The African Development Bank invites SOLARKIOSK to attend “Off-Grid revolution”

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SOLARKIOSK has attended the “The Off-Grid Revolution” meeting as one of the few key private sector players. The invitation-only event brought together stakeholders across the off-grid energy sector at the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) headquarters in Abidjan.

The president of AfDB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, stressed in the opening remarks of his speech that AfDB is eager to provide sustainable access to energy to 75m people in Africa who live off the grid. He pledged that AfDB would provide 12b USD in the next 5 years to the African energy sector, seeking leverage of 40-50bn USD from the private sector. “To stay in power you have to give power. We have to move faster and we have to move smarter.”

Henry Macauley, the Energy Minister of Sierra Leone, stated that Africa currently produces only 2% of the global energy. He pointed out that the cost of providing energy is high, but the cost of not providing energy is actually much higher, due to the loss of productive capacity. Not only can demand create supply, but also supply create demand.

SOLARKIOSK provided insights on the most pressing challenges of the private sector, in particular access to finance, smart business models, rules and regulations, human capacity and operational execution.

CEO Andreas Spieß: “It was a promising start. It is the first time at AfDB that the realization that off-grid private sector companies have developed both disrupting technology and business model seems to be followed by a factual readiness to deploy substantial financing into the sector.”

Read the full article here.

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SOLARKIOSK and SC Johnson fight malaria together

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SOLARKIOSK and SC Johnson have recently joined forces to fight against malaria through Rwanda’s EKOCENTER network.

Mosquito repellent lotion and mosquito coils have been included in the product portfolio of targeted communities, filling the local gap in malaria prevention.

The kiosk operators, with the support of the Society for Family Health Rwanda, will also run a communication campaign focused on malaria education through demonstration and products sampling.

Find our more from the press release of our partner SC Johnson!

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SOLARKIOSK AG has won the ARE Award!

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This week SOLARKIOSK AG has won the ARE Award for advancing rural electrification in the Private Sector in Developing Countries category. The prize has been conferred on Wednesday 22nd at the Awards Ceremony in the EDP Headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal, during the ARE Investment Forum.

In their second year running, ARE Awards have given recognition to companies and organizations which have made a special contribution to advancing rural electrification. The Awards Jury has selected winners in six different categories:

• Private Sector in Developing Countries: SOLARKIOSK AG
• Multilateral / International Organisations: GIZ
• NGOs and Foundations: Kopernik
• Private Sector in Developed Countries: Daily Life Renewable Energy Pte Ltd
• Government in Developing Country: Tanzania
• Best Off-grid Project: Solar Sister

To learn more, check out the press release by ARE!

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Meet SOLARKIOSK in Lisbon!

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On the 22nd and 23rd March, SOLARKIOSK’s CEO, Andreas Spiess, will attend the ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Lisbon.

The Forum is hosted by ARE, a large UN-partner association representing off-grid clean energy members in developing and emerging markets.
During the event the participants will discuss clean energy policy initiatives and business opportunities. ARE members will also have the opportunity to showcase their innovative technical and financial instruments to support rural electrification projects.

The ARE Awards Ceremony will take place on the 22nd night. Awards in six categories will be handed to companies, organisations and people for their passionate and original work on energy access.

On the 23rd SOLARKIOSK will be at the B2B matchmaking: come and meet us!

The Lisbon Forum falls during a busy week of conferences for SOLARKIOSK.

Check out all of the upcoming events we will attend:
Tech Festival on the 20th March in Berlin
Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on the 20th and 21st March in Berlin
Impact Investment Forum from 21st to 23rd March in Yerevan


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SOLARKIOSK is One to Watch

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Cleantech Group, leader in supporting the development and marketability of clean technologies, just nominated SOLARKIOSK as one of the 100 companies to watch.

For the 8th Edition of Global Cleantech 100, Cleantech analysed and evaluated over 18,000 companies looking for innovation, marketability and execution ability. The Cleantech 100 winners were announced on the 23rd January 2017 at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. The Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch list was released soon afterward.

Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch are companies quickly catching the eye of leading investors in the market. These companies represent innovative and promising ideas in cleantech and are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges.

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POWER KIOSK’s Great Start into 2017

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Berlin, 10th February 2017

The first days of 2017 proved very successful for POWER KIOSK. The project, which started in 2015, is financed by the European Union and led by SOLARKIOSK in Kenya and Ethiopia and HERi Madagascar in Madagascar. Its goal is to provide solar energy products and services to 100,000 people in rural areas through the installation of 160 solar-powered kiosks.

In Kenya, 11 Power Kiosks are already operational. The last two were inaugurated on January 19th in the Kawai and Oldonyo Orok villages of Narok county. With numerous other SOLARKIOSK kiosks already on the ground, Narok now enjoys all the benefits of an improved distribution and retail network. Several more units are awaiting implementation in Narok as well as Kajiado, Samburu, Isiolo and Laikipia counties.

In Madagascar, where 20 Power Kiosks are already operational, an exciting partnership with UNICEF was launched on January 27th. HERi and UNICEF joined efforts to curb student drop-offs from primary to middle school by making solar lamps available to students through a rental model. During the inauguration events in the Vatovavy Fitovinany region, practical demonstrations introduced students and parents to the programme and the many advantages of solar energy.

Despite the country’s challenging political and security situation, Ethiopia managed to launch its first three Power Kiosks on February 5th. These are located in the villages of Qaso Manso, Rayitu and Walta’l Saida in the Bale region, southeast of Addis Abeba. Qaso Manso’s opening was marked by a lively inauguration event with the active participation of townspeople, local and regional authorities, respected elders and solar light distributors.

Find out more at POWER KIOSK!

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People around the kiosk
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SOLARKIOSK’s Kafa Biosphere Project

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E-HUBB contribute to biodiversity protection


Berlin, Monday 23rd January
NABU e.V. (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) celebrates the closing of its 3-year integrated project for the protection of biodiversity in the Kafa Biosphere Reserve, southern Ethiopia (Link).


SOLARKIOSK is among the key partners invited to attend the event. In 2014, SOLARKIOSK contributed three E-HUBBs to NABU, boosting the clean energy sources available to the Reserve’s inhabitants, one of the main pillars of the program.


The E-HUBBs are currently still operating in off-grid locations around the central town of Bonga. Among the first-implemented E-HUBBs, they represent a remarkable example of how SOLARKIOSK’s technology and design perfectly fits into a natural, protected environment, such as the Kafa Biosphere Reserve.



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SOLARKIOSK is introducing the first energy-autonomous clinic structure of its kind

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The Connected Solar Clinic is the first structure of its kind, enabling a superior level of medical services in off-grid settings. The durable, modular and portable clinic, designed and implemented by SOLARKIOSK, is entirely autonomous from the electrical grid and powers a range of medical devices, along with air conditioning and broadband connectivity.

On Wednesday, 18 January, 2017, it was officially inaugurated by a representative of the Jordanian Ministry of Health in the Mafraq Governorate, Jordan. The Connected Solar Clinic adds to the capacities of the Ministry of Health in the bordering region to Syria where the medical facilities for local residents and Syrian refugees are outnumbered and is estimated to facilitate treatment for up to 20.000 people per year.

We are grateful to our cooperation partners Siemens Stiftung and Siemens and are looking forward to contribute to further projects in the humanitarian and disaster relief field with our wide portfolio of energy-autonomous solutions.

For full press release, please follow to the website of Siemens Stiftung.

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