News from our work
Loy Kyozaire Wins Climate Sector Leadership Award
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) award is given to a woman in a leadership role or in a sector where change is occurring in relation to green growth and climate change. The award is a tribute to Loy Kyozaire’s work in setting up the SENDEA cooperative we initiated to promote local solar businesses in Uganda.
Startup|Energy fellow Norah Magero wins 2022 Africa Prize from the Royal Academy of Engineering
Norah Magero, a participant in the Africa 2021 Energy Camp of our Startup|Energy initiative, wins the prize with the Vaccibox, a small, mobile, solar-powered refrigerator in which medicines such as vaccines can be safely stored and transported for use during immunizations in the field and in remote clinics. Magero is the first Kenyan to win the award in its eight-year history, and the second woman.
New training courses in Uganda
Sendea Academy in Uganda will conduct three trainings for solar technicians (5 weeks each) and four more courses for freelancers until the end of August. The latter last a total of 6 weeks, divided into three blocks of 2 weeks each. For the first time, refugees from neighboring Congo are now being trained in solar technology.
New member for the Ugandan solar cooperative SENDEA
SolarNation is the new member of SENDEA, the cooperative of local solar companies initiated by us. Founded by Stella Lunkuse in 2019, the solar company specializes in distributed solar. The company is now the seventh member of SENDEA.
Link to the membership page of SENDEA.
Energy Camp for African Startups in Nairobi
With the Startup|Energy initiative, we support African startups in the field of decentralized solar energy supply. For the 2nd Energy Camp, 78 startups from 16 African countries had applied. Five startups were selected to receive intensive coaching from local entrepreneurs over several weeks. At the final workshop in Nairobi (April 4-6), the business ideas were further developed.
Following the Energy Camp, we will continue to support the startups and carry out pilot projects with some of them. On May 24, the startups will introduce themselves in a webinar: Read more…
Kenyan health station in Enkoireroi with solar refrigerator
Kasale Salepo has been a nurse for a year at the Enkoireroi health station, about 70 kilometers southwest of the capital Nairobi. Since two weeks the station has a solar refrigerator, installed by the Solar Energy Foundation in Kenya. Kasale proudly shows us the vaccines that he can now store on site and with which he can reliably supply the population of the lonely Maasai region.
The Solar Energy Foundation has also installed solar light so that the treatment of the sick and pregnant women no longer has to be done in candlelight. Enkoireroi is one of more than 200 health stations worldwide that we have equipped with solar energy thanks to the support of donors.
In Kenya, another five health stations will receive a solar refrigerator financed by us in May 2022. The installation is carried out by our Kenyan partner company SunTransfer Ltd.
Impressive: 62 solar technicians receive their certificates
It was an impressive experience: the celebration of Sendea Uganda, where 62 trained solar technicians received their certificates of completion. the Sendea cooperative, which we initiated, now owns one of the most renowned training facilities for solar energy in Uganda.
Visit to the new solar village Kinabi (Uganda)
100 households have had a basic supply of solar energy for a few weeks: for light and to charge their cell phones. During a visit to the solar village, the foundation’s board of directors was able to see for themselves the great benefits that this means for everyone involved: on the one hand, finally clean and reliably available light for households, but then also jobs for solar technicians who take over maintenance and service. Some of these also come from the Kinabi solar village itself.
Foundation Director Harald Schützeichel as a guest of Franz Alt
The topic of the program: Will Africa become the superpower of renewables? During the 45-minute program, the work of the Solar Energy Foundation was reported in detail.
Link to the interview
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
Sendea Uganda and DonBosco start training program
for solar freelancers in UgandaIn 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) …
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.
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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.
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)…
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.
More information in the current newsletter.
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