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Solar Kyenturegye Cooperative

Project goal € 64.000,00
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5 yr

term

7.5%

a year

3 mth

grace period

monthly

instalment

C+

rating

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sustainable_energy

Sustainable energy

2. Zero Hunger

SDG 2. Zero Hunger

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Solar energy for a dairy cooperative in Uganda.

Impact

Environmental

The switch to solar energy will allow the cooperative to run on clean energy only, eliminating the diesel consumption – a reduction of 3,000 liters a year that will avoid the emission of 19.3 tons of CO2 a year.

Social

An estimated 37% of Uganda’s population lives under the poverty threshold of US$1.90 a day. Nevertheless, it is the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. This project will improve the living conditions of the population served by the cooperative.

  • Better working conditions: by increasing the lighting around the plant with external safety lights, the cooperative members will have longer operation hours especially loading milk to the buyers’ trucks during late evenings. The installer has already installed 2 street lighting modules at the facility at no extra cost.

  • Greater financial autonomy: with one farm having about 50 farmers, it is estimated that 3,500 small farmers will be positively affected by this project. The current income earned by milk producers is not enough to give them financial autonomy, which will be obtained with a better energy supply that will decrease the cooperative's costs.

  • More gender equality: the cooperative has 12 women, two of them in the leadership of the council who will benefit from training. 

  • Job generation: by building reliable and sustainable infrastructure, this project will motivate more farmers to take up lucrative dairy businesses in Uganda, hence creating direct and indirect jobs (estimates point to over 1,200). Technical jobs will also be created in the solar sector to trained technicians and local people who will be trained to operate and maintain the solar plants.

  • Estimates point to 10% of all milk production in Kyenturegye being wasted due to lack of timely cooling. Solar cooling technologies can provide consistent cold storage for areas with no or unreliable energy access, offering significant impact potential.

Project Information

With more than 8 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, the SolarPipo group is a Dutch company aiming to unburden the processes of acquiring and installing solar systems for cooling, water pumps, and other productive uses of dairy cooperatives in Uganda.

The funds raised through this campaign will be used to finance a solar energy project at the Kyenturegye Katojjo Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society in Kazo District, Western Uganda. The Kyenturegye Cooperative was founded in early 2014 with only 40 members, which owned in total around 750 cows. Currently, it has 64 members, each with over 100 dairy cows and it provides services to 200 farmers, who despite not being members enjoy the umbrella and security provided by the cooperative, which helps them sell the milk to the same bulk buyers at a fair price.

The Cooperative’s board members are former and retired military officers with an average age of 45 years. They mostly inherited the farms from their parents and have been involved in dairy farming for most of their life. Its chairman helped the Cooperative acquire the land, build the milk cooler site, install borehole water, acquire a 3,000-litre milk cooler and a diesel generator (20KVA).

The funds raised through this campaign will be used to replace a diesel generator for a 11,88kWh solar power plant (reducing diesel consumption to zero) and the acquisition of a battery rack (67,2 kWh). By recurring to clean energy, the current cost of cooling the milk will decrease, making the energy more affordable to cooperative milk producers.

Financial Viability

P&E Ltd. is a Ugandan subsidiary of the project promoter, SolarPipo Finance B.V. The company will receive a fee to install the equipment and ensure the project funding. It will also provide services throughout the project’s lifetime (5 years): customer support, training, maintenance, technical assistance and optimization of the equipment usage.

The average cooperative in Uganda would need an investment of € 75.000 (for equipment and loan costs) for such a project. This loan, in Ugandan Shillings (UGX), will be paid back in 5 years at a cost of € 1,867 a month, a very acceptable price for the farmers, given their current expenditure on diesel and maintenance.

The Cooperative has currently a monthly gross profit of € 1,875 with diesel costs representing 34% of this amount (€ 637). After a few months of stable PV supply, the Cooperative will raise some money from selling the diesel generators.

All combined, the farmers have over 7,000 cows and, on average, a little over 1,000 are actively producing milk at any given time. A dairy cow produces on average 5 litters of milk per day meaning that more than 3,000 to 5,000 litters can be collected in a day, depending on the season. The Cooperative collects the milk from all its members, as well as some non-members and it provides collective marketing services. Since its cooler capacity is limited to 3,000 litres, the rest is usually sold to small distributors right at the farms.

Attached Documents

Coming Soon
5 yr

term

7.5%

a year

3 mth

grace period

monthly

instalment

C+

rating

sustainable_energy

Sustainable energy

2. Zero Hunger

SDG 2. Zero Hunger

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Solar energy for a dairy cooperative in Uganda.

simulate investment
Project goal € 64.000,00

Impact

Environmental

The switch to solar energy will allow the cooperative to run on clean energy only, eliminating the diesel consumption – a reduction of 3,000 liters a year that will avoid the emission of 19.3 tons of CO2 a year.

Social

An estimated 37% of Uganda’s population lives under the poverty threshold of US$1.90 a day. Nevertheless, it is the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. This project will improve the living conditions of the population served by the cooperative.

  • Better working conditions: by increasing the lighting around the plant with external safety lights, the cooperative members will have longer operation hours especially loading milk to the buyers’ trucks during late evenings. The installer has already installed 2 street lighting modules at the facility at no extra cost.

  • Greater financial autonomy: with one farm having about 50 farmers, it is estimated that 3,500 small farmers will be positively affected by this project. The current income earned by milk producers is not enough to give them financial autonomy, which will be obtained with a better energy supply that will decrease the cooperative's costs.

  • More gender equality: the cooperative has 12 women, two of them in the leadership of the council who will benefit from training. 

  • Job generation: by building reliable and sustainable infrastructure, this project will motivate more farmers to take up lucrative dairy businesses in Uganda, hence creating direct and indirect jobs (estimates point to over 1,200). Technical jobs will also be created in the solar sector to trained technicians and local people who will be trained to operate and maintain the solar plants.

  • Estimates point to 10% of all milk production in Kyenturegye being wasted due to lack of timely cooling. Solar cooling technologies can provide consistent cold storage for areas with no or unreliable energy access, offering significant impact potential.

Project Information

With more than 8 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, the SolarPipo group is a Dutch company aiming to unburden the processes of acquiring and installing solar systems for cooling, water pumps, and other productive uses of dairy cooperatives in Uganda.

The funds raised through this campaign will be used to finance a solar energy project at the Kyenturegye Katojjo Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society in Kazo District, Western Uganda. The Kyenturegye Cooperative was founded in early 2014 with only 40 members, which owned in total around 750 cows. Currently, it has 64 members, each with over 100 dairy cows and it provides services to 200 farmers, who despite not being members enjoy the umbrella and security provided by the cooperative, which helps them sell the milk to the same bulk buyers at a fair price.

The Cooperative’s board members are former and retired military officers with an average age of 45 years. They mostly inherited the farms from their parents and have been involved in dairy farming for most of their life. Its chairman helped the Cooperative acquire the land, build the milk cooler site, install borehole water, acquire a 3,000-litre milk cooler and a diesel generator (20KVA).

The funds raised through this campaign will be used to replace a diesel generator for a 11,88kWh solar power plant (reducing diesel consumption to zero) and the acquisition of a battery rack (67,2 kWh). By recurring to clean energy, the current cost of cooling the milk will decrease, making the energy more affordable to cooperative milk producers.

Financial Viability

P&E Ltd. is a Ugandan subsidiary of the project promoter, SolarPipo Finance B.V. The company will receive a fee to install the equipment and ensure the project funding. It will also provide services throughout the project’s lifetime (5 years): customer support, training, maintenance, technical assistance and optimization of the equipment usage.

The average cooperative in Uganda would need an investment of € 75.000 (for equipment and loan costs) for such a project. This loan, in Ugandan Shillings (UGX), will be paid back in 5 years at a cost of € 1,867 a month, a very acceptable price for the farmers, given their current expenditure on diesel and maintenance.

The Cooperative has currently a monthly gross profit of € 1,875 with diesel costs representing 34% of this amount (€ 637). After a few months of stable PV supply, the Cooperative will raise some money from selling the diesel generators.

All combined, the farmers have over 7,000 cows and, on average, a little over 1,000 are actively producing milk at any given time. A dairy cow produces on average 5 litters of milk per day meaning that more than 3,000 to 5,000 litters can be collected in a day, depending on the season. The Cooperative collects the milk from all its members, as well as some non-members and it provides collective marketing services. Since its cooler capacity is limited to 3,000 litres, the rest is usually sold to small distributors right at the farms.

Attached Documents

SolarPipo Finance B.V.

Active since
2020
Fiscal Country
Netherlands
Operating in
Uganda
Industry
Renewable Energy
GoParity Loans
2
About SolarPipo Finance B.V.

Founded in 2017, SolarPipo BV is a Dutch holding company, based in Amsterdam. Its shareholders are Ugandan nationals and two Dutch companies - Rockstart BV and Beehaeve. To better deal with all the funding aspects of the group, the holding company created SolarPipo Finance BV, which in turn owns 100% of SolarPipo Finance Limited in Uganda. The latter contracts directly with the dairy cooperatives.

SolarPipo’s main goal is to ease the access to renewable energy for the country’s dairy sector. The company provides its customers, typically dairy cooperatives and farmers, access to a cost-effective and reliable alternative to the grid or diesel generators. Their services answer to the whole sector’s value chain: from the financing to the solar system design and installation; to the technical assistance and system maintenance.

The SolarPipo team, currently composed of 5 people, has a combined experience of over 8 years in the renewable energy sector, product development and management, sales and marketing, team building skills. Its core has been at the helm of management of startups with a keen eye on innovation.

The Business Model

The dairy industry in Uganda is one of the most promising in Africa. Increasing regional demand for dairy products means strong growth potential. Low productivity in many African countries, e.g. Nigeria, Ghana & Tanzania, has resulted in major imports from the EU, and therefore increased potential for Uganda to serve regional demand. 20-40% of all milk production in Uganda is wasted due to lack of timely cooling. Solar cooling technologies can provide consistent cold storage for areas with no or unreliable energy access, offering significant impact potential.

SolarPipo’s business model is based on sharing the benefits of solar systems with its customers (mainly dairy cooperatives). Without any need for investment from the end client, the promoter replaces diesel generators with solar power plants/batterie, owning the equipment during the first 5 years.

The switch to solar energy allows the cooperatives to reduce costs throughout the lifetime of the solar power plants (usually 15 to 20 years). The saved costs are then used to pay for the loan made to purchase the solar installations. The loan interest and the service fees are aligned with local practices, providing enough margin for a reasonable return on the investments made. Besides ensuring funding for the projects and handling the installation of the equipment, SolarPipo remains a close partner to the cooperatives during the first 5 years, answering customer questions, further optimizing the total installation, correcting faults, and optimizing usage with the gathered data. The volume of available projects in Uganda is large, making the growth potential high.

The target dairy farmers are a selection of over 130 Cooperative in the south western region of Uganda with an average size that ranges between 200-500 Cows. In the future, the company is planning on providing water pumps in the future following the same model.

SolarPipo believes in the power of alternative lending to extend access to funding for energy projects in Africa.

Track Record

SolarPipo is currently composed of five members with a combined experience of over 8 years in the renewable energy sector:

Hashim Mutanje

Mwamed Sizoomu

Flip Goudsmit

Erik Luttjehuizen

Leslie Murungi

Together, they are aware of challenges that come with providing clean and efficient energy to off-grid SMEs and they are committed to solving these challenges.

SolarPipo Finance BV was founded in April 2020 and is the majority of the shares belong to its Dutch shareholders, that have a combined 60 years of experience with Rockstart having the most relevant experience in smart energy ventures and startups.

Dairy farmers’ cooperatives are a growing and very important business sector (10% of economy) combined with the milk processing industries and transport needed to bring the cooled milk from the farms to the processors. Usually, the milk coolers use sizeable diesel generators for energy. SolarPipo has identified a list of 7 dairy farmers who cannot wait to stop using diesel generators consuming vast amounts of diesel (which can grow easily to significantly higher numbers). Also, there are at least 100 cooperatives on the list of potential customers but also numerous other parties in the dairy sector value chain.

Promoter Rating: C+

Guarantees

This project has no guarantees. Nevertheless, the company's shareholder provided Comfort Letters.

simulate investment
SolarPipo Finance B.V.

Active since
2020
Fiscal Country
Netherlands
Operating in
Uganda
Industry
Renewable Energy
GoParity Loans
2
About SolarPipo Finance B.V.

Founded in 2017, SolarPipo BV is a Dutch holding company, based in Amsterdam. Its shareholders are Ugandan nationals and two Dutch companies - Rockstart BV and Beehaeve. To better deal with all the funding aspects of the group, the holding company created SolarPipo Finance BV, which in turn owns 100% of SolarPipo Finance Limited in Uganda. The latter contracts directly with the dairy cooperatives.

SolarPipo’s main goal is to ease the access to renewable energy for the country’s dairy sector. The company provides its customers, typically dairy cooperatives and farmers, access to a cost-effective and reliable alternative to the grid or diesel generators. Their services answer to the whole sector’s value chain: from the financing to the solar system design and installation; to the technical assistance and system maintenance.

The SolarPipo team, currently composed of 5 people, has a combined experience of over 8 years in the renewable energy sector, product development and management, sales and marketing, team building skills. Its core has been at the helm of management of startups with a keen eye on innovation.

simulate investment
The Business Model

The dairy industry in Uganda is one of the most promising in Africa. Increasing regional demand for dairy products means strong growth potential. Low productivity in many African countries, e.g. Nigeria, Ghana & Tanzania, has resulted in major imports from the EU, and therefore increased potential for Uganda to serve regional demand. 20-40% of all milk production in Uganda is wasted due to lack of timely cooling. Solar cooling technologies can provide consistent cold storage for areas with no or unreliable energy access, offering significant impact potential.

SolarPipo’s business model is based on sharing the benefits of solar systems with its customers (mainly dairy cooperatives). Without any need for investment from the end client, the promoter replaces diesel generators with solar power plants/batterie, owning the equipment during the first 5 years.

The switch to solar energy allows the cooperatives to reduce costs throughout the lifetime of the solar power plants (usually 15 to 20 years). The saved costs are then used to pay for the loan made to purchase the solar installations. The loan interest and the service fees are aligned with local practices, providing enough margin for a reasonable return on the investments made. Besides ensuring funding for the projects and handling the installation of the equipment, SolarPipo remains a close partner to the cooperatives during the first 5 years, answering customer questions, further optimizing the total installation, correcting faults, and optimizing usage with the gathered data. The volume of available projects in Uganda is large, making the growth potential high.

The target dairy farmers are a selection of over 130 Cooperative in the south western region of Uganda with an average size that ranges between 200-500 Cows. In the future, the company is planning on providing water pumps in the future following the same model.

SolarPipo believes in the power of alternative lending to extend access to funding for energy projects in Africa.

Track Record

SolarPipo is currently composed of five members with a combined experience of over 8 years in the renewable energy sector:

Hashim Mutanje

Mwamed Sizoomu

Flip Goudsmit

Erik Luttjehuizen

Leslie Murungi

Together, they are aware of challenges that come with providing clean and efficient energy to off-grid SMEs and they are committed to solving these challenges.

SolarPipo Finance BV was founded in April 2020 and is the majority of the shares belong to its Dutch shareholders, that have a combined 60 years of experience with Rockstart having the most relevant experience in smart energy ventures and startups.

Dairy farmers’ cooperatives are a growing and very important business sector (10% of economy) combined with the milk processing industries and transport needed to bring the cooled milk from the farms to the processors. Usually, the milk coolers use sizeable diesel generators for energy. SolarPipo has identified a list of 7 dairy farmers who cannot wait to stop using diesel generators consuming vast amounts of diesel (which can grow easily to significantly higher numbers). Also, there are at least 100 cooperatives on the list of potential customers but also numerous other parties in the dairy sector value chain.

Promoter Rating: C+

Guarantees

This project has no guarantees. Nevertheless, the company's shareholder provided Comfort Letters.

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