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

Power your business or organization with us today.

The Problem

Barriers to solar adoption, according to rural Ugandans:

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

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

Our approach to solving this:


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


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


Locally-recruited shop managers and technicians 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.

  • 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


  • Solution Crafting

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

  • Customer Financing

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

  • Productive Use of Energy

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


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • In-Village Training

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

  • 3rd-Party Certification

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

  • Connection to Jobs

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

Our Results

Field Staff
Since 2015
Since 2015

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, 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.


Christine headshot

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


2014 Fellow

Abu Musuuza

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SPRING Accelerator

2015 Cohort

Village Energy

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Climate Fellowship


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 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 or call +256 757347064/771027068!

Kampala HQ

7A Market Rise, off Namuwongo Road

PO Box 29361

+256 757347064, +256 771027068



Kumi/Soroti Stage

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Liverpool Rd, off Market Rd

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Gogonyo Road, Plot 5

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Ground Floor, Rm No.8,  Taj House

Plot 35A, Rhino Camp Road
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Kasujja building, Kampala Road
Opposite Bank of Africa
+256 770832867, +256 700908673


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


Mile 2, Masaka Road
Opposite Hotel Kas
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