Sendea Member News

November 2017

  • Sendea welcomes a new Fellow in Uganda: Cares Ltd.! With founder and CEO Juliet Gibbs the Ugandan network of local solar entrepreneurs now consists of five energy access companies.     
  • SunTransfer Kenya for the first time successfully finished crowdfunding in UK for expanding it's PAYG business in Kenya. Investment partner is Lendahand UK.

October 2017

  • Sendea member Sostap (Uganda) with support of Anuel Energy starts installation of the solar village Kinoni - a project of Stiftung Solarenergie. 
  • Off-Grid pioneer Gathu Kirubi, CEO of SunTransfer Kenya, will be speaker at Solar & Off-Grid Renewables (5-6 Dec. 2017, Dar es Salaam). He is part of the panel "Off-Grid economics: What's the path to profitability for off-grid companies". 
  • Sendea Member SECCO introduced first pay-as-you-go solution in Somalia. An initial deposit is followed by monthly payments for twelve months.  
  • SunTap (Uganda) has partnered with Wananchi Group Limited, a provider of subscription satellite pay television services branded “Zuku Satellite TV”. This partnership will enable SunTap’s customers to access information and entertainment through ZUKU’s affordable packages.  
  • Impact of local solar companies who are members of Sendea by end of September 2017 (reporting: 11 companies in 7 countries):
    - 286 jobs created 
    - 450,713 people "sun-connected"
    - 928 schools solar electrified
    - 811 health stations solar electrified 
  • SunTransfer Kenya signed a contract with Zuku TV to include dishes and decoders into SunTransfer's solar TV-product. This will improve television reception significantly for SunTransfer customers. 
  • Sendea gets the first member from Somalia: SECCCO (Solar Energy Consultant & Construction Company). 
  • Access to Solar Technologies (Uganda) enters into a partnership with Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) who provides support by international volunteers/interns. 

September 2017

  • SunTap Uganda has partnered with Songai Regional Centre for East Africa (Uganda) in an effort to create awareness and promote use of solar energy in the Rwenzori region in Uganda. Songai works with over 50 farmer groups that constitute over 1,500 households. 
  • All In Trade Ltd. is realizing a to provide solar power for 36 Health Facilities in Western Uganda. The project of the UN Foundation is supported by DFID/UKAID. 
  • The Sendea Fellowship program has selected two new Ugandan entrepreneurs: Esther Katete (Founder and CEO SunTap Ltd.) and SsenkinduTapson (Founder and CEO Sostap Ltd.). As Fellow of Sendea both entrepreneurs now will realize a solar-village and receive further support for their work as solar entrepreneur. 
  • Welcome to our new Sendea member in Burkina Faso: CB Énergie
  • Anuel Energy (Uganda) has opened a new branch in Zirobwe. The solar center 50 km north of Kampala will serve rural customers with solar products and ensure reliable after-sales-service.      
  • Four local solar companies joined Sendea as new members: Serve and Smile Ltd. (Rwanda),  Banlieues Du Monde (Mauritania), All in Trade (Uganda) and Source & Solutions (Nepal).
  • SunTransfer Kenya starts a new long term partnership with manufacturer Omnivoltaic. In a first step SunTransfer orders SHS, TV, lanterns for fishermen and other appliances. The Omnivoltaic products will be sold with PAYG credits, managed through SunTransfer's own credit management software (SIMS). 
  • Anuel Energy (Uganda) starts general agreement with German Solar-Connect eG for supplier credits.     
  • The DOEN Foundation becomes partner of Sendea: with financial support of DOEN three local entrepreneurs in Uganda get access to the unique accelerator program of Sendea.

August 2017

  • Crowdfunder Lendahand approved a Euro 1 mio credit line for SunTransfer Kenya. With the loan SunTransfer is able to provide solar home systems and solar lanterns to rural households.
  • SunTransfer Kenya empowers Maasai women: Solar power and clean-burning stoves are saving lives and changing fortunes in the Maasai lands between Kenya and Tanzania. And the clean energy revolution is being led by women. read more