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24 months service, warranty, credit & protection plans from 2100 UGX per day; saving & customising possible
Monthly: 65,000 UGX
Deposit: 240,000 UGX
Cash Price: 1,250,000 UGX
Monthly: 90,000 UGX
Deposit: 380,000 UGX
Cash Price: 1,740,000 UGX
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save up to 10m UGX on a power backup system, or 1m UGX per month on generator-fuel
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To make high quality solar energy systems affordable and accessible to millions of people in sub Saharan Africa.
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)
Jan Willem van der Velden.
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 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 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 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 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.
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..