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Member Highlights – August 2015

We Care Solar seeking a partner organization for an upcoming Solar Suitcase program in Ghana

We Care Solar addresses an important gap in health care delivery – that of reliable electricity for health facilities. Our signature, award-winning Solar Suitcase provides sustainable power for medical lighting, mobile phones, and small medical equipment, and reduces obstacles that impair the successful treatment of obstetric emergencies (www.wecaresolar.org). We Care Solar seeks a partner organization to install and test a new version of the Solar Suitcase to 100 health facilities in need of reliable electricity. The ideal partner is an agency based in Ghana already working to strengthen maternal health care. To apply, please send all application materials to Christina Briegleb at christina@wecaresolar.org by September 7, 2015. All application materials can be accessed here.


Schneider Electric rolls out off-grid electrification solution for remote communities in Myanmar

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, and Golden Key Co. (GKC), a Myanmar agribusiness firm, have co-developed a project bringing access to electricity to rural populations in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region. The project enjoys financial backing from Myanmar’s Ministry of Farming, Fisheries and Rural Development. It allows solar-powered smart electrical micro grids to be installed in all three villages. These innovative off-grid solutions keep 800 households supplied with electricity in a short period of time after the decision to invest. Each household is equipped with two LED lights, a mobile charging dock or a radio.


Mobisol Receives DEG Financing

A new round of financing facilitates Mobisol expansion in East Africa. For expansion investment, the DEG (the German Investment and Development Corporation) provides Mobisol with a substantial convertible loan. In addition, the DEG invested in the company, thus providing an additional signal to other investors to participate in the financing for Mobisol. Approximately 21,000 households in Tanzania and Rwanda have already been supplied with high-quality and affordable off-grid solar power systems by Mobisol. This new financing will allow comprehensive extensions. It aims to pave the way for supplying over 150,000 people in rural East Africa with micro-financed solar systems and to allow some 10,000 micro-entrepreneurs to create incremental income amounting to a total of ten million US dollars a year.


SolarNow closes equity funding

SolarNow raises €2 million from Novastar Ventures and Acumen. Providing a range of modular 50-500W solar home systems and DC appliances through a franchise model to mainly rural customers in Uganda, this investment will enable SolarNow to expand its branch network, further upgrade their Management Information System (MIS,) and invest in R&D.


Azuri Technologies: Minister for Power Launches PayGo Solar Project in Central Ghana

The Hon. Dr Kwabena Donkor, Ghanaian Minister for Power, has formally launched the rollout of Azuri Technologies’ PayGo home solar power in the Assin district of Central region, Ghana. Starting with households in the area of Assin Sienchem, the first phase of the program will deliver power to over 100,000 households with particular focus on Cocoa growing regions in Central, before being rolled out more widely. “Azuri is delighted to support this development, and help bring modern lighting and information services to thousands of hitherto deprived households.”


5 African solar startups to watch

Practitioner Network members M-KOPA Solar, Off Grid Electric, SolarNow and Juabar are acknowledged in this Disrupt Africa article highlighting the role of solar PV in increasing energy access across sub-Saharan Africa.


Solar Lights Driving Clean Tech Enterprise in Rural Kenya

Practitioner Network member SunnyMoney is featured in this UNESCO 2015 International Year of Light Blog.


Pay-as-You-Go (PAYG) integration partnership between Lumeter Networks and Fosera
The two teams have collaborated to create the first Solar Home System that is fully integrated with Lumeter’s Charge Ahead platform. Importers can now sell these high-quality products using Pay-as-you-go or Rent-to-own business models. Fosera’s Lithium Solar Home System (LSHS) range is now Lumeter PAYG enabled. The first 500 systems are on their way over to our new friends at Vitalite in Zambia. Vitalite, a last mile distribution company, has identified farmers in rural Zambia who could benefit from such Pay-as-you-go solar solutions. If you are interested in distributing Fosera’s PAYG systems, email info@lumeter.net.


ClimateCare becomes one of the UK’s first Certified “B Corporations

ClimateCare, a leader in the delivery of corporate and government programs to protect the environment and improve people’s lives, announced that it has received certification as one of the UK’s Founding B Corporations. Referred to as “the highest standard for socially responsible business” Certified B Corporations go through a rigorous assessment of their business practices and are judged to achieve higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.


Update on Buksh Foundation’s Lighting A Million Lives Initiative

Buksh Foundation has started a project to provide solar powered lanterns to remote villages that are off the energy grid and would have no hope of being supplied with electricity. There are two “Light Ladies” in each of the villages, who are equipped with solar charging stations and the training to operate them. Each village has been provided with 50 solar powered lanterns to use as an alternative light source, where the only available source has been candles and expensive kerosene lanterns in the past. According to the Buksh Foundation’s website, about 21,750 people’s lives have so far been impacted in 53 villages of Mianwali, Dera Ismail Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Chiniot, Sahiwal, Lodhran and Bahawalpur. Although most of these villages are in Punjab, the project is expanding to other provinces and one village in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a test case.