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SolarNow BV

SolarNow sells high-quality solar home systems with credit in East Africa. The company has sold 4,200 systems to date, targeting 75,000 by the end of 2018.

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Nijmegen, GE, NL
  • Currency EUR
  • Founded April 2011
  • Employees 70
  • Website

Company Summary

Over 500 million people in Africa lack access to electricity. Off grid solar solutions have the potential to significantly address this. SolarNow sells high-quality modular solar home systems with 18 months credit through a network of 43 branches across Uganda. With 4,200 sales to date, the company is providing energy access to a significant number of rural communities. The company plans to expand to Tanzania and Kenya over the next 2 years.


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    Business Development Manager

    Ronald joined Rural Energy Foundation in 2006, where he worked as country manager Uganda and regional manager East Africa. Ronald’s core expertise is renewable energy technology and supply chain management. In 2010 he implemented the successful hire purchase pilot in Uganda. Ronald currently manages the business and product development, and service activities across our network in Uganda.

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    Willem Nolens
    Managing Director

    Willem brings 15 years of senior management experience in microfinance and renewable energy in Africa. He established and managed ProCredit microfinance banks and subsequently co-founded a USD 125 million investment fund for microfinance. He managed SolarNow’s predecessor since 2009, where he applied his microfinance and commercial expertise to streamline the organization and prepare for commercialization and growth.

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    IT and Finance manager

    Peter worked as country manager for SolarNow’s predecessor in Tanzania from 2009 to 2011. In 2011 he joined SolarNow’s management team in Uganda as the Administration Manager, responsible facility management, IT and Logistics. He is now also the head of the Finance team.


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    De Mul Zegger
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    Meerwijk Allister Group

Previous Investors

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    Management (Nolens, Kennedy, Schuurhuizen, Huisman)
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    DOEN Foundation
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    NL Agency