Schneider Electric has signed a partnership with solar energy provider SolarX, aimed at integrating technology solutions into solar photovoltaic systems deployed for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in French-speaking African countries.

Schneider Electric is a French multinational that specialises in digital energy solutions. The company said it is investing is investing in solar energy for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Africa.

The Bamako, Mali-based company builds and operates solar power plants for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. “This partnership brings in-depth knowledge of smart, clean technologies that maximise microgrid results, deep geographic market knowledge, business and technology development, and market deployment and expansion in French-speaking Africa,” says President and CEO of SolarX, Mr. Karim Ghammache.

According to him, the solar energy company is leveraging Schneider Electric’s experience to forge new partnerships. The company has a presence in West Africa with two offices in Bamako and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

SolarX continues to expand with the support of the investment fund Energy Access Ventures (EAV) and Elements Sun & Wind, a renewable energy provider based in Beirut, Lebanon.

“As we expand into Niger and Senegal, broadening our current portfolio in Mali and Burkina Faso, this partnership not only allows us to take advantage of the opportunities offered by partner Schneider Electric in French-speaking Africa, but also to provide competitive offers to our customers,” said Mr. Ghammache.

It will be recalled that two years ago, when the Egyptian authorities engaged in a policy to diversify the country’s electricity mix by injecting green energy into the grid, the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) signed a contract with the Schneider Electric to transform the Egyptian electricity grid into a smart grid.

As part of its new contract, Schneider Electric will build four control centers that will monitor and optimise the power grid, as well as more than 12,000 smart grid main units that will be installed throughout the national grid. In the £4.6 billion ($287.5 million) contract, the company based in Rueil-Malmaison, France, will use its EcoStruxure Grid technology to “build a future-proof smart grid” that uses the power of digital technology to automate and enhance its operations.

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