Tag Archives: Off-grid energy

Profile: Vishnu Raghunathan, Lytyfy – Winner, India

Sunday July 2nd, 2017 - Smart Villages

What is your off-grid energy business? Can you give a brief overview? How long have you been working on this business? Lytyfy addresses the twin issues of last mile service delivery of off grid products and end user financing. We believe that these are the two main factors that prevent adoption of off grid energy… […]

Profile: Deepak Kumar, Lytyfy – Winner, India

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What is your off-grid energy business? Can you give a brief overview? How long have you been working on this business? Lytyfy is a clean energy financing company which helps low and middle income customers to buy good quality solar products and service with flexible financing options. We are trying to increase the adoption of… […]

Profile: Idara Bethel Etukudor, Sunlight Energy Ventures – Finalist, West Africa

Thursday June 29th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Idara Bethel Etukudor is Head of Projects for SunLight Energy Ventures, a company he founded with his wife Christie. He has over 13 years professional experience in the construction industry, having previously worked as Client Representative on a Hotel, 18-Hole Golf Course and Jetty Project for the Akwa Ibom State Government; and as Project Supervisor… […]

Profile: Christie Etukador, Sunlight Energy Ventures – Finalist, West Africa

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Brief Biography Christie is the CEO of SunLight Energy Ventures, a solar energy social enterprise she founded with her husband. Prior to this, she held a lecturing position at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria where she taught Renewable Energy Technologies to Final year students in the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering. She also consults on… […]

Profile: Prince Monsekea, PayGo Ventures – Finalist, West Africa

Friday June 23rd, 2017 - Smart Villages

Brief biography Prince Monsekea is the Head of Solar at Paygo Ventures, where he is in charge of product selection and design and of solar solutions, and managing our team of installers. Previously, he was the Head of the Renewable Energy department at consulting firm ASCOTECH, and Technical Director at solar energy and electricity contractor… […]

Profile: Andrew Carter, PayGo Ventures – Finalist, West Africa

Wednesday June 21st, 2017 - Smart Villages

Brief biography Andrew Carter is the Managing Director of Paygo Ventures. Previously at the African Development Bank, he led mini-grid technical assistance and initiatives to provide debt finance to pay as you go solar companies. Prior to that, he consulted for clients in Côte d’Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo on mini-grid projects. His entrepreneurship… […]

Profile: Check Traoré, Nafa Naana – Winner, West Africa

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What is your off-grid energy business? Can you give a brief overview? How long have you been working on this business? Nafa Naana is a social business making clean and affordable energy products available to the poorest households of Burkina Faso. Nafa Naana implements an innovative business model, which combines a microfranchise approach to an… […]

Smart Villages News 126 – Victims of Success?

Sunday March 26th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Sustainable off-grid energy has many positive benefits: improved healthcare and sanitation, better education, more productive agriculture, etc. But beyond these benefits, it’s also clear that improved security is at… […]

Smart Villages News 122 – Full Partnerships: The Only Way To RISE up?

Sunday March 12th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

      Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, By coincidence, in the week that World Bank launched its RISE report, Smart Villages also held our latest ECOWAS workshop in Togo. The topic was how to improve… […]