There’s more to carbon offsetting than planting trees. Namene Solar’s innovative carbon offsetting solar project is the first of its kind in Zambia. Our lights cut carbon emissions, reduce poverty and have truly life-changing impacts.
In rural Zambia, 90% of people live below the extreme poverty line of $1.25 a day. This means they also live in energy poverty, without access to electricity.
They rely on dangerous, expensive fossil-fuel based lighting such as kerosene lamps. These lamps emit carbon dioxide and can cause fatal fires.
Our solar lights replace these outdated, toxic lamps with clean, renewable solar light at the push of a button. …
Sometimes, the journey our lights make to reach the hands of people who need them most, can be a dangerous one.
But with the help of the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF) and the Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA) we’re supporting children’s learning in Gaza with our SM100 solar lights.
The situation in Gaza is complex. For children, their daily reality is one of disruption and uncertainty. Amidst their struggle to meet basic needs, they face blackouts and energy shortages which can make a simple task like doing homework almost impossible after dark.
That’s where our solar lights, distributed with the help of the IDRF and CFTA, can have a real impact in their lives by restoring a piece of security with a clean, safe light in their homes. …
One year ago Namene Solar won a British Award for African Development (BRAAD) for our innovative African business model.
Today we’re celebrating by looking back on a year of impact and sharing some of our highlights from the last twelve months.
As full-service solar specialists, Namene Solar powers everyday needs and recreational activities all over the world. From providing light for students’ homework and powering schools and small businesses, to cycling and camping.
Our products and projects change lives.
In February 2020 our team visited Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, to donate our award-winning SM100 solar head torches to rangers working round the clock to protect one of the last Northern White Rhino in the world. The last of their species, the rhino have been pushed to extinction by poachers who often strike under the cover of darkness. Spotting poachers in the dark is a nearly impossible task. But the SM100, with two brightness settings and up to 16 hours of light, helps the rangers spot potential danger and keep the rhino safe within the reserve. …
The awards season this year will be quiet, but the Namene Solar team are looking back on a year of impact, after winning the ‘Innovative African Business Model of the Year’ Award.
Namene’s business model was praised for its innovation and unique approach to providing scalable, solar powered products and installations to customers to power their lives and businesses.
The British Award for African Development (BRAAD) is a business and development forum that recognises and highlights the exceptional achievements within the African Diaspora that focus on innovative business ideas and entrepreneurship.
The awards ceremony was held on 24th October and showcased industry expertise and thought leadership across six categories: Business & Enterprise, Community and Social Development, Innovation & Technology, Diplomacy, Media & Entertainment, Finance & Technology. …
by Ramin Dilmaghanian, Projects Director and Beatrice Moda, Associate Projects Director at Namene Solar
The way electricity is transmitted and distributed in the UK is evolving in a way that can accelerate progress in the fight against climate change.
An increasing number of distributed generators — that is technologies that generate electricity at or near where it will be used, are connecting to the grid, and they are doing so at almost all voltage levels.
To accommodate the growing number of these distributed generators, Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) have been pushed to find cost effective solutions for these new generators to be able to access their networks. …
By Jason Wallis, Finance Director at Namene Solar
Changes to VAT and import tariffs for solar materials and equipment could jeopardise regional progress towards energy access and environmental targets.
Namene Solar is celebrating the synergy of our brands. We have unified our branches that extend into both the off-grid and commercial and industrial space. This, combined with our Nairobi-based and international team, gives us a unique, aerial view of the sector
Yet this exciting company announcement comes at the same time as a considerable blow to the sector in Kenya, solar’s powerhouse in East Africa.
As of July 1st, all solar materials and equipment are now subject to 14% VAT, as laid out by the Kenyan Revenue Authority’s latest finance bill. Amendments to the East African Community legislation also mean that solar lanterns — which were previously exempt from import duties — are now subject to 25% import duty. …