Video: Commissioning of the 2. enPower.life solar rooftop plant

September 2022

The time has come: We commissioned the second enPower.life solar system! – a 35 kWp rooftop system for the sustainable business community Yujo Izakaya. From now on, the system reliably supplies green solar power and supplies Yujo Izakaya with renewable energy at low cost. We thank our EPC partner EQUATOR SOLAR for the successful cooperation. Of course we were right there during the commissioning and captured the moment via camera so we can share a video from behind the scenes with you:

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Yujo Izakaya is the name of the restaurant in the heart of Kampala run by Hanif Rehemtulla. And in addition to building his restaurant, Hanif has brought together several sustainable businesses that form the Yujo Izakaya business community. All of the companies that belong to Yujo Izakaya are designed for sustainability and are now benefiting from the new solar system. The solar system enables companies to act even more climate-friendly – and to save costs for electricity. Because the enPower.life solar solutions are cheaper for companies than electricity from the grid or diesel generators.

At this point we would also like to thank our impact investors who share our vision of making the world a more sustainable place. With your investment, you all contributed to the fact that we were able to successfully commission this solar system. We look forward to continuing to have you on board as an investor in order to be able to supply even more sustainable companies in Uganda with renewable solar energy.

Solar plant about to be commissioned: installation complete.

07th September 2022

We successfully completed the installation of the 35 kWp solar rooftop system for Yujo Izakaya. Now it is just a matter of final steps and tests before the solar rooftop plant will start operating.

Next time you hear from us, the solar rooftop system for Yujo Izakaya will produce green electricity.

Stay tuned for the coming photos and videos!

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Worker on the roof with the solar plant of Yujo Izakaya, Kampala, Uganda.

Several sustainable companies will benefit from the solar rooftop system on the roof of Yujo Izakaya. The solar plant is about to be commissioned and Yujo Izakaya will be supplied with green solar power.

35 kWp solar plant for Yujo Izakaya: construction moving forward

10th August 2022

The construction of the 35 kWp solar system for Yujo Izakaya is progressing steadily. The first panels are attached to the mounting structure and the solar system will soon begin to supply clean solar power. Everyone will benefit from this:
Yujo Izakaya can reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to environmental and climate protection. The sustainable business community that consists of multiple sustainable businesses, is thus becoming even greener! The businesses also save on electricity costs because our solar energy solution is cheaper than electricity from the grid or from diesel generators. This improves the economic situation for the companies – there is more money left for other important purchases. And last but not least, our impact investors benefit – because on the one hand they get paid a profitable interest rate, and on the other hand they get to enjoy the feeling of taking a step towards the global sustainable development that our world needs.

Green finance – a profitable investment strategy? An interview with the COO of enPower.life

26th July 2022

Our COO Behzad Aghababazadeh just completed the Blended Learning on Green Energy and Climate Finance from renewables academy RENAC. In this brief interview, he shares some of the most surprising insights, and how green energy and climate finance helps impact investors.

 

  1. Behzad, you just completed a course on Green Energy and Climate Finance from renewables academy RENAC. What was this all about?

The course provides a comprehensive overview of financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects from the bank’s perspective. I have always applied such financing methods as an engineer, but this course deepened my existing knowledge and taught me additional skills.

 

  1. What is green finance, and how does it relate to our clients as well as our impact investors?

Green finance is all about redirecting the flow of money from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to sustainable development priorities. It is a partnership between the three main stakeholders: the government, businesses, and citizens. For citizens, it comes down to their awareness of sustainable options, their willingness to pay for them, and whether they live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

With enPower.life, we want to offer citizens a way in which they can contribute to sustainable development whilst benefitting themselves. Citizens of developed countries in the EU, and in particular Germany because that is where we are based, have the opportunity to invest in solar energy projects and benefit from profitable interest rates and positively impact society. At the same time, we offer a more environmentally friendly lifestyle for the citizens of emerging markets.

 

  1. Wouldn’t investors make more money from traditional (non-green) investments though?

Often when we speak about green or climate finance many people believe that it is a type of donation, but the interesting point is that whilst we are helping the planet and making society fairer, evidence is mounting that green businesses offer more economically sustainable and higher returns for investors than non-green investments.

 

  1. What is the most surprising thing you learned in your course?

I believe the way that the banks are conducting the project due diligence was a real anchor point in all these topics. You clearly see how they think and evaluate things while as an engineer, you may never have seen such aspects of the project – and even if you have, you don’t know how to manage it. For example, this includes the risk evaluation of the projects and risk mitigation measures that can be applied to minimize the identified risks.

 

  1. Why was this course important to you?

It is always nice that you can participate in a diverse environment of professionals who are practicing same thing in different corners of the world and who share their experiences. It gives you a more holistic approach to the reality of the industry and provides better solutions and new food for thought.

enPower.life solar panels for Yujo Izakaya have arrived!

18th July 2022

We are so excited and humbled to announce that the solar panels, inverters, and mounting structures for the 35 kWp solar plant for sustainable business community Yujo Izakaya have arrived in Kampala!

We will shortly begin the installation of the solar plant in cooperation with our partner EQUATOR SOLAR. Transitioning to solar energy is a big step for Yujo Izakaya and CEO and founder Hanif Rehemtulla is excited to power his restaurant with clean energy soon. We also want to extend a warm THANK YOU to all our supporters and impact investors. Together, we are changing the energy landscape and contributing to a more sustainable world as outlined in the UN sustainable development goals.

Watch the short video with Hanif to see how excited he is!

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enPower.life on Fingreen: Everything on sustainable investing!

28 June 2022

We are happy about the new cooperation with Fingreen! Fingreen brings consumers and investors closer to everything about green investments as a basis for sustainable development. enPower.life is now also listed on Fingreen, joining a list of other leading sustainable companies.

If you want to invest sustainably, you can find comprehensive information on Fingreen and learn everything about green stocks, green funds/EFTs, and sustainable investment strategies. Make sure you stop by!

One year at Aquarius Kigo Resort

27th June 2022

We are pleased to celebrate our project’s first year anniversary at Aquarius Kigo Resort. enPower.life commissioned the 28 kWp isolated grid solar plant at Aquarius Kigo Resort on the 26th of June 2021. Within the past 365 days, we have already contributed around 32 MWh of clean, affordable, and reliable solar energy into the resort’s daily consumption which resulted in 16.88 tons of CO2 savings equal to avoiding almost 67,740 km of a passenger car traveling. On this occasion, we also talked in a friendly interview with Mr. Fard Kutesa, the General Operational Manager of the resort, to hear his experience from the time the plant was installed until today. We invite you to watch this interview about their experiences and we remind you not to miss the last 5 minutes if you want to see the resort’s solar power plant and its components.

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Holistic Renewable Energy Solutions for the Tea Industries in Uganda: enPower.life, GIZ, and Equator Solar conference.

21st June 2022

Tea is one of Uganda’s main exports and the tea industry plays an important role in the country’s economy. In cooperation with GIZ and EQUATOR SOLAR, enPower.life recently held a seminar at the Aquarius Kigo Resort in Kampala to jointly develop holistic renewable energy solutions for the tea industry.

Our on-site financial expert, Natalia Walton, presented our tailor-made solar energy solutions and showed how financing is also possible for small and medium-sized companies thanks to our unique business model.

enpowerlife representative Natalia Walton at the conference hosted by the GIZ and Equator Solar about holistic solar energy solutions for the tea industry in Uganda.

Our finance expert Natalia Walton at the conference hosted by the GIZ and Equator Solar on holistic solar energy solutions for the tea industry in Uganda.

Discover enPower.life on Climate Marketplace and invest now!

07 June 2022

enPower.life is now listed on Climate Marketplace! Climate Marketplace is an online that connects investors with start-ups that tackle climate change around the world.

We are proud to join the roster of other amazing start-ups that value sustainability and climate protection and are excited to present ourselves to even more impact investors on this platform as well.

Are you interested in investing in one of our solar energy projects in Uganda? Click here to find out more!
Investing is super easy, only takes a few minutes, and starts from 50 €. For our current project, the 35 kWp solar plant for the sustainable business community Yujo Izakaya in Kampala, Uganda, we are now looking for a few last investors to close the investment round: Help us raise the remaining 16.450 € so we can get the solar plant up-and-running and complete our mission!

You help tackle the global climate crisis, whilst benefitting from high interest rates.

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enPower.life at the Intersolar Europe 2022 in Munich: Success for solar energy and sustainability!

26th May 2022

The world’s leading trade fair for everything to do with solar energy takes place in Munich every year – Intersolar Europe. Under the motto “Connecting Solar Business”, solar companies and experts come together to get up to date on solar energy, solar technology, and the solar economy.

Of course, enPower.life was also present at Intersolar 2022 and we were able to exchange ideas with old and new friends from the solar industry. Things are looking good: Within Europe, Germany remains the leading solar market. The installed photovoltaic capacity in Germany is to be increased from the current 60 GW to at least 215 GW (by 2030) and 400 GW (by 2040).

A survey conducted by the German solar industry association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW) at the beginning of May 2022 among more than 1,000 building owners in Germany showed that almost every sixth homeowner would like to install a solar system within the next year.

We look forward to continuing good cooperation with our partner companies and the positive development of solar energy.

Behzad Aghababazadeh and Thomas Frank from enpowerlife and Farhana Chowdhury from Tenka Solar at Intersolar Europe 2022 in Munich, Germany.