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Solarkiosk Inauguration Event in Buhabwa, Rwanda, on the 2nd of June 2016

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It was a festive Solarkiosk inauguration in Buhabwa, Rwanda, on the 2nd of June 2016 where many visitors from the community came to the Solarkiosk location. Buhabwa, with its 5,442 adult inhabitants within a radius of 5 kilometers, features a sizable daily turn-out of people coming from neighboring villages, all coming to source FMCG’s and energy services, as Buhabwa is surrounded by off grid and livestock dominated farmers who predominantly access subsistence food from retail shops. This presence bears a huge potential for Solarkiosk offerings.

2016-06-02-BuhabwaBuhabwa itself has only limited grid, with over 25 retail shops that buy their goods from a city in 18 km distance. It has a thriving agriculture sector and is frequently visited by Kigali traders. Buhabwa has a strong demand for Solarkiosk offerings, in particular financial services, quality FMCGs and reverse supply chains with the Kigali Traders. Judith Girimpundu, the regional Solarkiosk Sales and Marketing officer, presented the agenda of the Solarkiosk inauguration day. The festivities began at 3 p.m. and lasted to 9 p.m. A huge number of Buhabwa residents came to celebrate this event, including even the Police Chief Inspector of Buhabwa District.

 

FMCG´s and different services were showcased and throughout the event the awareness for the advantage of using solar products offered by Solarkiosk was raised. The visitors were really curious about the displayed solar products, FMCG´s and services such as photocopying, photo shooting, charging and printing. Notably, the photo shooting was enjoyed most of all! The residents were also much excited at the inauguration event about the different cultural dancers including, Kinyarwanda dance, Uganda and Western dance, which was a part of the event. The Sector Executive Secretary gave a warm welcome to all visitors. On the background that the area has a power grid which in parts include generators that are expensive and partly use kerosene which is harmful, he encouraged his people to support Solarkiosk through buying and using solar products. The Regional Manager thanked the residents for turning up in a big number. He highlighted the importance of the solar products to the community in the area. He explained to them that the low costs and effectiveness of solar products is a perfect way of saving money and transforming and improving their livelihood socially and economically. When asking the people in Buhabwa about the impact of Solarkiosk in their daily life some weeks after the inauguration, they confirmed: “Solarkiosk next to our door has helped us save on time and transport cost to access energy services as compared to before. We can access all essential products in one location. We can always access cold drinks anytime as opposed to before and kerosene smoke is no more a health challenge now when we are using a quality solar lamp in our home”.
One man from the village continued: “We are really satisfied in general, but on my side I really appreciate the contribution of Solarkiosk in my daily life because I can get different Solarkiosk products easily yet I used to get them far from my house and at extra cost”.
As a final remark he says: “Solarkiosk creates other business solutions around the kiosk which we think is an opportunity to the local community to engage themselves into micro-income generating activities. I can tell everyone that Solarkiosk has brought the development to our district”.

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Solarkiosk inauguration in Karambi, Rwanda

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Solarkiosk E-HUBB inauguration on the 23rd of May 2016 in Karambi.

 

2016-05-23-KarambiThe successful Solarkiosk E-HUBB launching event in Karambi. The Solarkiosk E-HUBB was attended by a large group of very interested and curious participants from the community. The activities began at 2 p.m. and during the next seven hours the participants could learn about the Solarkiosk approach and closely experience how the community will be able to benefit from the clean energy access of Solarkiosk. All levels were represented at this joyful inauguration event. The Cell Executive secretary encouraged his people in a speech to support Solarkiosk, buy and own a solar product and offset kerosene lamps that are expensive and harmful. The Solarkiosk Region Manager thanked all attendants for coming, displayed Solarkiosk offerings and explained details of the Solarkiosk business model. Furthermore, he asked the community to support Solarkiosk as its has come to stay and work together with the community in order to improve their lives socially and economically.

When asking the population some weeks later in Karambi what their impression about the Solarkiosk products were, many people simply answered: “We are very excited about Solarkiosk. Solarkiosk is a unique partner for us! We can now access energy services anytime. Energy supply is steady and it’s aggregated offering has enabled us save on time and cost since we can access all basic goods, information, financial services, energy Services including printing , photo copying, photo shooting and solar products on one location and one time.” As an answer to the question how Solarkiosk has changed their daily life one of the village families said: “In general Solarkiosk has been able to rapidly transform lives of local people both socially and commercially. We bought Sunking Pro 2 and we can now charge the mobile phone from my house and have light. This has enabled us to enjoy clean and safe light and save bi-weekly phone charging costs. The lease facility of Solarkiosk has also enabled us to further to own a Solar Home System in addition to the solar lamp. My house is now full of light at night. We will pay overtime and after six months ownership it will be fully transferred to us and our family . We don’t have one-time capacity to buy Home Systems and therefore we very much appreciate Solarkiosk for enabling us this through their great lease facility.”

” There are so many ways that Solarkiosk now contributes to our future growth in the was as providing light at home to enable my kids to study at night and excel. We now also have access to news and information. My family will frequently visit the Solarkiosk to access TV, get informed and make social and business decisions based on the access to information that we have from Solarkiosk. Another great advantage is the quality of living standards. The introduction of Quality Solar Products into my house completely offset kerosene lamps whose smoke is harmful to our healthy living. I am waiting to continue testing and enjoying the products from Solarkiosk!”

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CTO Lars Krückeberg resigns from his management position

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Lars Krückeberg, co-founder and CTO of Solarkiosk is to resigns from his management position with Solarkiosk on 1 July 2016.

Following successful years of establishing the business and his valuable contributions to the expansion of Solarkiosk Lars Krückeberg will take on a position as member of the Supervisory Board of Solarkiosk. Lars Krückeberg will maintain his close ties to the company as a strategic advisor and representative.

Management and employees of Solarkiosk are grateful for Lars Krückeberg’s outstanding and prudent leadership and are looking forward to a continued fruitful exchange of views and Lars Krückeberg’s unchanged support of the company in his new position.

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ARE’s new job platform

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Solarkiosk is proud to be a co-initiator and sponsor of ARE’s new job platform. The dynamic energy sector is in need of a solution that can bring together specialists and companies that can spur electrification both off-grid and rural. For this reason, this dedicated job platform is of relevance for this sector and offers a dedicated space in which companies and applicants can meet.

For people searching for a challenging job in this exciting sector please visit the ARE job platform: http://ruralelec.org/job-platform

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Solarkiosk and SES bring power and internet to an education centre in a jordanian refugee camp

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LUXEMBOURG/BERLIN, 19 May 2016 – SOLARKIOSK AG, the energy and business gateway to Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide, and SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), announced today that they are pioneering the first-of-its-kind “Connected Solar School” to deliver electricity, educational tools, and broadband internet connectivity to education centres run by UNICEF and Relief International within the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. The “Connected Solar School” will utilise solar energy provided by SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB technology to deliver broadband connectivity enabled by SES’s Astra Connect broadband platform, which in turn enables teachers to use quality e-learning materials sponsored by UNICEF. SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB, designed by the Berlin-based architecture firm GRAFT to provide reliable energy in off-grid areas worldwide, uses solar energy to power connectivity, lights, and computers within the schools. The E-HUBB interior will become the administrative centre for teachers and will have a power node to charge solar lamps, laptops, printers, mobile phones and tablets. The Zaatari refugee camp is currently hosting more than 80,000 refugees, with about 25,000 children of school-going age. In addition to the nine formal school complexes in the camp, UNICEF supports Relief International in running three remedial education centres for children who need extra coaching. A fourth remedial education centre is under development. Currently more than 300 students are attending these remedial education centres.

 

Andreas Spiess, CEO of SOLARKIOSK, said, “Our partnership with SES in supporting UNICEF to utilise the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB technology will make a significant difference to the quality of life for those who currently reside in the Zaatari camp. Education, connectivity and access to energy are basic rights and we are proud to help facilitate that in challenging environments. The aim of the ‘Connected Solar School’ project is to devise a successful model that can be further implemented to provide solar-powered public facilities and reliable broadband connectivity within underserved communities.”

 

“Millions of Syrian children have endured violence, cruelty and displacement. Schools provide children a sense of routine and normalcy in their lives, and help them continue their education. Only through learning can children reach their full potential and play a positive and active role in rebuilding their lives and country,” said the UNICEF Jordan Representative, Robert Jenkins. “The ‘Connected Solar School’ in Zaatari camp is an important case study for UNICEF to explore the viability of such solutions, for possible replication and expansion to other schools and learning centres for children.” Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES Techcom Services, said, “Being able to access online teaching material is a vital part of modern education for both teachers and pupils alike. Entering into a strategic partnership with SOLARKIOSK is a natural fit for our business. Not only do our satellites rely on solar energy to fly in space, they rely on solar energy on earth to deliver connectivity. Together we aim to improve the lives of the refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp.”

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Bloomberg New Energy Award 2016

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WinnerWe are honoured to announce that SOLARKIOSK was awarded as “Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer 2016” at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit in New York. The jury awarded “game-changing innovators that are revolutionizing the energy sector”. Michael Wilshire, selection committee chair and head of analysis and transformation at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said: “This year, we were impressed by the very strong set of candidates we received for the New Energy Pioneers program (…). We were delighted to see the breadth of innovation that is happening in the industry and struck by the impact that those organizations could have on the energy system of the future.” SOLARKIOSK takes this prestigious award as a great encouragement to continue its mission: enabling and empowering the Base of the Pyramid as the energy gateway and last mile distribution hub for renewable energy products, services and solutions.

 

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