Repairing solar power, reinstating consumer confidence in renewables
Village Energy recruits local mobile telephone repairers as franchisees and provides solar technician training at the community level. In contrast to other sales-only solar companies in the region, the enterprise enters the market by first repairing broken devices.
Its ability to work across brands and technologies, the development of multiple revenue streams such as phone charging and lamp rentals, and the commitment to repair much faster than other solar traders enable the enterprise to cost-effectively work directly at the village level.
The proliferation of solar energy is spanning almost 100 villages so far, resulting in an estimated decrease of carbon emissions and indoor air pollution by 25%.
Village Energy is a for-profit enterprise that runs the franchise network, trades solar products and provides training and business support for the village-level entrepreneurs
Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) will provide training, testing and certification and will work on solar technicians' regulatory standards.
Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC) has set up a training institute in Nairobi and developed the training curriculum, while continuing to provide advice and support.
The 2015 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.