Gigawatt Global Coöperatief U.A. is a multinational renewable energy company focused on the development and management of utility-scale solar fields in emerging markets.
Gigawatt Global has a rich pipeline of renewable energy projects, providing solar, wind and hydro electricity, mostly in Africa. We delivered the first utility-scale solar electricity interconnection under the White House Power Africa program (in Rwanda), and were honored by the US State Department as a finalist for the Secretary of State’s ACE awards in Corporate Excellence/Sustainability. We opened our first field in the US, in Georgia, in June of 2016.
Gigawatt Global’s founder was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 and 2021. More...
"A for-profit company with a non-profit's soul"
Our 8.5 MW field in the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village increased Rwanda’s electricity generation by 6%.
Our 7.5 MW field in Burundi has been in operation since April 2021 and provides over 10% of the country’s electricity.
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Our 22.5 MW solar field in Glynn County, Georgia has been operational since 2016.
135 MW of solar PV in Bauchi province in the North of the country is awaiting the final approval to start construction.
We are developing two grid-scale solar PV plants in Kenya. They are located in Narok and Kwale county.
As they transition to renewables, S. Sudan’s first solar installation will be our 10MW solar PV + storage project in the capital, Juba, in advanced stages of development.
We are developing Zambia’s first hybrid solar PV and Wind Farm in the center of the country adding 71 MW to their energy pool.
We are developing 15 MW solar PV in Niassa province in the North of Mozambique to get renewable energy to the newly developed grid.
We are developing a 20MW solar project in Montserrado county. This project is slated to be the first IPP in the greater Monrovia area.
We are developing 10 solar and wind projects, each 10 MW in size at 10 different university campuses across the country.
Roughly 86% of Burundians live in rural areas and a mere 1% of them have access to electricity. We have made feasibility studies for 14 villages across Burundi to electrify them. We also implemented a solar street lighting program in several cities in the country.
We have received our first licence for a grid-connected solar project in the PA. This 6 MW solar PV project is located in Ramadeen south of Hebron. More projects are awaiting approval.
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Burundi’s solar capacity to double, announces President Ndayishimiye at ribbon cutting for first solar field
7.5 MW field result of multinational effort already provides more than 10% of nation’s electric generation capacity; more to be developed Gitega/Mubuga, Burundi – 9 May 2023: President Ndayishimiye of Burundi today visited Gigawatt Global’s solar power plant in Mubuga, Burundi, near the capital Gitega, the nation’s first utility-scale solar field. The high-profile celebratory event[…]
7.5 MW utility-scale power plant increases East African country’s generation capacity by more than 10% on the eve of COP26 Gitega, Burundi – 25 October 2021: A multinational effort to bring solar power to Burundi has been realized with the commercial operation of the country’s first-ever solar field. The pioneering 7.5 MW solar PV plant[…]
From feasibility study to 25-year PPA in Burundi An international jury of experts selected Gigawatt Global as the 2020 EEP Africa Project of the Year for its 7.5 MW grid-connected solar PV plant in the Gitega province of Burundi. Gigawatt Global has secured a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Government of Burundi[…]
Gigawatt Global Begins Full Construction on Burundi’s First Private-Sector, Grid-Connected Solar Field
Gigawatt Global’s 7.5MW solar plant in Burundi to become first grid-connected project supported by REPP to begin full construction UK government-funded REPP set to continue support for country’s first private-sector grid-connected solar project with construction bridge loan London, 23 January 2020: Gigawatt Global’s 7.5MW solar plant in Burundi is to become the first grid-connected project[…]
Nairobi, Kenya: InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), has signed convertible loan agreements with frontier developer Gigawatt Global; committing a total of US$2.2m to the development of the Samburu Solar and Transmara Solar projects, respectively. Each with a capacity of 10 MWAC, the sister facilities will generate clean, reliable electricity in some of the[…]
By David Smith, Rwamagana, Rwanda: The Guardian East African plant is completed in less than a year – creating jobs and setting the country on the path to providing half its population with electricity by 2017 “Arise, shine for your light has come,” reads a sign at the entrance to the first major solar power[…]
BY: SAM POTHECARY PV Magazine 05. JULY 2016 Power purchase agreements for as much as 975 MW of solar PV have been signed between Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc. and a number of PV developers, one of which plans to develop a total of 1 GW of PV within the country. The agreements have been signed[…]
2016-07-20 11:10:07.503 GMT By Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg) — Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA, an Amsterdam-based renewable-energy developer, is working on South Sudan’s first solar project even as the country’s cease-fire teeters. The world’s youngest country, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, struck a peace deal in August after a two- year civil war. Sitting atop[…]
East Africa: Spate of New Investments in East Africa’s Solar Energy By Scola Kamau Every day, at her stall where she makes and sells French fries in Kawangware, a low-income estate west of Nairobi, Jane Mmbone charges her solar panel using the sun’s rays. The panel is connected to a battery which transmits energy to[…]
By David Smith Tuesday, Oct 6 2015 Mubuga, Burundi — As violence erupts in the capital, plans for the country’s first major solar plant bring hope to thousands whose lives will be transformed by electricity. When entrepreneurs and government ministers signed a deal for the first major solar power plant in Burundi, the future[…]