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A royal E-HUBB visit in Ethiopia

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The SOLARKIOSK team in Ethiopia recently welcomed the Crown Prince of Norway Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, along with delegates of several Norwegian renewable energy companies in an E-HUBB in Butajira cluster.

Representatives of Innovation Norway who organized the visit have mentioned that SOLARKIOSK’s unique business model and success story made it a perfect example to share with the renewable energy sector and potential Investors.

The delegates were impressed by the impact that SOLARKIOSK’s last mile distribution network offers to Bottom of the Pyramid communities.

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Shared knowledge for a shared vision

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One of the great advantages of SOLARKIOSK’s Pan-African setup, which spans no less than 6 countries, is that our teams can consistently learn more from one another’s trials and tribulations. This means that solutions that have been tried and tested in Tanzania for example, can serve as a blueprint for Kenya, and vice versa. We believe that this is the most exciting and interactive way to solve common challenges that affect our unique business model across Sub-Saharan Africa.

This collaborative approach inspired us to recently conduct a workshop at our offices in Nairobi, Kenya. We had colleagues from different countries and departments share their ideas and discuss ways in which we could streamline some of the most important policies and procedures within the business. The devil is always in the detail, and some of our teams have very successfully tackled the many little “devils” of our daily operations, particularly in supply chain management, which is so critical in providing reliable last mile distribution to the communities we want to impact.

This is just the beginning in a series of workshops that we hope will nurture not only the sharing of best-practice solutions across teams and countries but also help build strong relationships between SOLARKIOSK teams within Africa and Germany.

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SOLARKIOSK in Cleantech Group’s Global Cleantech Ones to Watch list

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CTG (Cleantech Group) released their latest Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch list this week – and SOLARKIOSK is excited to announce we’re on it! The GCT100 Ones to Watch list seeks to highlight a group of up-and-coming companies that are catching the eye of leading investors and corporates in the market.

This year, a record number of nominations for the annual Global Cleantech 100 list were received: 12,300 distinct companies from 61 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 312 companies, with these nominees reviewed by the 86 members of Cleantech Group’s Expert Panel. The Ones to Watch list, a sister list to the annual Global Cleantech 100 list, is created from the top 250 of the shortlist. To qualify for either list, companies must be independent, for-profit cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.

The complete GCT 100 Ones to Watch list is available here.

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SOLARKIOSK speaks at “Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth” Conference in Rwanda

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The “Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth” Conference, dedicated to rural electrification and agricultural development, took place on October 19-20, 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. Private and public sector players engaged in this 2-day event to scale-up the use of renewable energy for sustainable growth.

Evary Musara, Managing Director of Solarkiosk Rwanda Ltd., represented SOLARKIOSK as a speaker (as seen on the center of the stage in the image below). Limited purchasing power by local communities to buy a high-value solar product and high-interest rates by local banks that limit borrowing by end users were highlighted as main challenges. However, the market maintains to be attractive and growing and continues to raise interest of investors and financiers.

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COP23 is ready for the future along with SOLARKIOSK

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SOLARKIOSK is proud to be part of the “Ready for the future” poster campaign of German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), promoting the upcoming COP23 event in Bonn.

SOLARKIOSK, represented under the motto “Climate Action is Independence”, was selected to be featured amongst a variety of companies who have received support from the German government to further develop their projects.

More information on SOLARKIOSK’s participation in the campaign is available here.

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SOLARKIOSK at Deutsches Museum in Munich

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SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB was selected to be exhibited in the world’s largest museum of science and technology – Munich’s Deutsches Museum.

The Long Night of Museums, during which these images were taken, was a true highlight of the exhibition period, securing a record attendance of 12,000 visitors on October 14th.

The special exhibition energie.wenden, dedicated to energy transition, explained how energy is generated, stored and distributed, as well as energy requirements and utilisation. It also examines heat, mobility and manufacturing, and focuses on the many possible approaches to a conscious energy transition – challenging visitors to make that transition a reality.

Deutsches Museum also got to test the E-HUBB’s solar architecture design in action, using it to offer the Museum visitors a favourite German combination – sausages and beer!


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SOLARKIOSK at Global Green Growth Week in Ethiopia

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“Breakthrough technology for productive use of renewable energy in Africa’s rural off-grid areas” was the topic of the talk that SOLARKIOSK’s CEO Andreas Spiess has delivered at the latest Global Green Growth (GGG) Week as one of the keynote speakers.

GGGWeek that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this year and brought together participants from around the world, representing governments, the private sector, and civil society, is the platform to generate innovative solutions for strong, inclusive, and sustainable growth in Africa and globally.

The GGGWeek is organized by the Global Green Growth Institute that is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.

Read more about GGGWeek 2017 here.

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Munich Re, ERGO and SOLARKIOSK partner to mitigate the effects of climate change

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With the joint support of Munich Re and ERGO, SOLARKIOSK will open five new E-HUBBs in Kenya in 2017.

In addition to the supply of renewable energy products, services and consumer goods, the co-branded E-HUBBs will offer free wifi connectivity to the community. SOLARKIOSK will also join forces with a local NGO partner to offer programming focused on resilience and enabling of the local population. The E-HUBBs will be located in Migori County, adding to Solar Kiosk Kenya’s growing network spanning across nine counties.

“We are so pleased to announce our partnership with Munich Re and ERGO, as we are completely aligned in our focus on climate change resilience through renewable energy and female empowerment,” commented SOLARKIOSK CEO Andreas Spiess at the ERGO kick-off event held in Dusseldorf on Monday.


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Revolutionary ideas take center stage at SOLARKIOSK workshop in Berlin

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Last week, SOLARKIOSK’s leaders and Managing Directors from across the continent convened in Berlin to partake in a 3-day workshop entitled: CSMC 2.0 – Innovation, Development, and Growth. The workshop took place at Münzsalon in Berlin-Mitte, where some of the company’s sharpest minds deliberated on the future of the Connected Solar Market Center (CSMCS), 23 of which are currently in operation across Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya.

The CSMC is one of the most innovative and powerful off-grid concepts for rural economic development that currently exists in Africa. A CSMC provides a modern space for hosting a diverse range of independent businesses, each run by a local entrepreneur. These selected microbusinesses tap into the energy supply of a central E-HUBB while also taking advantage of the state-of-the-art infrastructure and holistic support provided by the SOLARKIOSK country teams.

As the CSMC network is expected to grow exponentially in 2018, SOLARKIOSK is currently looking to develop new, innovative ways to empower more rural, young entrepreneurs and help them grow their business within the CSMC framework. The aim of the workshop in Berlin was to bring together creative and business-savvy minds from SOLARKIOSK’s Headquarters in Berlin as well as from its affiliates across Africa to collaboratively brainstorm new business opportunities and productive use cases that could be introduced and bring to life the next generation of CSMCs: the CSMC 2.0.

Needless to say, the workshop provided SOLARKIOSK with lots of new ideas which will be critically evaluated against a number of criteria including return on investment, impact, and feasibility over the next few weeks. We’ll keep you posted on the latest developments so stay tuned!

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SOLARKIOSK organises operator training sessions in Ethiopia

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Following the success of the latest operator training sessions in Kenya, SOLARKIOSK has organized an operator training day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During the participatory and practical training, the operators and area officers engaged in various confidence-building activities, as well as extended their knowledge on sales and communication best practices.

In the coming months, SOLARKIOSK Ethiopia will incorporate the training outcomes in the two zones known as ‘Butajira’ and ‘Welkite’ in SNNPR region where six of the E-HUBBs are located.

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