Project Development for Solar Power Plants in Africa

About Us

Expertise for large solar power projects

AD Cleantech is a German based company specialized in developing, planning, financing and constructing of photovoltaic (PV) solar power plants in East and West Africa.

At AD Cleantech we accumulate our PV experts’ knowledge to manage your solar electricity project from the idea to operation. Our team members come with up to 20 years of experience in all important aspects around developing, financing and implementing large solar projects. A dense network of local partners, especially in Benin, Mali, Senegal and Tanzania, creates a bridge into the respective regions of Africa.

For our customers, including private investors, EPC companies, industrial electricity consumers, national utilities and governments, we provide the following services:

  • Strategy consulting to invest in renewable energies in emerging African markets;

  • Development of the optimal financial, legal, technical and tax structure to reduce the investment risks;

  • Project development expertise and execution;

  • Africa-specific technical planning and design;

  • Arrangement of financing or equity to fund the projects;

  • Coordination with the development finance institutions (World Bank, IFC etc.)

  • Optimal management of your project on the ground (e.g. construction and commissioning) and management of the transaction (e.g. signing, corporate and financial closing).


Liberating the power of solar technology in Africa

AD Cleantech is committed to the development of innovative and Africa-specific solar electricity projects, solving the distinct power needs of people, industries, utilities and governments in the countries of West and East Africa.

The region is blessed with tremendous solar resources. Thanks to smart electrical engineering, large scale solar power plants can now provide the most reliable source of power at the most competitive cost. AD Cleantech’s innovative solar power plant design allows not only for simple power generation but also for grid stabilization and higher grid efficiency in the sourrounding area. With grid stabilization facilities of today's large on-grid solar power plants now also operating at nightime, the costs per solar kWh are below any fossil alternative in most locations of East and West Africa. We can provide more kWh to the national grids in Africa 24/7 - day & night!

At AD Cleantech we understand ourselves as a real solution provider, first to cater African electricity user’s needs with solid German engineering and second to deliver private project investors a fair and secure return on their investment. We are convinced that solar can soon become the primary source of energy in Africa. With our expertise and know how, we aim to liberate Africa’s energetic potential and help to accelerate this game changing development for a cleaner, more sustainable and prosperous future of the African continent.

The time for Africa's energy revolution has come. Let us start our journey to the sun today and join forces with us.

Thomas Nusskern

Thomas Nusskern

Business economist by education, Thomas has more than 13 years of marketing and business development experience in the field of PV solar electricity and brings a broad knowledge of energy markets to the AD Cleantech team. He started his career with diverse marketing, business and strategy development positions at the stock listed solar company Phoenix Solar. Just before joining the AD Cleantech team, Thomas was responsable for developing the Africa business of REC, a Norwegian manufacturer of polysilicon, photovoltaic cells and modules. With a focus on large solar projects, he secured a project pipeline of 60 MWp in Sub-Saharan Africa and successfully prequalified REC for more than 700 MWp of solar project tender volume. Thomas holds a master degree in Business Administration (Dipl. Betriebswirt) from the University of Applied Sciences Munich in Germany and earned a French "maîtrise" degree in European Management & Marketing of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce IDRAC Lyon in France.

Manfred Bächler

Manfred is Managing Director of the German EPC company reniva GmbH and is also working as an independant consultant in the PV sector. His name is well-renowned in the European photovoltaic industry and he has an impressive track record of successfully delivered large scale PV power plants all across Europe. Until the end of 2010 Manfred has been Chief Technical Officer (CTO) on the board of directors of Phoenix Solar AG, a company listed on the TecDax at the Frankfurt stock exchange.
Stephan Dautel

Stephan Dautel

Stephan holds an M.Sc. in physics and on top of that an MBA in International Marketing. He has gained more than 14 years of global experience in the solar electricity sector throughout his career. He is the founder and principal director of futurasol, a German based EPC firm (Engineering Procurement and Construction) of large solar electricity (PV) plants. Thus far, he has successfully implemented projects in Europe, Northa America and Asia.
Stefan Lohmann

Stefan Lohmann

Stefan, M.A. in both, law and economics was working with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as lawyer and qualified tax adviser. Stefan is experienced in the financial, legal and tax structuring of international photovoltaic projects.

Le Lauzet - France

Solar power plant with an installed capacity of 1.54 MWp at an altidude of more than 1,000 meters above sea level in the French Alps (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)
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Antelope Lake - Emirate Abu Dhabi

Antelope Lake is an artificial oasis for the preservation of wildlife in the desert. The pumps and all desalination equipment is entirely run by solar electricity.

Senegal - 20 MWp (under development)

In cooperation with the Senegalese company SENERGY sarl AD Cleantech develops and realizes a 20 MWp grid-connected solar power project in Senegal.
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Moos - Germany

15.8 MWp grid-connected solar power plant project with strong support and financial participation of the residents of the neighboring municipality.
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La Solana - Spain

The plains of Southern Spain, near the town of La Solana, are an ideal place for large solar power plants such as this 6.5 MWp project.
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Mali - 30 MWp (under development)

Calculations on grid stability and strategic site selection have prepared the further development of this 30 MWp solar power plant project.
AD Cleantech GmbH
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