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January 2022
New Solar Village of the Solar Energy Foundation in Uganda
Kinabi, in the east of the capital Kampala, is the newest solar village in Uganda. It was implemented by our partner organization Sendea and the local solar company Access to Solar. 100 households now have a basic supply of solar energy and a local solar craft provides maintenance and service. Link to Ugandan TV report (English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhDCraBsXt0

December 2021
Ethiopia: Sustainable Solar Energy for 240 Health Centers in Ethiopia
Solar Energy-Foundation Ethiopia and GREEN LAMP are working together to ensure the sustainability of installed solar suit cases for health centers in Ethiopia. Over 240 Solar Suit cases are installed in different parts of the country. The trained technicians of the Stiftung Solarenergie now ensure the permanent operation. Read more…

December 2021
Great demand for solar training for freelancers in Uganda
It is a unique offer that Sendea and DonBosco are making in Uganda for freelance solar technicians: A basic training in solar technology. Since the launch of the training program, demand from freelancers has been high. Now another course has been successfully completed. See the report (in English) from UBC Live.

Picture: Ton Koene | Alamy

October 2021
Completed: Solar milk cooling for a Maasai community in Kenya
Milk cooling using solar energy: a new pilot project that we will implement thanks to the support of Energiebauern GmbH. To improve their income, the Maasai community in Oloo Oishobor proposed to bypass the middlemen for the milk produced. For this purpose, the milk must first be collected and stored in a refrigeration plant before being transported to the market.

September 2021
Two more solar villages completed
Nsanvu and Ruhity are the two new solar villages of the Solar Energy Foundation in Uganda. Each of the approximately 500 inhabitants received a basic power supply with solar energy. The installation was carried out by local solar companies, which are also members of the Sendea cooperative initiated by us. They are also responsible for maintenance and service.

September 2021
Startup|Energy: Workshop for East African Startups in Kampala
As a conclusion of the multi-month Energy Camp East Africa, five local startups presented their new products and services for the decentralized energy sector. The business ideas were discussed and further developed with international energy and financial experts. At the final competition, two startups received the Startup|Energy Award. The camp was part of the foundation initiative
Startup|Energy
.
More information …

August 2021
Solar Energy Foundation Ethiopia to partner with UN DESA
The Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions is a partnership led by UN DESA and ITAIPU BINACIONAL to promote water and energy sustainability and other SDGs in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

July 2021
Solar Energy Foundation receives EU support
The “Global Energy Transformation – GET.invest” programme is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and co-financed by the EU.

May 2021
The five finalists of Energy Camp East Africa have been determined
A total of 46 East African startups with products for the decentralized renewable energy market applied for Startup|Energy’s Energy Camp East Africa.
From the applications, these five startups were selected to participate in Energy Camp.
More information …

April 2021
Two new solar villages in planning in Uganda
Thanks to the support of Glas Henrich GmbH, we can start preparing the implementation of two new solar villages. Solar villages is what we call our successful concept for village development: the basic solar supply for an entire village. A concept that has been realized in different variants since 2005.

March 2021
Sendea Uganda and DonBosco start training program
for solar freelancers in Uganda
In Uganda, many solar installations are carried out by freelancers, who often have little knowledge of solar technology. The new freelancer program of Sendea and DonBosco wants to change that. For this purpose, a two-week basic training course is offered within the framework of the Sendea Academy, especially for freelancers.
More (in English) …

March 2021
Solar Energy for Rural Hospital in Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Solar Energy Foundation, with the support of the Maji Development Coalition (MDC), has completed a very special project: The solar electrification of the Rural Primary Hospital in Maji with a 33.6 kWp solar array.
More in the newsletter …

March 2021
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.
More…

February 2021
New solar courses from
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.
More (in English)…

January 2021

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.
  • Procurement
    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.

More (in English)…

November 2020
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)…

October 2020
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.

September 2020
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.

September 2020
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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