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Transforming lives by providing sustainable energy solutions


To lead the sustainable energy market by offering quality services at affordable prices through client focused, committed professionals

More than 500 million people in Sub Saharan Africa live 'off-grid' and the International Energy Agency expects that the off-grid population will continue to grow in absolute terms until 2030 to around 700 million. Solar energy represents a proven technology that reduces energy expenses, while improving quality of life and health conditions, reducing pollution and improving productivity. Households using kerosene and firewood have a 35% higher mortality rate, of which most are women and children. Replacing the use of kerosene and diesel with solar energy reduces average household expenses up to $100 a year and carbon emissions of at least 1.2t CO2, excluding the multiplier effect of black carbon of which kerosene is a major emitter. Access to electricity is also one of the biggest challenges for the success and productivity of small and growing businesses. Providing energy will have a significant impact to opportunities for entrepreneurs and help small businesses provide services for longer and grow revenue, therefore creating a multiplier effect to the socio economic impact for rural communities.

Operations started in Uganda in May 2011, building on management's 7-year experience with the Rural Energy Foundation ("REF") training hundreds of rural entrepreneurs across Africa to develop solar energy enterprises and recognizing the potential in Uganda to develop a scalable commercial business. SolarNow has since sold 10,000's of Solar systems. The Ugandan distribution network is strong and growing, with increasing levels of repeat orders from existing customers. Client repayment performance is excellent with low delinquencies and minimal write offs.

The Company has a Supervisory Board with statutory powers consisting of:
Emma Schofield (chairman)
Miguel Granier
Jan Willem van der Velden.
Andrew Carruthers
Duncan Onyango


The Company offers a range of high-quality solar home systems and electrical appliances that are designed to fit the needs of rural households and small entrepreneurs.


The management team brings together seasoned and credible management with a renewable energy, commercial and microfinance background.

Willem Nolens

Managing Director

The MD leads the organization with specific responsibilities for business and financial planning, funding and investor relations. Willem brings 12 years of senior management experience in microfinance and renewable energy in Africa. He established and managed ProCredit microfinance banks and subsequently co-founded and managed a USD 125 million investment fund for microfinance. He managed SolarNow's predecessor since 2009, where he applied his microfinance and commercial expertise to streamline the organization and prepare for commercialization and growth. Willem is the founder of SolarNow.

Ronald Schuurhuizen

Director Business Development

Ronald has deep technology expertise and has developed the product range and our local and international sourcing models. Now as Director Business Development, he is responsible for marketing, business development and the expansion to new markets. Ronald joined REF in 2006, where he worked as country manager Uganda and regional manager East Africa. Ronald's experience combines the technical and socio-economic aspects of renewable energy technologies and bringing them successful to the market, especially in emerging economies. In 2010 he supervised the successful hire purchase pilot in Uganda. Ronald is co-founder of SolarNow.

Peter Huisman

Technology Manager

Peter worked as country manager for SolarNow's predecessor in Tanzania from 2009 to 2011. In 2011 he joined SolarNow's management team in Uganda as the Administration Manager, responsible facility management, IT and Logistics. He is now also the head of the Finance team.
Being an Electrical Engineer with broad experience in IT and accountancy, Peter designed and implemented the Company's state-of-the-art operating and financial administration system, SAS and is managing the upgrades planned for 2014. Peter is co-founder of SolarNow.

Charles Barazah

Credit Manager

Charles is head of Credit and responsiblefor the managing the credit quality of the PayPlan portfolio. He leads the training program, delinquency monitoring and inspection, and chairs the Credit Committee.
Charles brings 7 years of credit experience having worked with Standard Chartered bank as a loansofficer and Equity bank as a credit office and later as credit analyst. He combines both risk management and commercial experience. He has worked with SolarNow since 2012.

Siliro Habayaremba

Finance Manager

Loy Kyazaire

Technical Manager

Eunice Wanjira

Facilities Manager

Our Partners


SolarNow attracts Funding

SolarNow today announced a new $2 million loan facility from SunFunder. SolarNow is a solar distributor in Uganda that makes solar affordable through a 24-month payment plan. Through this business model, they can ensure that high quality solar be available to low income households. SunFunder has designed a Structured Asset Finance Instrument (SAFI), which allows SolarNow to finance its fast-growing portfolio of payment plans in Uganda. SunFunder began lending to SolarNow in 2013 with small, crowdfunded inventory loans. Through these initial loans, SolarNow established a repayment track record that helped enable SunFunder to unlock capital from accredited investors for larger and longer-term loans needed to match SolarNow’s growing working capital needs. In 2015, SunFunder extended facilities totalling over $800,000 of loans to SolarNow. The new SAFI facility builds on SolarNow’s strong track record in sourcing high-quality customers and extending credit on appropriately sized solar home systems based on customers’ energy needs and their ability to repay. The facility will scale SolarNow’s capacity to build and service such customers with contract terms in the future and multiply the positive impact SolarNow can make in the region. “SunFunder has been a fantastic partner throughout this process,” said SolarNow’s Managing Director Willem Nolens. “With this financing in place, the board and management believe our business is now well placed to accelerate our growth in Uganda and beyond.” “The launch of SAFI marks a new chapter in our long-standing relationship with a top-quality solar company,” said Audrey Desiderato, SunFunder’s Co-Founder and COO. “Starting with small crowdfunded inventory loans in 2013, we provided larger working capital facilities funded through our Solar Empowerment Fund. The launch of SAFI marks a next step in our relationship and aims to efficiently deliver scale. We are proud to announce this market-leading transaction with SolarNow and play an important role in their continued success in the market.” About SolarNow SolarNow offers a range of high-quality solar home systems and electrical appliances that are designed to fit the needs of rural households and entrepreneurs. Their solar home systems range 50 to 5,000 watts and because the systems are modular, customers can easily upgrade existing their systems to increase their system’s power capacity over time. The company offers a wide range of electrical appliances, including high quality LED lights, televisions, fridges, water pumps and flat irons. Through their network of 36 branches in Uganda and by extending appropriate credit to their customers for up to 24 months, SolarNow makes solar accessible and affordable for rural, low-income households and businesses. The company already installed over 10,000 solar systems in Uganda since 2011. These clients benefit from 5 years free service. Press contact: Mr. John Kizito, Group Controller (, tel. 0788 916 641) About SunFunder SunFunder is a solar energy finance business with a mission to unlock capital for solar energy in emerging markets, where over 2 billion people live without access to reliable energy. SunFunder offers short-term inventory loans, working capital facilities and structured finance facilities to residential and commercial solar companies with a proven track record for quality and growth. SunFunder raises the capital for its loans through private debt offerings that give accredited investors an opportunity to invest in a diversified, vetted, and high impact portfolio of solar loans. The company aims to raise and deploy $1 billion into solar projects around the world by 2020. Press contact: Mr. David Battley, Director of Structured Finance ( .

You can now buy DSTV and GOTV through SolarNow's partnership with Multichoice! //Call 0800700700 / 0788916000

The announcement which was made at MultiChoice Head Office in Kololo will enable SolarNow agents to distribute MultiChoice hardware for both DStv and GOtvat their points of sale and also allow Ugandan television viewers the convenience and flexibility of watching television. While making his comments in a press statement, Charles Hamya, the General Manager MultiChoice Uganda stated that, “This partnership comes at a time when MultiChoice is preparing to embark on the second phase of the digital migration process. To expedite the transition from analogue to digital, our accessories must be readily and easily accessible for our customers, a platform that SolarNow will provide.” He continued, “SolarNow has a well –developed distribution network of over 30 branches in Uganda, which will enable our retail penetration for actual hardware increase by bringing our products and services closer to our customers”. “We believe that our partnership with Solar Now will not only solve accessibility problems but also customer service requests through the customer interactive points at selected SolarNow dealer shops country wide to enhance customer assistance and service delivery.” Charles emphasized. Ronald Schuurhuizen, SolarNow Commercial Director added “In addition to MultiChoice customers being able to access their services at all SolarNow distribution outlets, SolarNow will also be able to distribute its solar panels to those who can’t access electricity and yet need to watch television. Our relationship with MultiChoice will be a longstanding one both at group and local level.This new collaboration is testament of our desire to align our services in terms of brand and market position. We are confident this partnership will add value to our customers and further our vision of transforming lives by providing sustainable energy solutions”. SolarNowhas 36 branches across Uganda that will distribute MultiChoice products including Kampala, Mbale, Luweero, Tororo, Kotido, Ishaka, Arua, Gulu, Rukungiri and Kyotera .

New! Solar Water Pumps!

SolarNow is now piloting solar powered surface-water pumps for irrigation purposes. This will allow crop yields to increase massively for farmers! .

Here are some benefits of solar energy

Solar energy is not only sustainable, it is renewable and this means that we will never run out of it. It is about as natural a source of power as it is possible to generate electricity. The creation of solar energy requires little maintenance. Once the solar panels have been installed and are working at maximum efficiency there is only a small amount of maintenance required each year to ensure they are in working order. They are a silent producer of energy. There is absolutely no noise made from photovoltaic panels as they convert sunlight into usable electricity. There are continual advancements in solar panel technology which are increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of production, thus making it even more cost effective. During operation solar electricity power plants produce zero emissions. The utility companies are notorious for their fluctuating and unreliable electricity prices. There is clearly an upward trend.With solar panels and simple math, we can calculate how much electricity will be generated, and most importantly, at what price, for at least the next 20 years (fixed energy costs)..

2015 Christmas party


SolarNow receives an award

The Rural Energy Foundation from the Netherlands offered SolarNow a reward for the perfect partnership and the good work done. The award was handed over by Karel Prinsen and Wil Vleeshouwer to Willem Nolens (MD SolarNow)..

Work Hard Play Hard

Our staff had a great day at the MTN marathon..

Christmas Peak

After 8 months of operations, we peaked with 500 solar systems sold. People are improving the lives of their families this holiday season..

Stop thieves

Scare thieves. Our solar modules are now hard to steal from outside. Our module feet are designed in such a way that thieves will have a hard time stealing your asset. Update: up till September 2015, no modules have been stolen! 3 reported TRY cases are known, but the thieves failed..

East Africa's Light Bulb Moment

Willem Nolens’ moment of revelation came when he retreated to a monastery in the Netherlands to study for an exam. “I suddenly realized I had a privileged life and felt the need to do something useful,” he recently told me over breakfast in Nairobi. Today he lives in Uganda and runs SolarNow, a company that sells affordable solar solution for homes in remote locations, along with appliances that can be plugged into the new energy source. “Changing mindsets is our biggest challenge. Villagers distrust solar solutions because they have been sold cheap products that don’t last long, or they’ve bought appliances and haven’t been taught to use them properly. We’ve had over 50 TV sets returned because people don’t know how to insert the DVDs. They just keep pushing in more discs until the appliance breaks. We need to train our staff to be more service minded. They can’t just drop off the appliance; they need to make sure the family knows how to use it! We should produce soap operas that show families using solar technology,” he adds jokingly. A solar set from his company costs 200 US$. People pay in installments.“Buying on credit is good for us and the customer. They know they’ll keep getting service, and we know we’ll keep getting paid.” Real clouds over the village In Tanzania, Devergy sets up solar towers serving clusters of 10 households. “We service 900 households, all on smart meters and a smart grid that runs in the Cloud,” says Fabio De Pascale, the company’s CEO. The first step is to get the blessing from village elders. “We do a lot of demos; show people how everything works. Our package includes the power, fnancing, service and warranty, as well as low energy appliances manufactured in Asia that are built to run efficiently. The consumption of a household increases gradually as they can afford to buy more appliances. Smart meters enable us to beef up the grid to seamlessly support increase in usage,” he explains. People buy prepaid deals per day, week or month. Devergy communicates through campaigns, for example, when they go into ‘cloud mode’ during the rainy season and ask people to limit energy use. Home delivery in the bush In the developed world, energy companies outsource everything not directly related to the business. With no one to outsource to in remote areas, Devergy has to build up its own supply chain and rely on locals to get the job done. “We have a massive network around the country and do daily deliveries on local buses. The bus driver drops off the appliance at the village and notifies the local shopkeeper to pick it up. The shopkeeper then notifies our agent via smartphone who delivers it to the customer!” Powering people for better lives In the meantime, Kenya Power is meeting the energy needs of homes and businesses all over East Africa’s largest nation. “Currently, 35 percent of Kenya’s residents have access to power,” says Samuel Ndirangu, General Manger, ICT, Kenya Power. “Our goal is to achieve universal access by 2020. That means we must increase capacity six times in four years. We are exploring all options from hydro and geothermal to wind and fossil fuels. Our three key challenges are availability, reliability and affordability.” When asked what it takes to forge ahead, Samuel smiles mysteriously. “The person who has travelled the least believes his mother is the best cook! Clearly, we must leave our comfort zone to benefit from the fast pace of technology innovation. The range of options is increasing daily. Anyone in a remote location can take a photo of a damaged electric pole and send it to us. From smart meters to social media, everything is changing. We must enable our field force. We must service our customers and staff anywhere, on any device. These are our challenges!”With pioneers like Samuel, Willem, and Fabio tackling these issues, there will be energy options for everyone in East Africa! Along with Sanergy, a company that manages waste in the slums of Nairobi, SolarNow has been selected for the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program which helps promote job creation and drive technology innovation in alignment with the SAP Skills for Africa initiative; Devergy was among the finalists for the fellowship. .

New Solutions - New Products

For all existing and new clients, we now offer more solutions to the rural and urban power needs by introducing more products! Are you tired of paying for hair shaves? Get your own clipper! Are you having a laptop or want one? Get a laptop charger that works directly from the solar system, so no inverter pack needed! Do you like our current lights, but you really want something to scare away thieves? Get our motion sensor floodlights to keep your family or business safe! On Wednesday 16th, all these product have been introduced to our product range with nationwide media (New Vision) presence and many of or our high-quality partners (like Zuku) attending..

Mbarara Client Appreciation Day

SolarNow had a second successful client appreciation day in Mbarara on 27th June 2014, main focus was thank the clients for choosing SolarNow and introduce to them the new products. In small focused groups we interacted with the clients and answered all their questions. The occasion ended with awarding of gifts to clients among which included SolarNow T-shirts and caps.

SolarNow aims at being close to its clients in order to better satisfy the needs of rural people. Thank you Mbarara-clients for giving us valuable input.


SolarNow named as break through company in UN report!

Inclusive Business and the Business Call to Action Today - Mapping Challenges, Progress and the Way Ahead’ reviews BCtA’s membership of 94 inclusive business initiatives, and shows strong evidence of progress made by our members in providing benefits to people at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) while delivering commercial success. It also maps key challenges found in each sector for companies that engage with the low-income populations, examines emerging trends and proposes a set of recommendations to governments, corporations and others working in the field..


Providing a range of modular 50-500 Watt 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 its Management Information System (MIS), and invest in R&D. Willem Nolens, CEO of SolarNow, says that with this investment, SolarNow will focus on fulfilling the growing demands of its existing clients, expand to under-served areas of the country, and prepare for expansion into other East African markets in the medium term. “Our business has high working capital demands. The more we sell the more money we need. We are buying the best components and selling them to low-income customers, with just a 20 percent deposit payment. However, this does mean a company like ours needs a steady and ready supply of capital, both to finance the systems before installments are complete, but of course also to plan for future expansion. Equity can stimulate further debt capital, and so this equity investment by two partners who share our vision, is so welcome. It will allow us to do what we are doing, better, and to do it with many more people”. “We see Novastar Ventures and Acumen’s support as a great acknowledgment of our business model, and a shared assessment of the future plans we have. We’re not just a solar product company or a pay-as-you-go service provider; we are an asset finance and distribution company with a focus on renewable energy. Bringing together affordability and distribution with great products is what justifies this trust”, Nolens concludes. Mauritius-based Novastar Ventures and US-based Acumen have invested €2,000,000, based on what they believe to be a great opportunity for scale into the region and product diversification. Andrew Carruthers of Novastar Ventures said: “We are impressed by SolarNow’s well-developed distribution network as well as the quality of equipment and service they provide. They raise the bar for low-income customers in terms of affordability, reliability and service guarantees. We look forward to working with them to scale rapidly into this poorly served market. Duncan Onyango, East Africa Director at Acumen said: “We are excited about our investment in SolarNow, a company whose solar products clearly improve the lives of rural households in Uganda.” A recent update has been published to a 2012 Case Study written by Arc Finance, an NGO consultancy and partner of SolarNow, and which is testing various models for small scale energy finance in different markets. This case study update, which provides more information on SolarNow’s business model and strategy, can be found at Arc Knowledge..

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