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  • Farm house

    Monthly: 65,000 UGX

    Deposit: 240,000 UGX

    Cash Price: UGX

    50 Wp

    for radio & phone, 3 lights (8hrs)

  • House

    Monthly: 135,000 UGX

    Deposit: 590,000 UGX

    Cash Price: UGX

    100 Wp

    for radio & phone, 6 lights, TV/DVD

  • Villa

    Monthly: 185 UGX

    Deposit: 810 UGX

    Cash Price: UGX

    150 Wp

    for radio & phone, 9 lights, large TV/DVD

  • Mansion

    Monthly: 255 UGX

    Deposit: 1 UGX

    Cash Price: UGX

    200 Wp

    for radio & phone, 9 lights TV, fridge

  • New House

    Monthly: 305 UGX

    Deposit: 1 UGX

    Cash Price: UGX

    250 Wp

    for radio & phone, 12 lights, large TV, fridge

  • Salon

    Monthly: 120 UGX

    Deposit: 530 UGX

    Cash Price: UGX

    100 Wp

    for radio & phone, 3 lights, inverter (36 shaves)

  • School

    Monthly: 230 UGX

    Deposit: 1 UGX

    Cash Price: UGX

    200 Wp

    for radio & phone, 18 lights inverter

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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)
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

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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!

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.