10 African startups offering green energy solutions


The energy crisis in Africa is immense. 
Around three quarters of the population in Sub Saharan Africa have no access to electricity, and also companies express access to power as their biggest obstacle. At Venture Capital for Africa, the biggest online community connecting African entrepreneurs and investors, many startups are focused on offering (green) energy solutions. See the selection below, and follow the ones you like!

 GreenEnergyPark™ – South Africa – Philipp Steiner
GreenEnergyPark™s are small commercial developments in rural areas that convert biomass (agricultural residues) into energy, chemicals and commercial products. They’ll provide rural jobs, contribute to food security (additional farming revenue) and its goods replace fossil based products. See their VC4Africa profile >>

 Solarkiosk Solutions PLC – Ethiopia – Sasha Kolopic
SOLARKIOSK is a highly optimized kiosk with solar panels on top. Once installed, it becomes a compact, affordable and sturdy shop offering energy, products, tools and services. The SOLARKIOSK is designed for “off-grid areas” –not connected to an electricity grid. An estimated 800 million people in Africa live in such areas. “This is a huge untapped market, which the SOLARKIOSK will be the first to enter.” See their VC4Africa profile >>

 Dungo Energy Solutions PLC – Ethiopia – Yoseph Berhane
Dungo Energy Solutions PLC is an early stage private company established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, engaged in the distribution of all types of solar lanterns in Ethiopia. Our solar lantern distribution company is currently building up its own distribution network from scratch and is seeking venture funding for its solar Lantern distribution project in Ethiopia. See their VC4Africa profile >>

 Mobile Solar Cell Phone Kiosk – Rwanda – Henri Nyakarundi
The Mobile Solar Cell Charger is an alternative to regular cell phone chargers. The Mobile Solar Cell Phone Kiosk uses a franchise model: franchisees will be low income, motivated with entrepreneurial spirits. Revenue streams are offered to these people, who offer energy solutions for cell phones in areas that have no or low access to electricity. The company A.R.E.D. is seeking for partners and investors to increase their market share in the renewable energy industry in East Africa. See their VC4Africa profile >>

 Barefoot Power Africa (West and Central Africa) – Ghana – Kwasi Gyeabour
Barefoot Power is a social enterprise that focuses on providing affordable lighting and phone charging products specifically for low income populations that do not have access to electricity. Founded in 2005, Barefoot Power has impacted the lives of over 1 million people in over 20 countries and our mission is, to bring affordable renewable energy and efficient lighting to 5 million people by 2012 and 10 million people by 2015 and help eradicate energy poverty. Barefoot Power is calling for potential importers/distributors/investors/NGOs in Ghana to be part of the distribution channel for solar products we are developing. See their VC4Africa profile >>

 Jigsaw Solar Limited – Ghana – Benjamin Ofori
Jigsaw Solar is a green energy consumer goods business. Products in our portfolio are solar mobile charging lanterns, solar radio with a lamp option, solar home systems and solar water heaters. We aspire to become a home brand and market leader in select countries in Western Africa through innovative delivery. See their VC4Africa profile >>

 African Alternative Energy Solutions – Uganda – Harry Nielsen
“Drive an Hour and you have FREE power”. The Auto PowerStation uses a vehicle’s generating capability to generate and store free electricity for later use. “We have signed MOUs with major organizations to offer alternative energy solutions to their employees. … We have had requests from several other countries in the region to bring our products there, but have turned them down at this time as we have our hands full in Uganda.” See their VC4Africa profile >>

 Renewables Hub Africa Ltd – Kenya – George Mosomi
Renewables Hub Centre is a collaborative space for creatives and youth to achieve solutions in energy management and innovative design of renewables solutions. The hub houses, fosters and catalyzes creative and community driven projects that utilize energy management solutions. The hub also carries out energy audits that are able to determine the exact cost of transformation of facilities to renewable energy sources. See their VC4Africa profile >>

 Solergy / Uncontained Living – South Africa – Justin Beswick
“Our heat pumps use a unique way of heating water. … Comparing kilowatt for kilowatt, our Heat Pumps are 20% more efficient than any other heat pump on the market.” Before the Solergy heat pump this entrepreneur produced eco-friendly housing units, under the name ‘Uncontained Living’. See their VC4Africa profile >>

 Affordable Energy Solutions Ltd – Nigeria – Tukur Kazaure
Affordable Energy Solutions Ltd, is a renewable energy company providing solar panels, inverters, deep cycle batteries, charge controllers etc. “We can drill boreholes and power it with solar energy”. Affordable Energy Solutions Ltd was awarded Best Renewable Energy Engineering Company 2012 at the 2012 African Governance & Corporate Leadership Awards of Nigeria’s Institute for Government Research & Leadership Technology. See their VC4Africa profile >>

All listed startups are registered at VC4Africa, the biggest and fastest growing online community connecting African entrepreneurs and investors. Many more ventures can be found on VC4Africa: more than five hundred venture profiles have been published, from over thirty-five African countries. Here you can find them all, and also search and sort them to explore specific sectors or countries. Want to register your own startup? After joining VC4Africa you can register your venture here. Looking for funding? Registered ventures can follow the five steps to fundraising on VC4Africa.