents (by the end of 2021). With approximately 6000 employees, 60% of whom are focused on R&D, Huawei Digital Power serves one third of the world's population across more than 170 countries and regions. By the end of June 2022, Huawei Digital Power has already helped customers generate 588.5 billion kWh of green power, save 17 billion kWh of electricity, and reduce CO2 emissions by 290 million tons, which is equivalent to planting 390 million trees (estimated based on data published by the North Carolina State University website regarding the relationship between carbon emissions and tree quantities).

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