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Startup|Energy Accelerator Program for East Africa
The registration deadline for the Energy Camp East Africa in Kampala runs from 1 March to 15 April. It is part of the accelerator program Startup|Energy, which was initiated by the Solar Energy Foundation together with the University of Freiburg.
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The Sendea Academy The Sendea Academy, a division of Sendea Uganda, has been successfully offering training courses in solar technology since 2018. These courses aim to reduce the skills gap in the solar industry in Uganda. In 2021, the Sendea Academy will offer four more courses, the dates of which have now been fixed.
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The Sendea Academy has successfully completed two training courses for the solar industry:
- Solar technology
12 technicians were trained in solar technology in a course lasting several weeks: design of solar home systems, basics of solar water conveying and solar water heating, professional installation, maintenance and service.
For solar companies, procurement/purchasing and participation in tenders are important topics. Often a lot of time and money is lost because standards or processes are not professionally adhered to. In December, twelve employees from eight solar companies took part in a two-day training session at The Sendea Academy on the subject.
Solarfirst Uganda Ltd. and Sunny Money Uganda are the two new members of the Association of Sendea UG. The cooperative, initiated and supported by the Solar Energy Foundation, aims to strengthen local solar companies. More (in English)…
The establishment of a cooperative of local solar companies in Uganda (Sendea) is now financially supported by THE GIZ. The cooperation agreement between the Solar Energy Foundation and GIZ provides for support in the improvement of Sendea’s financial and organisational structures as well as in the establishment of the “Sendea Academy” as a training institution for solar energy.
Together with the University of Freiburg, the Solar Energy Foundation initiates the Startup| Energyto improve the exchange between start-ups in the field of decentralised renewable energy supply in Germany and East Africa. More information on the website: www.startup-energy.org.
In the past 12 months, we have been able to provide a total of 72 health stations in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with basic solar services.
- Uganda: 35 health stations
- Kenya: 7 health stations
- Ethiopia: 30 health stations
Fixed lamps were installed in the treatment rooms in all health stations and mobile lamps were handed over for outdoor use. In some stations, bright safety lamps from Signify for outdoor lighting could also be installed.
Health stations in Ethiopia and Kenya also received solar refrigerators for drug cooling and smaller medical equipment.
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