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Rachel Kyte visited SOLARKIOSK head offices in Nairobi

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Rachel Kyte visited SOLARKIOSK head offices in Nairobi to meet with our team and see our solution in action.

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Rachel Kyte is CEO of the Sustainable Energy For All (http://www.se4all.org/), a UN initiative to enforce the Global Development Goal # 7 – universal access to sustainable energy. Rachel reports directly to the UN Secretary General and brought with her some external advisors and SE4All staff members. The SOLARKIOSK team explained the business model as a last mile distribution network for energy and connectivity in underserved off-grid areas. They in particular pointed out the operational challenges in the field and the need for finance assistance to achieve the goal of universal energy access by 2030. We are honoured that Rachel Kyte came to see and learn about SOLARKIOSK as the only supplier independent distributor of solar products, services and solutions.

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE FIRST SOLAR KIOSK IN KIMOGORO VILLAGE, NAROK COUNTY

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BERLIN/KIMOGORO, 10th October 2016 – Solar Kiosk Kenya Ltd and the European Union (EU) announced the inauguration of their first energy kiosk project within the context of the Power Kiosk project in the village of Kiomogoro, Kenya.

The County of Narok was chosen as a recipient of the Power Kiosk project due to its energy needs, with most rural villages having only very limited energy grid access, if any. Project locations like Kimogoro have the potential to offer social benefits and create business opportunities necessary to ensure long-term sustainability.
 
Power Kiosks will serve as complete energy and business outlets for solar products, fast moving consumer goods and energy services. They will enable new business opportunities that are powered by solar energy. Power Kiosks are dedicated to measurable triple bottom line impact – social, economic, and environmental – on all levels, from manufacturing to operations.

The SOLARKIOSK manager for this project is Cecilia Torres who stated: “. It is the beginning of a long-term relationship with this village, a relationship which will hopefully see this kiosk evolve and grow and develop with the community. Today this kiosk serves as a source of quality solar products and their customer service, helping the community reduce its dependence of dirty energy sources, which reduce local income and have negative impacts on personal health and the environment. We hope to build partnerships with the school, the health center, the municipality and other community stakeholders to help meet the energy and connectivity needs.

The event was attended by the European Union Delegation to Kenya’s Head of Infrastructure Walter Tretton, representatives from Solar Kiosk AG and Solar Kiosk Kenya and representatives from the Narok County Government.

This kiosk represents a beginning as is it the very first in a network of 40 such kiosks which will be installed over the coming year across various parts of Kenya thanks to this financing from the European Union, which will also extend further beyond Kenya, with a similar network of kiosks across Ethiopia and Madagascar”. In total this EU-funded project will establish 160 Power Kiosks.

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SOLARKIOSK speaks at World Energy Council 2016 in Istanbul

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gh-sesSOLARKIOSK was invited as a guest speaker to the World Energy Council, one of the largest and most prestigious public events in the energy sector. Political leaders, regulators, utilities, conventional energy suppliers and innovative business models, like SOLARKIOSK, met for four days to discuss the future of energy with all its enormous challenges and untapped opportunities.
 

While global energy demand will increase by approximately 50% by 2050 (25% by 2030), decarbonisation, digitalisation and decentralisation are the main drivers of the sector. Cyber, extreme weather and the energy-water-food nexus are demanding for resilience and a new thinking.

Andreas Spiess, CEO of SOLARKIOSK, urged the energy leaders to “be faster and smarter.” Small innovative companies like SOLARKIOSK with its last mile “behind the meter” distribution approach can contribute significantly to solve urgent problems at the Base of the Pyramid, where approximately 1,5b people do not have access to energy and are therefore excluded from economic development and often forced to migrate. However, these new solutions need secure regulatory framework, quick access to finance, and the collaboration of the large industry players to scale their impact. 
 

Andreas was invited to speak about SOALRKIOSK’s experience in local capacity building, as the company manufactures its solution locally in three African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana. At several roundtable discussions, Andreas advocated the interests of those people who are currently excluded from universal access to energy. He showed the opportunity in a market where the poorest people spend up to 100 times more for energy services than people in Europe and the US. Global expenditures for off-grid lighting alone are 30b USD annually (vs. 25b USD in the on-grid world). “The world can only be changed with impactful, sustainable, e.g. profitable, and scalable solutions. SOLARKIOSK is certainly one of them. So we are asking the energy leaders for full support.”
 
SOLARKIOSK is the energy-connectivity gateway to the Base-of-the-pyramid and a last mile distribution channel to underserved markets. SOLARKIOSK currently operates 150 projects in 11 countries, providing approximately 1,5m people with energy services. SOLARKIOSK develops and implements sustainable smart renewable energy solutions “behind the meter”, embedding connectivity, education, health, clean water and financial inclusion. SOLARKIOSK goes where people are most in-need, to remote rural off-grid areas in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as refugee camps in the Middle East.

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Story of the day: Operator Training Rwanda

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Operator Training in Kigali (Rwanda) from the 4th-5th Sept

 

We are happy to congratulate the newest edition of Operators that joined the SK team in Rwanda. After a seemingly short time of education we now have small group of motivated and young new Operators ready and excited to engage in this field of profession. From installation of Solar products to the proper maintenance of the SOLARKIOSK istelf, every step in understading the responsibilites as a Operator is crucial for the proficiency we maintain and generally advocate… The importance of this position cannot be stressed enough. The Operator runs the Kiosk in every way physically possible and by doing so creates the intended impact. A good Operator makes the Kiosk flourish contrary to a bad Operator. Sure, we enable the opportunity but at the end of the day, the Individual standing in the Kiosk decides if she or he is willing to truly operate this business or not.

 

So the winds of change have brought about a new tide, flooding the shore with new Life.
With this Life spawns the vision tearing asunder the ignorance and prejudice built over time sustaining the illusion of separation we suffer from as humans.

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Made in Ghana E-HUBB

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SOLARKIOSK AG PRODUCES ITS FIRST “MADE IN GAHNA E-HUBB” FOR ELECTRIFICATION OF UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES IN GHANA

 

 

Partnership with DEG and local manufacturers in Ghana enables an innovative ‘off-grid’ power and connectivity solution for rural population

 

BERLIN/ACCRA, 8 SEPTEMBER 2016 –  SOLARKIOSK AG PRODUCES THE FIRST “MADE IN GHANA E-HUBB”  – SOLARKIOSK AG, the energy and connectivity gateway and last mile distribution to Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide, announced today the inauguration of its first locally manufactured E-HUBB in Accra, Ghana, in the historical district of Jamestown.

 

This E-HUBB prototype aims to promote and support an award winning design-technology “Made in Ghana”. The project is co-funded by the German DFI Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) and includes a nationwide survey of locally available production facilities, engineering, project and quality management. The project was coordinated and realized by Solarkiosk Ghana Ltd. which is an affiliate of SOLARKIOSK AG.

The purpose of the project is to reduce C02 emissions and deforestation as well as to empower people through the access to clean energy. The E-HUBB produces 2 kWp of electricity and serves as an outlet for renewable energy products, services and solutions. The E-HUBB offers – amongst others – quality affordable solar products, appliances run by solar energy and efficient cooking stoves. Not only does the local manufacturing create job opportunities on site, the access to energy through the E-HUBB also supports new business fields such as banking, telecommunication and retail in underserved remote off-grid areas and communities.

The E-HUBB primarily targets rural off-grid areas. Considering the growing need for energy in private households and use of mobile phones and internet, the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB technology makes a significant difference to the quality of life for rural population.

Andreas Spiess, CEO of SOLARKIOSK, said, “SOLARKIOSK – together with its  partners – operates more than a hundred projects across Subsaharan Africa. We have designed our award winning technology to be manufactured locally because this brings costs down and local productivity up. We are particularly proud that our first E-HUBB made in West Africa was manufactured in Ghana which has the potential to become our West African manufacturing hub. Our E-HUBB solution offers access to solar energy, connectivity, telecom tower electrification, rural agent banking and supply of quality beverages and daily consumer goods. Our aim is to further export E-HUBBs to Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso and Senegal”.

 

For further information please contact:

SOLARKIOSK AG

Andreas Spiess, CEO
Tel. No. +49 30 284 72 45 60
angela.salender@solarkiosk.eu

 

About SOLARKIOSK

SOLARKIOSK enables and empowers the sustainable economic, social, and environmental development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions. Intertwining the award-winning SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB technology with an inclusive business model, SOLARKIOSK fosters local entrepreneurship at the BoP.

 

The award winning technology and building solution E-HUBB was designed by the internationally renowned GRAFT architects who co-founded the company SOLARKIOSK AG together with CEO Andreas Spiess. It is a modular, robust, secure, multi-functional and lightweight unit that is expandable and easily transportable even to remote areas. The E-HUBB is tailored for the 1.5 billion people worldwide who don´t have reliable access to energy, including 60 million refugees and IDPs. By the end of 2016, more than 200 E-HUBBs will be operating in three continents.

 

SOLARKIOSK AG is based in Berlin, Germany. The company has established six affiliate companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and has implemented projects on three continents.

 

Solarkiosk Website: www.solarkiosk.eu

Contact Email: welcome@solarkiosk.eu

 

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About DEG
For more information about DEG: visit: http://www.deginvest.de

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Story of the day: The children

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This Story is dedicated to the children, benefitting directly from SOLARKIOSK whilst inspiring us to continue our effort consistently and consecutively. The phenomena that each of our projects is ubiquitously celebrated by children across rural Africa is a true blessing.

 

The fascination always surfaces in the eyes of the kids as they gaze upon the site clearly delighted by the atmosphere emitted by SOLARKIOSK. This correlation is a refreshing breeze for our team whenever engaged by their little brothers and sisters.

The lack of resources doesn’t seem to bother the children´s ever abundant creativity, as depicted below; a constellation of literal trash weaved into a fabrication resembling a unique and artistic version of a bobby cart. Nimble novelty occurring in places yet to be globalised, the evolutionary trademark of nature.

 

Depicted here (by children) is the connected solar grid area near the refugee camp in Jordan which SOLARKIOSK enabled electricity and internet for the school. The estimated 1000 children here enjoy a clean, anxiety free, and energy sufficient School life and we are happy to provide it along with our partners. These Kid’s are actual refugees who lost their homes and some even their families which makes the school and people they are with detrimental for their remaining childhood. This is the definition of impact.

 

Very well connected with nature as one can see, children tend to scope the lands from their advantage point, protected from the eyes of adults in the heights of the tree while enjoying the panoramic view. Being accepted and loved by the children is a great reassurance for our work directive and personal initiative; a true blessing.

 

 

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Hubertus Dornieden has joined SOLARKIOSK as Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Hubertus has a remarkable track record: after gaining valuable experience at HSBC, KPMG and the German Privatization Agency (Treuhandanstalt) he worked as CFO and CEO for various German medium size high-tec companies such as LINOS, Qioptiq and Kappa Optronics. SOLARKIOSK is happy to welcome Hubertus to the team and looks forward to growing together.

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