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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SOLARKIOSK proudly received the Bloomberg New Energy Award 2016

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WinnerIt is a great honor to announce that SOLARKIOSK proudly received the Bloomberg New Energy Award 2016 at the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award 2016 Summit on the 4th of April in New York.
The unique innovative design of SOLARKIOSK and its empowerment of people in off-grid villages in Africa and Asia has been greatly rewarded by a global community.
SOLARKIOSK take the Bloomberg New Energy Award 2016, together with all previously received Awards, as an inducement to further expand the access to clean energy in rural remote off-grid villages in Africa and Asia.

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SOLARKIOSK wins the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award 2016

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SOLARKIOSK wins the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award 2016. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has announced that SOLARKIOSK is one of ten companies selected as 2016 New Energy Pioneer. Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Prize recognizes game-changing innovators revolutionizing the energy sector. SOLARKIOSK was recognized at stage at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2016 Future of Energy Summit on 4th of April in New York.


Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award 2016


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SOLARKIOSK and the EKOCENTER project make social impact easy and accessible…

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SOLARKIOSK and the EKOCENTER project are thrilled to make our social impact easy and accessible, no matter the distance.

Lets take a look at Dom a small Ethiopian community wedged between rolling hills and a marvelous landscape. The small village sits 180km Southwest of Addis Ababa and has approximately 5000 inhabitants and includes a primary school for 1180 children.

Unfortunately, many of children face a simple but real problem – access to a pen or pencil. To meet this challenge SOLARKIOSK setup small pen stations throughout Addis Ababa with a sticker: “Donate-A-Pen” Enable. Empower. Ethiopia

After a few days, 300 pens were donated and we decided to surprise the local school children by dropping them off. The show of support was immediate and the children were elated!

SOLARKIOSK understands that this is a useful step in creating impact at the base-of-the pyramid but this is only the start. In the future, SOLARKIOSK aims to provide lighting to the school and offer laptops that can be charged.

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Total Kenya Limited has partnered with Solar Kiosk Kenya Limited, (a subsidiary of the Berlin-based SOLARKIOSK AG) for the establishment of solar-powered kiosks in remote areas with unreliable power supply.


Total Kenya and Solar Kiosk Kenya share an ambition to provide off-grid and limited connectivity communities with solar-powered products and services. This ambition forms the basis of the mutual partnership in Kenya.


To maximize the impact of this initiative, Total Kenya and Solar Kiosk Kenya commenced the partnership with a pilot project in 2015. The pilot project involved the implementation of two solar-powered energy and connectivity hubs called the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB. The E-HUBB- designed by GRAFT (partners and co-founders of SOLARKIOSK AG) is a modular solar-powered structure that can be easily implemented in remote communities.


The E-HUBB outlet empowers local entrepreneurship and the sustainable development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities by providing vital energy services, solar products and connectivity solutions. The pilot project commenced with the launch of two Solarkiosk E-HUBBs in Kithimani (Machakos County) and Kaguku (Muranga County). By the end of 2015, SOLARKIOSK had implemented over 100 E-HUBBs in three continents.

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2015-16 SOLARKIOSK Holiday Season Newsletter

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Dear Friends of SOLARKIOSK,


On behalf of the entire SOLARKIOSK team, we would like to wish you a lot of health, laughter, and joy this Holiday Season and a wonderful start in the New Year 2016.

As a small token of appreciation, we would like to share with you the 2015-16 Solarkiosk Holiday Season Newsletter, which includes some amazing photos and stories about our initiatives in various countries. 2015 has been a great year for SOLARKIOSK and we have so much to look forward to in 2016!



Thank you for your continuous support!!




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