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

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The Problem


Over 400,000 rural businesses and non-profit institutions across Uganda, of which more than 50% are off-grid, and the rest facing power cuts and high energy bills. Powering them enables productive use of energy, leading to improved livelihoods, job creation, and access to services. Their stated barriers to solar adoption:

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Cited Distance
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Cited Quality Concerns
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Cited Lack of Financing
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Cited Lack of Servicing Options

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

We de-risk solar adoption for businesses & institutions through:

Access

Network of branches and technicians across the country to bring our solutions and services closer to rural customers.

Affordability

Customer financing through PayGo technology and partnerships with financing institutions.

Trust

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

Our Solutions

  • Custom Design

    With a fast, affordable on-site survey, we design the right solution for your off-grid or grid-backup needs to boost productivity & decrease energy costs.

  • Off-Grid Appliances

    With our partners we offer refrigeration, water heating, water pumping, and other solar appliances.

  • Customer Financing

    Payment plans are available for qualifying businesses & revenue-generating institutions.

  • Warranty & On-site Servicing

    All installations come with a 2-year on-site maintenance/servicing plan and warranty on all components.

  • Off-Grid Projects

    Fee-based installation & servicing services for off-grid solar companies and stand-alone installations/projects.

  • Mini-Grids

    Local installation and post-installation servicing support for mini-grid projects.

Our Value

Customized Design


  • On-site Survey

    Site survey one of our local technicians to assess your precise needs and develop technical specifications.

  • Custom Design

    Using the data from the site survey and our conversations, we custom-design a system using top quality components.

  • High Quality Components

    We only work with top quality brands with internationally-recognized certifications and multi-year manufacturer warranty.

Customer Financing


  • Payment Plans

    3,6 and 12 month plans for qualifying businesses & institutions.

  • PayGo Integration

    PayGo technology integrations that give you flexibility of when to pay.

  • Monitoring Impact

    We work with you to track your change in income or cost savings from usage of the system over time.

On-Site Servicing


  • Remote Monitoring

    Remote monitoring integrations that communicate to our team’s servers via 3G network.

  • Preventative Maintenance

    User education and 2 years of maintenance visits for installations.

  • On-Site Servicing

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

Our Results & Impact


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Who We Are

We started in 2009 with the goal of bringing energy access to rural communities by employing Ugandan youth to locally manufacture and distribute solar 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

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



Hogan Lovells Comm. Solar Innov. Awards

2017 Overall Winner

Village Energy

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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



Email us at support@villageenergy.com, fill out the below form, or call +256 757347064/771027068!




Kampala HQ



7A Market Rise, off Namuwongo Road

PO Box 29361

+256 757347064, +256 771027068

support@villageenergy.com

Mbale



Kumi/Soroti Stage

+256 782253740, +256  700907975

Soroti



Liverpool Rd, off Market Rd

+256 779904692, +256 757329398

Mbarara



Mile 2, Masaka Road
Opposite Hotel Kas
 +256 770832629, +256 700907986

Arua



Ground Floor, Rm No.8,  Taj House

Plot 35A, Rhino Camp Road
+256 770832931

Masaka



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

Gulu




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