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United Nations Foundation and HOPE For Women And Children In Bangladesh in an article about our solar powered clinic project in Cox Bazaar

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Wanted to share this amazing „In conversation with” piece, written by Luc Severi of the United Nations Foundation Powering Healthcare after an interview with Iftikher Mahmood, MD of HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh.

Dr. Iftikher is talking about how Hope is using their vast experience and our solar powered infrastructure solutions to improve the healthcare situation for women and children in the world’s biggest refugee camp:

“An interesting point to make about our solar clinics is that now women can go into labor in an air-conditioned room. This might sound insignificant, but being in labor in a hot room at 85ºF can be very painful. It’s crucial that every woman experience labor and birth in healthy and comfortable conditions.”

The article can be found here

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Solarkiosk AG wants to secure a sustainable position through restructuring process

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Press release in English (for German please scroll)

Solarkiosk AG wants to secure a sustainable position through restructuring process

  • The energy-autonomous electricity service provider files for insolvency according to German Law and plans sustainable restructuring in the course of preliminary insolvency proceedings
  • The company´s business continues without restriction
  • Salaries are secured through insolvency payments until the end of May 2019
  • Goal: Long-term future solution through sustainable restructuring process

 

Berlin, April 1, 2019. The energy-autonomous energy service provider Solarkiosk AG filed for insolvency on March 28, 2019 at the District Court of Charlottenburg. With this measure the company which specializes in solar energy solutions in off-grid areas, enabling climate-neutral and autonomous energy supply, among others in in rural areas of Africa, wants to achieve a complete restructuring within insolvency proceedings according to German Law. The district court Charlottenburg appointed attorney at Law Dr. Rainer Eckert, founder and partner of ECKERT lawyers, as the provisional insolvency administrator.

 

Solarkiosk AG has realized more than 250 projects in thirteen countries worldwide, which currently provide solar products and services, along with food, water and other sustainable products to approx. five million people, especially in rural, structurally weak areas. The solar-powered technology solution, the “E-HUBB”, is the core technology solution that provides energy to all off-grid, rural villages in which SOLARKIOSK is active, as it is not just a solar powered shop, but offers a variety of important services such as charging cell phones, internet connection, cooling of products and vaccines, water treatment, as well providing power for small local, i.a. hairdresser, tailor, restaurant, cinema, etc.

 

The business operations continue

“Together with my team, I will do the utmost to ensure the continuation of the company

that has an important task for developing countries worldwide and to secure jobs. In principle, I see good chances because fortunately SOLARKIOSK has very good products as well as highly motivated employees and in addition to that a worldwide sales network and promising strategic partnerships,” says Rainer Eckert. The business operations will be fully maintained. The payments of the wages and salaries of the approximately 20 employees in Berlin are secured by the insolvency payments from the Federal Employment Agency until the end of May 2019.

 

Positive signals
The provisional insolvency administrator will now work on achieving a sustainable restructure of the company.  “As difficult as this step was for us, the entire process is now a great opportunity to make Solarkiosk fit for the future,” says founder and CEO Andreas Spiess. “Furthermore, we very much hope that our partners will support us and new investors will recognize the attractive and unique business idea behind Solarkiosk. So I’m looking forward to the coming months with confidence.”

Causes of crisis
Solarkiosk AG had to go the way of restructuring under the rules of ordinary insolvency proceedings, because a firm commitment from an external investor at the last moment fell through, and immediate bridge financing until the entry of new investors could not be realized in a short span of time. Additionally, the company could not reach agreements with their main creditors in regards to due payments.

Sustainable restructuring sought
“My goal is to stabilize Solarkiosk as well as possible in the preliminary proceedings. It is now a question of achieving a sustainable future solution in this growth market in which Solarkiosk is positioned with a unique and unrivalled business model,” says the provisional insolvency administrator, Eckert. After a first, fundamental analysis, he will determine all the necessary restructuring measures. Subsequently, these will be implemented step by step to successfully position Solarkiosk on the market in the long term. Among others options, there is the possibility of a restructuring by transfer to an investor.

 

About ECKERT Lawyers
ECKERT, with offices in Hannover and Berlin, is one of the leading German restructuring and insolvency law firms. ECKERT are both corporate advisers and insolvency administrators and was in charge of the reorganization of well-known companies such as AEG, Blaupunkt, Mäc-Geiz, Netrada or Westfalia. At present, founding partner Dr. Rainer Eckert has been appointed as insolvency administrator in insolvency proceedings within the Air Berlin Group. Eckert´s team consists of approx. 120 people of which 20 are lawyers.

About Solarkiosk AG
SOLARKIOSK has developed an award winning solar-powered technology design – the “E-HUBB” -, designed for use in off-grid areas worldwide. SOLARKIOSK currently operates approximately 200 of these E-HUBBs, intertwined with an inclusive business model, via its own subsidiaries in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana. SOLARKIOSK currently reaches approx. 5mio people in rural and underdeveloped areas in Africa and Asia, with tailored products and services distributed via the E-HUBBs. In addition, SOLARKIOSK together with its partners have implemented approx. 50 E-HUBBs worldwide for humanitarian missions, particularly as mobile hospitals and school in refugee camps, as well as solar powered retail outlets.

 

Media Contact:

CONSILIUM Rechtskommunikation GmbH, Herr RA Martin Wohlrabe
Mauerstraße 83
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+49 30 20 91 29 70

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Pressemitteilung in Deutsch

Solarkiosk AG will sich durch Sanierungsverfahren dauerhaft neu aufstellen

  • Energieautonomer Stromdienstleister stellt Insolvenzantrag und plant Sanierung im Zuge des Insolvenzverfahrens
  • Geschäftstrieb läuft uneingeschränkt weiter
  • Löhne bis Ende Mai 2019 mittels Insolvenzgeld gesichert
  • Ziel: Langfristige Zukunftslösung durch nachhaltige Sanierung

Berlin, 1. April 2019. Der energieautonome Stromdienstleister Solarkiosk AG hat am 28. März 2019 beim Amtsgericht Charlottenburg einen Insolvenzantrag gestellt. Damit will das auf solare Energielösungen in netzfernen Gebieten spezialisierte Unternehmen, welches eine klimaneutrale und autonome Energieversorgung u.a. in den ländlichen Regionen Afrikas ermöglicht, die begonnene Restrukturierung im Zuge des Insolvenzverfahrens erreichen. Das Amtsgericht Charlottenburg hat Rechtsanwalt Dr. Rainer Eckert, Gründer und Partner von ECKERT Rechtsanwälte zum vorläufigen Insolvenzverwalter bestellt.

 

Die Solarkiosk AG hat mehr als 250 Projekte in dreizehn Ländern auf den Weg gebracht, mit denen derzeit rund fünf Millionen Menschen, vor allem in ländlichen strukturschwachen Gebieten, mit solaren Produkten und Dienstleistungen, aber auch mit Lebensmitteln, Wasser und anderen nachhaltigen Produkten, versorgt werden. Die mit Sonnenenergie betriebene Solarkiosk- Technologielösung, der „E-HUBB“, ist das Herzstück aller von Solarkiosk versorgten ländlichen Dörfer ohne Netzanbindung, denn er ist nicht nur ein solarbetriebener Shop, sondern bietet eine Vielzahl von wichtigen Dienstleistungen an, z.B. das Aufladen von Handys, Internetverbindung, das Kühlen von Produkten und Medikamenten, Wasseraufbereitung, sowie die Stromversorgung für lokale Kleinbetriebe wie Friseur, Schneider, Restaurant, Kino etc. .

Geschäftsbetrieb läuft weiter

„Mit meinem Team setze ich alles daran, das Unternehmen mit seiner wichtigen Aufgabe für Entwicklungsländer weltweit fortzuführen und Jobs zu sichern. Dazu sehe ich grundsätzlich gute Chance, weil Solarkiosk glücklicherweise über sehr gute Produkte, sowie ausgesprochen motivierte Mitarbeiter und darüber hinaus sowohl ein weltweites Vertriebsnetz sowie vielversprechende strategische Partnerschaften verfügt,“ so Dr. Rainer Eckert. Der Geschäftsbetrieb wird vollumfänglich aufrechterhalten. Die Löhne und Gehälter der rund 20 Mitarbeiter in Berlin sind durch das Insolvenzgeld von der Bundesagentur für Arbeit bis Ende Mai 2019 gesichert.

Positive Signale

Der vorläufige Insolvenzverwalter wird sich nun daran machen, eine nachhaltige Sanierung des Unternehmens zu erreichen. „So schwierig dieser Schritt für uns auch war, ist das gesamte Verfahren nun die große Chance, Solarkiosk fit für zu Zukunft zu machen,“ sagt Gründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender Andreas Spieß. „Außerdem hoffen wir sehr, dass unsere Partner uns unterstützen und neue Investoren die attraktive und einzigartige Geschäftsidee hinter Solarkiosk erkennen. Daher blicke ich zuversichtlich auf die kommenden Monate.“

Ursachen für Krise

Solarkiosk AG musste den Weg der Restrukturierung im Rahmen einer Regelinsolvenz gehen, weil eine feste Zusage eines externen Investors im letzten Moment platzte und eine Brückenfinanzierung bis zum Eintritt neuer Investoren auf die Schnelle nicht realisiert werden konnte. Ebenso konnte keine Einigung mit den beiden Hauptgläubigern des Unternehmens hinsichtlich fälliger Rückzahlungen erzielt werden.

Nachhaltige Sanierung angestrebt

„Mein Ziel ist, Solarkiosk im vorläufigen Verfahren so gut wie möglich zu stabilisieren. Es geht nun darum, eine nachhaltige Zukunftslösung in diesem Wachstumsmarkt, in dem Solarkiosk mit einem einzigartigen und konkurrenzlosen Geschäftsmodell positioniert ist, zu erreichen,“ sagt der vorläufige Insolvenzverwalter Dr. Eckert. Er wird nach einer ersten, grundlegenden Analyse alle notwendigen Restrukturierungsmaßnahmen bestimmen. Anschließend werden diese dann Schritt für Schritt umgesetzt, um Solarkiosk langfristig erfolgreich am Markt zu positionieren.

 

Über ECKERT Rechtsanwälte

ECKERT Rechtsanwälte mit Sitz u.a. in Hannover und Berlin gehört zu den führenden deutschen Restrukturierungs- und Insolvenzkanzleien. Die Spezialisten der Sozietät sind sowohl beratend auf Unternehmensseite als auch als Insolvenzverwalter, Sachwalter und Zwangsverwalter tätig. U.a. war die Kanzlei federführend bei der Sanierung von bekannten Unternehmen wie AEG, Blaupunkt, Mäc-Geiz, Netrada oder Westfalia beauftragt. Zurzeit ist Gründungspartner Rainer Eckert u.a. als Sonderinsolvenzverwalter im Insolvenzverfahren über den Air Berlin-Konzern bestellt. Besondere Expertise besteht zudem bei der Sanierung von Krankenhausträgern. Dazu zählen die „DRK gem. Krankenhausgesellschaft Thüringen Brandenburg“, „ViaSalus“, die Klinikgruppe Josef-Hospital in Delmenhorst sowie die Paracelsus-Klinikgruppe, mit mehreren Einzelgesellschaften und 24 Klinikstandorten eine der größten Konzerninsolvenzen der letzten Jahre. Die Kanzlei beschäftigt rund 120 Mitarbeiter an 17 Standorten, davon sind 20 Berufsträger.

Über die Solarkiosk AG

SOLARKIOSK hat einen mit vielen Preisen ausgezeichneten solarbetriebenen Kiosk („E-HUBB“) zum Einsatz in netzfernen Gebieten entwickelt und betreibt derzeit ca. 200 dieser E-HUBBs mit einem inklusiven Geschäftsmodell über eigene Tochtergesellschaften in Kenia, Tansania und Ruanda. Solarkiosk erreicht mit über die E-HUBBs vertrieben Waren und Dienstleistungen ca. 5 Millionen Menschen in ländlichen und strukturschwachen Gebieten in Afrika. Außerdem hat Solarkiosk AG zusammen mit Partnern ca. 50 E-HUBBs weltweit für humanitäre Einsätze, insbesondere als Krankenstation und Schule in Flüchtlingslager, sowie als solarbetriebene Einzelhandelsgeschäfte implementiert.

Medienkontakt: 
CONSILIUM Rechtskommunikation GmbH, Herr RA Martin Wohlrabe
Mauerstraße 83
10117 Berlin
+49 30 20 91 29 70

post@consilium.media 

www.consilium.media

 

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SOLARKIOSK NOW IN INDIA

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SOLARKIOSK is well known to empower communities and entrepreneurs in Africa, but yesterday was an important milestone for the expansion plans of the company.
Our first E-HUBB in India was inaugurated. A big crowd of villagers, women groups, local politicians and partner organizations listened to the Keynote speeches of Andreas Spiess, CEO of Solarkiosk, Dr. Michael Menhart, Head of Economics, Sustainability & Public Affairs @ MunichRe, Ajaita Shah, founder and CEO of Frontier markets and the head of the village gave his blessings to the ceremony and the new business in the village.

Together they discovered this new piece of German technology that has arrived in their village and they learned from the Solar Sahelis (women entrepreneurs that are trained and access technology, marketing, and technical repair, to provide innovative solar solutions to sell to rural households) all about how Solar can change their lives.

The E-HUBB will bring Jobs and Opportunities as well as solar powered products and services to the community of Naugaon, Alwar, Rajasthan, India.
In the coming weeks 4 more kiosks will be inaugurated.
Thomas Rieger, Director of Sales and Marketing @SOLARKIOSK says:
“We at SOLARKIOSK are tremendously excited about the launch of our project in India. The launch of the first 5 E-HUBB in the communities of Jalsoo- Chomu, Govindgarh- Chomu, Naugaon – Alwar, Bhawanikhera – Ajmer and Moonpur- Alwar, Rajasthan has been realized thanks to the generous help of our partners from Ergo and Munich Re. 
It underlines our commitment to Enable and Empower the sustainable economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions, delivered through our solar powered infrastructure solutions together with our partners from Frontier Markets. This important milestone is yet another step on our pathway to bring our technology to many more communities in India and across all of Asia.”

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Solarkiosk Tanzania made it into the “Companies to inspire Africa 2019” list of London Stock Exchange Group

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We are happy to announce that Solarkiosk Tanzania made it into the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) list of 360 companies accross Africa to inspire Africa in 2019.

You can download the report here:

https://www.lseg.com/resources/companies-inspire-africa/companies-inspire-africa-2019/about-report.



Congrats to our team in Tanzania! Please share the news and stay tuned.

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SOLARKIOSK goes on the Ones to Watch List for the 3rd Time – 60 Innovators Reveal Glimpses of our Industrial Future

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Berlin, Germany, 15 November 2018: SOLARKIOSK is awarded a place on the 2018 Ones to Watch list, produced by the Cleantech Group.

 

The Ones to Watch list, a sister list to the Global Cleantech 100, showcases up-and-coming companies that represent segments and sectors more people in the market should pay attention to. The Ones to Watch were selected from the Global Cleantech 100 short list. Solarkiosk has been awarded a place on the list three years in a row.

 

“Cleantech Group makes it its business to identify the innovation companies that investors and corporates are most excited by right now,” said Cleantech Group’s CEO, Richard Youngman. “Our annual Ones to Watch List represents companies trending upwards and emerging industrial solutions that are gaining market traction.”
 

“We are happy to receive this noble recognition and work hard every day to deserve it” said Andreas Spieß, CEO of SOLARKIOSK. “But more importantly, we will continue to serve our millions of customers in rural off-grid Africa and Asia with better energy and connectivity related products, services and solutions.”

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Our Tanzanian Country MD presents a Connected Solar Market Center

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Today Muhammed Sonko, our Tanzanian Country MD, takes us on a tour in one of our Connected Solar Market Centers (CSMC), located in Kibindu, Tanzania.
 

A CSMC truly is a unique value proposition for productive use of renewable energy in rural off-grid communities. Please enjoy the unique chance to get to know a SOLARKIOSK CSMC in effect and swarming with businesses and activities, with this helpful introduction.

 


 
Credits to Muhammed Sonko, Marc Zedler and the rest of our amazing Tanzanian SOLARKIOSK team.

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SOLARKIOSK Inaugurates 5 Solar Powered Mini-clinics at Rohingya Refugee Communities in Bangladesh

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20.9.2018, Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh: SOLARKIOSK together with 8minutenergy/Abundant Future Organization and HOPE Foundation inaugurated five solar powered mini-clinics at the Rohingya refugee communities in Bangladesh.

 

 

In just some months, the Bangladesh government together with many donor organizations built new camps for approximately 800,000 refugees from the Rohingya community in Myanmar. Bangladesh, itself being one of the poorest countries in the world, accomplished to prevent a human catastrophe in a remarkable endeavor, supported by the international community of donors and NGO´s, amongst them HOPE International, a medical organization based in Bangladesh and lead by Dr. Mahmood. HOPE has built a huge compound to treat pregnant and traumatized women in the Rohingya camp. SOLARKIOSK was able to contribute its solar powered E-HUBB technology and implement 5 mini-clinics, each with 2kwP, equipped with air conditioning, fridges for medicaments and vaccination, ECG and other testing devices, treatment and delivery rooms.

 

 

 

SOLARKIOSK´s modular, kit-of-part, multifunctional “E-HUBB” technology-design, developed by GRAFT architects, can be implemented and operated in very remote and challenging areas. Currently, SOLARKIOSK has contributed and implemented its E-HUBBs for humanitarian purposes, in particular refugee camps and host communities, in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

 

 

 

CEO Andreas Spiess said at the inauguration event: “Today we are very blessed to witness a heroic endeavor of the people of Bangladesh to rescue their neighbors, the Rohingya minorities, from one of the largest humanitarian catastrophes globally. We in Europe can learn a lot from Bangladesh, who are themselves an underserved nation, when it comes to effective and caring charity. SOLARKIOSK is proud and grateful for its modest contribution of five solar powered mini-clinics for Rohingya women and in particular thanks 8minutenergy / Abundant Future Foundation for their never-ending support in making this challenging project a success.”

 

A very special thank you goes to our engineering team Ben and Nasreldin, who worked non-stop for many weeks to ensure a flawless technical operation of the clinics.

 

 

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SOLARKIOSK Joined German Chancellor Merkel Again – This Time in West Africa

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The German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited a delegation of hand-picked German private business leaders to join her on a trip to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria for the last 3 days of August 2018. SOLARKIOSK’s CEO Andreas Spiess was honored to board the plane again with the Chancellor, after their successful mutual trip to Jordan and Lebanon in June, 2018.

 

Dr. Merkel’s delegation’s goal was for the government and private sector businesses to join forces to path the way for sustainable growth in West Africa, with a particular focus to motivate Germany-based companies to establish a presence and invest in these regions.

 

Andreas Spiess says: “The German government has identified SOLARKIOSK as one of the game changers, because our business model can rapidly scale across Africa, thereby ensuring long-lasting triple bottom-line impact. That is, socio-economic change in an environmentally friendly way.” He had a possibility to talk to major stakeholders from the civil society, the private sector and government in all three countries, and identified potential partners to work with in the future.

 

SOLARKIOSK is very eager to follow up on the meetings and acquaintances made, as well as deepen the dialogue with the German government. After his trip, Andreas Spiess posted this on his LinkedIn profile:

 

“Just returned from my trip with German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel to West Africa. Inspiring and encouraging as there is a true alliance between private sector and government: we have to create millions of sustainable jobs in Africa NOW. Am grateful that SOLARKIOSK has been recognized by European and African leaders as a scalable solution to this challenge.

 

This is just the beginning.”

 

Photo copyrights:
SOLARKIOSK is very grateful for the photographs to Heinz-Walter Grosse and Andreas Schindler.

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A virtual walk through our Connected Solar Market Center

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SOLARKIOSK’s Connected Solar Market Center (CSMC) is one of the most powerful off-grid concepts currently being developed. Each CSMC hosts multiple independent businesses accessing energy from the central E-HUBB, while enjoying space, infrastructure and support – all provided by SOLARKIOSK.

 

A recent video demonstrates this. SOLARKIOSK has built such a CSMC in Kibindu, Tanzania where our local patrons can find a nice, green, solar powered Mall space in the middle of an off-grid community that becomes the secure community meeting space in the evening, thanks to the public plot light that has been installed there.

 

Through the provision of infrastructure and green, renewable solar electricity, in this CSMC we have empowered a number of local businesses:

 

  • A convenience retail store
  • A tailor store
  • A barber shop
  • An outdoor restaurant
  • A Pool billiard table
  • A cinema

 

Enjoy your virtual walk through our CSMC!

 

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