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SOLARKIOSK Invited as Part of a Business Delegation with Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel to Lebanon and Jordan

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In June, SOLARKIOSKS’s CEO Andreas Spiess accompanied Chancellor Angela Merkel and a handpicked delegation of German companies to Jordan and Lebanon. The main topic was how the private sector can support local economies in regards to the challenges that come with the high influx of refugees in these 2 countries. SOLARKIOSK´s E-HUBBs have already been implemented in 2 refugee sites in Jordan. Their technology offers an essential solution bringing electricity, connectivity, water and medical appliances to refugees and host communities.
 

 
Andreas Spiess: “I am proud and honored that SOLARKIOSK has been selected to represent the German private sector in this mission which is fundamental for all of us. More and more people from the Middle East and Africa will seek to migrate to Europe if they cannot find peace and opportunities to prosper in their motherland. SOLARKIOSK has both the technology and a scalable business model which can kickstart thousands of local businesses and create multiple jobs with each of these businesses where they are most needed: at the base of the pyramid.”
 

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Siemens and SOLARKIOSK Join Forces to Power Africa with Microgrid Solutions

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• MoU signed at Intersolar trade show

• First joint project as a basis for further development is located in Rwanda

• Partnership focus on SOLARKIOSK’s projects in East Africa which provide solar energy for local entrepreneurs/SMEs in rural off-grid areas

• Siemens microgrid solution helps to collect, monitor and analyze data as well as to provide simple remote control

• Collected data to create additional value for local entrepreneurs, operators, service providers and communities
 
Siemens and SOLARKIOSK have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on June 20 at the Intersolar trade show. Both companies agree to join forces to enhance local businesses powered by SOLARKIOSK ́s clean energy in non- electrified parts of rural Africa. SOLARKIOSK has deployed more than 250 projects in twelve countries serving roundabout 5 million people. The SOLARKIOSK solar powered E-HUBB is the business centerpiece for a rural “off-grid” village providing retail and energy-related services such as charging (mobile phones, batteries, lights), internet connectivity, cooling of products and medication, water purification, copy, print or scan, financial inclusion services as well as news and entertainment to local communities.
 
In the first joint project, Siemens will implement a microgrid gateway collecting data from both SOLARKIOSK’s existing energy systems and retail businesses and enabling remote control of the E-HUBB, thus improving service, energy usage, and operation such as supply chain management. The gateway will be connected to applications running on Siemens’ highly scalable EnergyIP smart grid application platform powered by MindSphere – the Siemens cloud-based open operating system for the Internet of Things (IoT). In a next step, the companies will tailor the microgrid cloud-based applications and related solution to the needs of the different stakeholders. In addition, further industrialization of electrical equipment, as well as enhancement of the solution with Siemens equipment such as local microgrid control or small batteries/ inverter kits, will be evaluated by SOLARKIOSK.
 

“With Siemens’ microgrid applications powered by MindSphere, SOLARKIOSK will be able to improve serviceability of the electrical equipment and make sure the energy is used in the most efficient way. Furthermore the analyzed data supports SOLARKIOSK in making the most economic decisions by evaluating productivity of different service offerings”,
 
said Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens’ Energy Management Division.
 
“If the B2B microgrid grows further you can do even more with the collected data and local control capability. That’s our motivation for a co- creation agreement to define the next system generation maximizing value for all partners.”
 
“SOLARKIOSK is thrilled to develop together with Siemens software applications and algorithm which correlates our unique ability to collect valuable energy and commercial data and therefore analyses the energy impact on the various businesses we empower and vice versa. The joint collaboration will refine our retail operations and service offering to B2B customers throughout our African and global network. The insight gained from this disrupting approach will enable SOLARKIOSK to take its impact and business goals to the next level,”
 
said Andreas Spieß, CEO of SOLARKIOSK.

For the project, Siemens will deliver and install a suitable and robust data gateway for aggregating the necessary data and remotely control loads and generation using its proven EnergyIP. Numerous EnergyIP applications have been successfully used around the world for years. They include applications for meter data management and distributed energy management, energy efficiency applications for the energy sector and for industry, and various applications for data analysis, such as load prediction in the grid and tracing system losses.
 
In 2016 the Siemens Stiftung and SOLARKIOSK partnered to bring a mobile health clinic to a host community for refugees in Jordan. The clinic consists of a self- sufficient E-HUBB developed by SOLARKIOSK outfitted with Siemens medical equipment, including an ultrasound and hematology lab. It is powered by 8 kWp of solar panels on the roof, making it off-grid and fully mobile. The clinic is a small, flexible and modular unit, adaptable for many further locations and functions.
 
SOLARKIOSK AG is the last mile distribution hub and renewable energy-connectivity gateway to untapped markets at the Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP). SOLARKIOSK intertwines an award-winning design technology with an inclusive, scalable business model to enable and empower BoP communities worldwide through the provision of renewable energy services, products, and solutions, thus creating both triple bottom line impact and profitable business centers.
 
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The Real Endeavours of Last Mile Distribution

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These pictures were taken from one of SOLARKIOSK’s vehicles delivering products to the last mile in Kenya. After months of heavy rains, where the whole of East Africa experienced between 200-500% above average rainfall, our supply chain now slowly returns to business as usual, and seeing some of the positive results of the rain – fields of beautiful wild flowers.

 

 

 

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Charity Nosim Words of Wisdom for SOLARKIOSK

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If you have been following our recent stories, you will know that Charity Nosim is a 19-year-old cook at the local restaurant of the Olkiramatian CSMC (Connected Solar Market Center) in Kenya. The SOLARKIOSK CSMC has opened the world for her, giving her access to training and connecting her with the greater community of Olkiramatian.


During a recent visit to the CSMC, she excitedly shared some ideas and thoughts with us. Charity was thrilled to learn that there will soon be WiFi available at the CSMC, saying that “more people are becoming drawn in with free internet, so it would be a great way to bring more people to the area, to be more connected.” Moreover, Charity shared that “the upcoming vegetable store will be of great help for the kitchen here”, further saying “fresher produce will bring more value to the customers that come eat at our restaurant.” With the help of the innovative and entrepreneurial skills of Charity and her colleagues, the CSMC has been able to grow as a part of the community. Their ideas and enthusiasm bring great appreciation from the local community for the CSMC and its shops.
 
In her final comments, she presented a small request to the SOLARKIOSK team, “I was hoping to be able to buy Masai garments, shoes as well as beads in the future at the E-HUBB. This way more customers would come here, and also come eat at our restaurant. Then I can also happily buy my clothes here.”
 
It is thanks to the feedback and support from people like Charity, that allows SOLARKIOSK to evolve its ability to enable and empower.

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She is We Campaign at SOLARKIOSK in Kenya

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SOLARKIOSK has just been featured in the European Union’s “She is We” Campaign with a video highlighting the story of the kiosk operator in Maparasha, Kenya, which is co-financed by the EU through the Power Kiosk project. The project was one of five selected in Kenya to be featured in the campaign, in celebration of European Development Days 2018.

 

The goal of the “She is We” campaign is to draw attention to women and girls at the forefront of sustainable development by documenting the voices of beneficiaries of European Union-financed projects. The kiosk at Maparasha is one of 40 opened in Kenya in partnership with the EU. The video highlights the ways in which the kiosk has impacted the life its operator, Cecilia Lamei. Her voice from the field is a positive story of transformation told from a women’s perspective.

 

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SOLARKIOSK has been invited to participate in the EnRupt Energy Innovation Arena at the Power and Electricity World Philippines 2018.

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On the 23-24 May, we will present our solutions in Manila at the Philippines’ largest energy forum.
 
SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB is the ideal solution for businesses operating in the special topography in the Philippines – a country of over 7000 islands that are sometimes hard to reach with the electricity grid and much needed goods and services.
 
After implementing a number of E-HUBBs in Vietnam and Cambodia, we are looking forward to bringing more sustainable energy and business solutions to South East Asia through the E-HUBB.
 
We would like to welcome you to our booth (Y07) to discuss more about our E-HUBB and how it can help your business. Learn more about the Power and Electricity event at http://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/power-electricity-world-philippines/index.stm.

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SOLARKIOSK speaks at the SEforALL Forum on Energy in Humanitarian Settings

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SOLARKIOSK AG CEO, Andreas Spiess, was invited by Sustainable Energy for All to provide insight on addressing energy needs in humanitarian settings at the annual Forum in Lisbon, Portugal.
 
Speaking on a panel alongside the Uganda Energy Minister, UNHCR, United Nations and MasterCard, Mr. Spiess said, “The challenge of the increasing refugee population is both a responsibility and an opportunity for the private sector. It is a responsibility because this fundamental challenge can only be addressed with a trilateral joint effort between governments, NGOs and private companies. It is an opportunity because there is an enormous entrepreneurial potential in these settlements, with young entrepreneurs who want to work hard and build a business. SOLARKIOSK fully accepts and embraces the responsibility, making available its technology-design for refugees worldwide; it seizes the opportunity as only profitable business models will make it to scale.”
 
SOLARKIOSK has deployed its technology-design, the E-HUBB, in refugee camps and humanitarian settings across Jordan and Ethiopia, expanding soon to further territories. The E-HUBB is used for a variety of different purpose (as a solar powered shop, clinic, school and community center) providing modern energy solutions to enhance the services provided by host communities and humanitarian organizations.

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Small-Scale Renewable Energy Project Award Finalist

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This year, SOLARKIOSK has been nominated for the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Project Award (under 5MW) by African Utility Week as one of five finalists. The award stands for a company or project within the sustainable energy field that provides electricity to a commercial or rural area that is without an electric infrastructure. The final announcements of the winner will take place on the 16th of May in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
Make sure to stay tuned.

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SOLARKIOSK Now A Member of The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions

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We are happy to announce that SOLARKIOSK has recently become a member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions which is part of the Solar Impulse Foundation. The alliance helps bring together driving forces within the field of clean technologies to form connections and relationship, in order to face the challenges of today and bring about solutions.
 
Feel free to take a look at our profile here.

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SOLARKIOSK CSMC Uplifts the Local Community in Olkiramatian

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Olkiramatian is a small village in Kenya, close to the Tanzanian border and near Lake Magadi, one of the many lakes of the Great Rift Valley. There are only around two hundred inhabitants in the village, but there is a big catchment area with thousands of people. The people are mainly Maasai who are livestock herders and live a very traditional lifestyle, but love to be connected with family and friends through their mobile phones.

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The village is about 140 kilometers from Nairobi, in a fairly remote area. Some parts of the road get flooded during the rainy seasons. Meeting trucks stuck in the mud when the rains are heavy is not uncommon. Large herds of cattle and goats sometimes block the road. A SOLARKIOSK truck goes there every two weeks to bring quality products to our E-HUBB, which is one of just a few shops in the village and the only shop that is open daily at predictable hours. At the E-HUBB, SOLARKIOSK sells local snacks (Honeycare) and daily essentials such as maize flour, cooking oil, sugar and sanitary items alongside a wide selection of solar products and fuel-efficient cooking stoves. Since there is no electricity grid in Olkiramatian, our solar products are in high demand.

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The E-HUBB has now been expanded into a connected solar market center, (a CSMC), with a restaurant, a butchery, a viewing hall, a beautiful sitting area and patio.

The inhabitants of Olkiramatian tell us they feel uplifted by the CSMC. They now have a beautiful place in the middle of the village where they can meet and chat, have a cold drink, eat local food, do some shopping, watch the news and a football match. Soon there will be a vegetable store, a pool table and other social games and a wifi hotspot for internet access.

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The people who work in the CSMC play a big role in the aspect of uplifting the community. Kelvin Lepapa is the E-HUBB operator. Dickson Sarem is a local entrepreneur who rented a space within in the CSMC to run a restaurant and a butchery. 19-year-old Charity Nosim and her colleagues, Esther Yiamat and Njeri, work as cooks, waitresses, and assistants at the restaurant. Vestus Kisiang’u is the butcher. The E-HUBB/CSMC stands out in Olkiramatian as a new level of development in the area and is highly appreciated by the local community.

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And this is just the beginning. Look out for our feature next week on Charity Nosim and her words of wisdom for SOLARKIOSK.

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