Solarkiosk Solutions designs, develops, deploys and – together with our partners – operates turnkey solar solutions and business models for off-grid frontier markets worldwide.
Since 2011, Solarkiosk deployed over 250 solar powered kiosks (E-HUBBs) in frontier markets. Solarkiosk led operations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Jordan, and Bangladesh. In total, Solarkiosk employed hundreds and served millions with solar products, solutions and services.
Our goal is to enable and empower rural communities worldwide. Our success is based on the award-winning E-HUBB, a multi-functional solar powered “business-in-a-box”. It can provide energy and connectivity for productive use powering mini-clinics, schools, offering water purification, internet cafés and a constant supply of electricity to local entrepreneurs acting as a B2B mini-grid.
Since 2019, Solarkiosk Solutions continues and expands the Solarkiosk legacy with paramount activities as a trading platform, a solar system integrator, a service provider and an incubator.
Solarkiosk developed solutions for the humanitarian sector, mainly solar powered medical clinics and schools in refugee camps. Solarkiosk worked with partners such as ABInBev, The Coca-Cola Company, MunichRe, Total, Siemens, Ericsson in incubating and piloting sustainable business solutions in frontier markets.
Mission, vision, strategy & values
design, develop, deploy and scale solar solutions intertwined with impactful business models for frontier markets.
become the leading provider of sustainable renewable energy solutions for frontier markets.
- Diversify product portfolio
- Grow worldwide distribution channels
- Catalyze strategic partnerships in renewable energy, connectivity, financial inclusion, health, education, agri-business, supply of sustainable products, and others
- Incubating, testing and deploying sustainable solar powered technologies and business solutions for frontier markets
- Localize production capacity
- Develop finance options through franchise/licensing and leasing model
- Sustainability – Whatever we do, we want it to persist by assuring environmental sustainability as well as inbuilt social and economic incentives to last.
Quality – We are devoted to the highest quality, because only quality products will assure a lasting impact.
- Flexibility – More than anything else, it is our customer’s need that determine the final solution.
- Integrity – No integrity, no deal! We follow complete transparency in all our steps and seek relationships with partners and customers at eye level. We are convinced that the necessary condition for long-term success is a win-win-situation on all levels.
Thomas Rieger, Co-Founder & CEO
Thomas Rieger is a certified quality manager and banker. He has more than 15 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry, including 10 years as a consultant in PV module production industry in China.
“I love to facilitate change through innovation, to bring true impact and to help improving economic conditions and livelihoods. My passion is to identify amazing innovations, to create inclusive, sustainable business models around them and to bring those on the ground, fostering true change and improvement.”
Boris Civieta, COO
Boris Civieta is an economist specializing in microfinance. He has worked as an Operations Manager in several microfinance banks throughout Latin America and Africa.
In 2015 after working for a Swiss fund in Zurich, Boris joined SOLARKIOSK AG. He served as Head of Country Management at holding level and as Managing Director for the Tanzania and Kenya subsidiaries.
Andreas Spiess, Co-founder & non-executive chairman
Andreas' life as a lawyer and entrepreneur has been dedicated to Frontier Markets. Andreas has co-founded and shaped pioneering companies in the field of rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also co-founder and senior partner of a Berlin based law firm, specialized in start-ups, corporate and intellectual property law.
Andreas was the co-founder and CEO of SOLARKIOSK from 2011 - 2019. His experience in rural electrification sector and last mile distribution in Africa was the basis for the critically acclaimed idea of SOLARKIOSK.
Awards and recognition
Solarkiosk was chosen as a finalist for the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020 in the Energy category. The Zayed Sustainability Prize recognizes pioneering solutions and technologies that can change the world and has rewarded innovators and visionaries whose achievements have furthered the global proliferation of innovative, impactful and inspirational sustainability solutions since 2009. Solarkiosk was one of the 30 companies that have been chosen as a finalist from 2373 entries for the 2020 Awards.
SOLARKIOSK won the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award 2016 as one of ten companies selected in 2016. Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Prize recognizes game-changing innovators revolutionizing the energy sector. SOLARKIOSK was recognized on stage at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2016 Future of Energy Summit on the 4th of April in New York.
In 2017 SOLARKIOSK received special recognition from the Alliance for Rural Electrification forum that awarded companies and organizations which have made special contributions to advance the rural electrification sector.
SOLARKIOSK was the winner of the 2015 Erasmus Energy Business Award. The annual Erasmus Energy Business Award honors and showcases the best and most innovative sustainable business ideas.
SOLARKIOSK won the award given annually by the German ZEIT WISSEN magazine. The award aims to recognize projects and initiatives in economics and science that contribute in a significant way to sustainable development.
The Connected World magazine honored innovative projects at a formal gala event in Birmingham, Alabama. SOLARKIOSK won GOLD in the category “Power Generation.” The Connected World Awards honor companies that have successfully leveraged IoT/M2M and connected devices to solve a critical pain point within their businesses while demonstrating quantifiable results. The recipients of the 2015 awards represent examples of what can be done today in the IoT (Internet of Things).
SOLARKIOSK won the Silver Prize at the 2014 German Federal Design Awards. The award Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland is the most prestigious German competition in the design field and is also traditionally called the “Award of Awards.” It was founded in 1969 and has since been held yearly by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
In 2013 SOLARKIOSK won the prestigious German Federal Ecodesign Award which recognizes highly innovative and well-designed sustainable products, services, and concepts that are outstanding in
The prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design selected GRAFT Architects as one of the winners of the 2013 International Architecture Award for their pioneering design of the SOLARKIOSK.
SOLARKIOSK was the first ever recipient of the biennial Carl-Duisberg-Society Prize for Entrepreneurship (CDG – Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Unternehmer Preis) in the category “Development through Innovation.”
SOLARKIOSK won the 2015 Ecosummit Award. The award ceremony was part of the ECO15 London event which included 160 participants from various fields of green innovation and businesses that focus on smart green energy, mobility, and buildings, the 3 pillars of sustainable energy.