Our solar shop and technician network is solving the last-mile distribution and servicing challenge in rural Uganda.

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The Problem


Barriers to solar adoption, according to rural Ugandans:

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Cited Lack of Servicing Options

Source: Commissioned research survey in Bugiri & Kaliro Districts, July-August 2016.

Our Solution


Access

Network of retail shops located in rural trading centers, offering a range of products and services.


Affordability

Pay-As-You-Go solar products and partnerships with local micro-savings groups provide consumer financing options.

Trust

Locally-recruited shop managers and technicians with the training and support to be the solar experts for their community.

What We Offer

Solar Solutions

  • For Home

    Solar lanterns and home systems that can power lights, TVs, radios, and/or fridges. Our brands include D.Light & Greenlight Planet, as well as custom-sized systems.

  • For Business

    Custom installations on payment plans that allow businesses to cut costs and boost income. We offer solutions for small/medium businesses and larger institutions alike.

Solar Servicing

  • Maintenance & Servicing

    We include at least two years of on-site maintenance visits in all of our installations, as well as offer servicing & repairs of anything from solar lanterns up to micro-grids.

  • Parts & Components

    We also offer replacement components for existing products and installations, including panels, batteries, charge controllers, and inverters.

Solar
Training

  • Solar Technical

    In-village trainings for young men and women in rural communities to equip them with the knowledge & skills necessary to enter the solar industry as technicians.

  • Business Skills

    In-village trainings in market-ready business skills to enable young men and women to be the “local solar experts” in their communities. Skills taught include sales, marketing, & operations.

Our Value

SOLAR SOLUTIONS


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    Solution Crafting

    In-depth advice on the right solution for a client’s particular energy need.

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    Customer Financing

    Offered through partnerships with local SACCOs, PayGo Solar Companies and other financial institutions.

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    Productive Use of Energy

    Working with our clients to allow them to boost productivity or generate additional income using solar energy.

SOLAR SERVICING


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    Preventative Maintenance

    User education and 2 years of maintenance visits for installations.

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    On-Site Servicing

    Fast servicing and replacements without the need for the customer to travel outside the area.

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    Relationship Building

    Being in the community allows us to build long-term personal relationships with our clients to understand their ongoing challenges, needs, and opportunities.

SOLAR TRAINING


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    In-Village Training

    Our ability to conduct trainings in rural areas increases access for rural men and women.

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    3rd-Party Certification

    Trainees receive testing and technical certification from the Centre for Research in Energy & Energy Conservation.

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    Connection to Jobs

    Graduates have the opportunity to join our network or boost their employability with other organizations/projects.

Our Results


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Who We Are

We started in 2010 with the goal of bringing energy access to rural communities by employing Ugandan youth to locally manufacture and distribute solar systems, eventually selling and installing over 4,000 systems. Through our work in rural areas, we saw for ourselves how the lack of after-sales servicing options was creating a lack of trust of solar in rural areas, and that the entire last-mile distribution challenge was a large, unsolved opportunity. This has led to our current “community solar expert” model, focused on developing the human capital and physical infrastructure needed for a sustainable rural solar economy.

As a social enterprise, we reinvest the majority of our profits to achieve sustainability and ensure the fulfillment of our vision of a renewable-powered rural economy.


AbuA native Ugandan and former Ashoka East Africa program manager, Abu co-founded Village Energy in 2009. Originally focused on manufacturing and distributing solar systems, he led Village Energy’s pivot to our current model in late 2014. Abu is an Ashoka, Echoing Green, and 2012 Acumen East Africa Fellow. Abu is a graduate of Makerere University.

Contact: abu@villageenergy.com

JayJay Patel, Co-Founder & Vice President: Jay joined Village Energy after five years at Google on the Small & Medium Business team. He has extensive experience in sales, marketing and operations, and plays a leading role in partnerships, fundraising, and business model development. Jay is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact: jay@villageenergy.com

PeterA native Ugandan with 10 years of experience in investment banking, non-profit program management and operations. Peter oversees our household sales and marketing operations, focusing on lanterns and home systems. Prior to this he was the Eastern Region Sales Manager. Peter is a graduate of Makerere University.

Contact: peter@villageenergy.com

ania-headshotAnia is an education  specialist with prior experience in international development work with United Nations Development Programme and education NGOs. She oversees the establishment and implementation of Village Energy Academy, including curriculum development, assessment, enrollment, program monitoring, and ongoing management. Ania received her MA in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Contact: ania@villageenergy.com

peppe-headshotGiuseppe is our CTO and leads our installation business unit. He holds a BS in Energy Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, where he was also a Technology Transfer Manager.

Contact: giuseppe@villageenergy.com

SammySammy manages our field technical team and oversees all installations on the ground. He joined Village Energy in 2013 as an in-house technician with experience in both off-grid and on-grid installations. He is also our lead technical trainer. Samuel is a graduate of Makerere University with a B.S. in Physics and Certificate in Solar Technology.

Contact: sammy@villageenergy.com

Judith HeadshotJudith has experience in customer relations,sales and administration. She has a BA in Office and Information Management and is currently pursing her MBA at Makerere University.

judith@villageenergy.com

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Christine has over 7 years experience in accounting and administration in the health and finance sectors. She is a graduate of Makerere University.

Contact: christine@villageenergy.com

RoeyRoey co-founded Village Energy with Abu in 2009 and worked on the startup phase of the company until 2014. Roey has significant expertise in renewable energy ventures that includes biofuel, biomass, solar, and electric vehicles. At Village Energy he worked on product design, business development, installation, and fundraising. Roey currently sits on the Board of Village Energy, works in sales for Tesla Motors and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Awards & Partners



Scaling Off Grid Challenge

2016 Grantee

Village Energy

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2014 Program

2014 Venture

Village Energy

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Ashoka Fellowship

2015

2014 Fellow

Abu Musuuza

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SPRING Accelerator

2015 Cohort

Village Energy

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Climate Fellowship

2015

2015 Fellow

Abu Musuuza

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Acumen Fellowship

2012, 2017

East Africa Fellow

Abu Musuuza (2012), Jay Patel (2017)

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SEED Awards

2015 Africa Winner

Village Energy

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Powering the Future

2015

2015 Finalist

Village Energy

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PDCI 2016

Prototype Model

Village Energy

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Get in Touch

We operate in all regions of Uganda. For your household, business or community solar needs, email support@villageenergy.com or contact one of our offices below.
For more information on our technical or business trainings for your business, organization or project, email ania@villageenergy.com.
For more information on partnerships or investment opportunities, email jay@villageenergy.com.
Current Openings

We are always looking for super talented people to join our team as roles come up. Please fill in the application on the above link. You can also email careers@villageenergy.com.




Kampala HQ



7A Market Rise, off Namuwongo Road

PO Box 29361

+256 757347064/ +256 771027068

support@villageenergy.com


Mbale Hub



Kumi/Soroti Stage

+256 0782253740, +256  0700907975

Soroti Hub



Liverpool Rd, off Market Rd

+256 0779904692, +256 0757329398

Pallisa Hub



Gogonyo Road, Plot 5

+256 779904859, +256 757329373

Arua



Ground Floor, Rm No.8,  Taj House

Plot 35A, Rhino Camp road
+256 770832931

Gulu



Plot 1, Dr.Lucille Corte Rd
+256 770832933, +256 700907981

Masaka



Kasujja building, Kampala Road
opposite Bank of Africa
+256 770832867, +256 700908673


Mbarara



Mile 2 ,Masaka road
opposite Hotel Kas
 +256 770832629, +256 700907986

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