Tag Archives: Solar home systems

Interview with Jeroen Verschelling, Kamworks

Saturday October 14th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Jeroen Verschelling, Chairman and Co-founder,  Kamworks Location:  Phnom Penh, Cambodia “It’s hard to go faster than the market” Jeroen Verschelling first designed his zero-energy home when he was a consultant for Ecofys, taking notes in the back of a conference room with experts on how to build homes in the tropics. Verschelling spent three years… […]

Interview with Yonas Workie, Suntransfer Tech PLC

Friday October 13th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Vishnu Raghunathan, CEO & Co-Founder, Lytyfy Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia “The appeal of the product is there only if the financing is there. So we decided to group the product with the financing.”   Doing business in Ethiopia, which has a population of 100 million, has its challenges. 80% live in rural areas, and hydropower is… […]

PEG Ghana: Off-grid solar energy in Ghana

In this video, you’ll hear from Akua Adu of PEG. PEG is active primarily in Ghana and offers solar energy products, including solar home systems, to people in rural and urban areas. Adu notes that mobile money to pay for energy is not yet popular in Ghana, unlike in East Africa – but PEG is… […]

Smart Villages News 114 – When Ronaldo Scores….

Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, In a week when I was not expecting too much, there were a surprising number of good news stories. My number one pick, though, has to be the wonderfully… […]

ONergy: India can’t rely on coal – it must go renewable

Tuesday November 8th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Vinay Jaju Co-founder and COO at ONergy, Head at Switch ON “Energy is not the end. It’s just the means to the end”. Vinay Jaju’s interest in environmentalism first got serious while he was working in Australia and got involved with local forest conservation efforts. When he returned to India in 2008, he… […]

Smart Villages News 104 – Consumers are king?

Thursday October 20th, 2016 - Smart Villages

  Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, A couple of stories this week remind us of the old adage – Consumers are king – and the effect this is starting to have on the maturing off-grid sector…. […]

Aleutia: From solar classrooms in a box to Africa’s emerging middle class

Wednesday June 29th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Mike Rosenberg Founder, Aleutia Location: pan-Africa “I’m passionate about what I do. Passion is not optional”. Mike Rosenberg started his technology career in 2004 at Kelway, a leading UK IT reseller and was fascinated by the falling price of technology and opportunities for social impact in Africa. Given an opportunity to go to… […]

Azuri’s CEO anticipates continued growth in Africa, PAYG agriculture

Thursday June 9th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Simon Bransfield-Garth, Chief Executive Officer Azuri Technologies Location: Pan-Africa “Go where nobody else has got to yet.” Simon Bransfield-Garth is on the cutting edge of the solar pay-as-you-go market for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Founder of Azuri Technologies, Bransfield-Garth is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology. He has been named a World… […]