enPower.life solar energy: A powerful solution to cushion spiking electricity prices in Uganda due to Ukraine war
21th April 2022
We have big news to share: enPower.life has ordered the solar panels and inverters for the 35 kWp solar plant for the sustainable business community Yujo Izakaya in Kampala, Uganda. We spoke to Hanif Rehemtulla, the founder and director of Yujo Izakaya. In the video he gives insights into how the war in Ukraine has affected the prices for electricity and wheat products in Uganda. As CEO of the Yujo Izakaya restaurant, after which the business community is named, he is looking forward to the upcoming installation of the solar plant: It will improve independence and help all companies to remain profitable, save costs, and lower CO2 emissions.
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I’m Hanif from Yujo Izakaya. I’m reaching out to give you an update on the solar plant installation for Yujo Izakaya. We have some great news this week: the contract has been signed with Equator Solar [enPower.life’s partner company, specialized in the installation of solar plants in East Africa] for our roof – yay! The first funds have been collected and the orders for the solar panels and the inverter have been placed. If all goes well, we’ll have everything up on the roof in a few months, and we’re thrilled! We are really overjoyed that our solar plant is coming soon.
We are experiencing a lot of pressure on prices for various things for the Yujo Izakaya restaurant. The prices for wheat and wheat flour have risen sharply. A lot of the grains for Uganda and East Africa come from Ukraine. And so the Ukraine war affects the price of the flour that goes into our pasta, our dumplings, and other items on our menu. Prices have only just started to go up and I think they will continue to do so throughout the year.
Energy costs have been hit even harder; the oil and gas prices and the resulting electricity prices. This is due to the use of fossil fuels for electricity production in Uganda, and this has a significant impact on our energy prices. So the installation of this solar system will really make a big difference, for us and for the tenants throughout the site; to offset the amount of carbon we put into the environment and keep our costs down for all of our businesses. So we are very much looking forward to the enPower.life solar plant coming soon.
And for those of you who are still considering investing sustainably – we hope you will take the opportunity to participate in the last investment round. We are really looking forward to this project. The solar panels will be installed right here on this roof behind us. I’m recording from up here with the three roofs as you can see. Here above the brewery Banange Breweries and Yujo Izakaya is where everything will sit and all the electricity will be produced for us by the sun. See you soon, I’ll be back with more info soon.
How can you compensate your carbon footprint and protect the environment with a small investment in an emerging market?
15 February 2022
Author: Behzad Aghababazadeh, CEO enPower.life Uganda SMC LTD
We started our journey at enPower.life with a successful round of crowdfunding and 192 investors who want to make an impact helped us raise an incredible 144,950 Euro. We allocated almost one forth of this investment to our first project at Aquarius Kigo Resort, the first 5-star eco-hotel in the region Kigo near Kampala, Uganda. But how can such a small investment of about 35,000 Euro in one small project make a difference and positively impact the environment in Uganda in a short period of time?
For the first phase of this project, we installed a solar power plant that is connected to the normal power grid. The grid connection is necessary, because without a battery we have no way of storing the solar energy, and if the sun does not shine, such as after sunset, and the hotel still needs energy, this energy will come from the grid.
Let’s look at the solar power generation from 26th June 2021 when commercial operation commenced to date of writing this article on 10th February 2022:
The chart demonstrates the different amounts of solar power that were generated during each month, accumulating to a total of 18,368 kWh.
But what does it mean in terms of the environmental impact? How much CO2 did we save so far? How many trees would we need to safe an equal amount? How if we compare it to the number of kilometres that driven by an average passenger vehicle and the associated emissions? All these estimations have been done by our online monitoring platform provided by our inverter manufacturer, Fronius International GmbH and illustrated in the following picture:
From 26th June 2021 to 10th February 2022, the solar plant for the Aquarius Kigo Resort avoided a total of 9.73 tons of CO2 emissions, similar to the amount that 250 tree seedlings grown over a 10-year period would sequester, or an average car would emit over the course of 39,065 km.
As you can see with a small involvement in a small project a lot can be accomplished in short amount of time. So far, each investor invested in more than one tree (grown over 10 years!) or has already compensated the carbon emissions equal to driving more than 200 kilometres by car. And this investment is going to run for at least another 19.5 years!
So don’t wait, take action now and make a difference for the environment! Our target at enPower.life is helping and supporting our community to compensate all their carbon emissions, but we need your support and involvement. You can set targets and invest to compensate:
all your carbon emissions caused by driving your car
all your carbon emissions caused by cooking
all your carbon emissions caused by travelling by airplane, train, bus, etc.
all your carbon emissions caused by turning on your lamps, appliances, heating and cooling systems at home
or all your carbon footprint
And the best: Whilst your investment helps you compensate your carbon emissions, you are actually going to make money yourself: We offer competitive interest rates higher than at any bank!
So act now and give us your target! Just send us an email to email@example.com and our team will help you accomplish your goal.
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COP26: The most important facts about the world’s biggest climate conference.
02 November 2021
COP stands for Conference of the Parties and is an annual climate conference. For three decades, heads of state, experts and climate activists have come together to talk about climate protection. The goal is to formulate an international response to climate change.
A milestone was the COP21 in Paris in 2015, at which 196 countries agreed to the so-calledParis Agreement and thus, to limit the global temperature rise to 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures – if possible, to 1.5°C.However, the countries did not have to specify any plans or measures to achieve the climate protection goal.
They now have to do so in the form of the so-calledNDC’s (National Determined Contribution) at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. COP26 should actually have taken place last year but was postponed due to the corona pandemic and is now being hosted by Great Britain in partnership with Italy. Around 120 political leaders, 30,000 delegates, as well as 100,000 climate activists and demonstrators from 197 countries are expected. Some famous guests will also be present, including the Queen and the Pope.
The success of COP26 depends largely on how ambitious and how binding the plans of the individual countries are. In general, it can be said that the industrialized nations are the biggest contributors to climate change, the damage of which is most devastating in the developing countries. In order to help the developing countries make the urgently needed adaptations to climate change and to support measures to avoid further greenhouse gas emissions, the richer nations agreed at COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009 to make 1 billion US dollars available every year. But the countries did not agree on who pays how much, and the target was missed. By how much, however, is unclear: According to an article in Nature, there is major disagreement about how much the rich countries have given the developing countries: The rich countries say they paid a lot, but the poorer nations didn’t receive what was promised. Read more about this, here:
As a host, the United Kingdom has an outstanding responsibility: If the United Kingdom, as one of the richest nations, fails to meet its climate targets, it will be difficult to get other countries to act in a climate-friendly manner. The United Kingdom is facing critical questions: On the one hand, Great Britain has reduced its CO2 emissions by 42% compared to 1990 levels, minimized the use of coal, and turned into the world’s largest producer of off-shore wind energy. But the political direction seems to be twofold: while the UK plans to invest £ 11.6 billion in international climate finance over the next five years, it will also invest £ 6 billion in fossil fuels.
The hope remains that the international community agrees on ambitious goals despite political disagreements such as between China and the USA, and that they work towards the achievement of their goals as soon as possible through binding agreements. One positive point is that the US rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement instantaneously after US President Joe Biden took office, following the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement under former US President Donald Trump.
New enPower.life client: The sustainable Japanese-inspired restaurant Yujo Izakaya
05 October 2021
“The opportunity offered by enPower.life enables us to take the most significant step towards our sustainability goal so far. By harvesting the suns’ power during the day, we will reduce the strain on our local electricity grid and encourage others to follow our example, while at the same time drastically reducing our electricity costs.”
– Hanif Rehemtulla, director of the Yujo Izakaya restaurant in Kampala, Uganda
We welcome our new client, the Yujo Izakaya restaurant under the direction of Hanif Rehemtulla in the heart of Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
The kitchen specializes in Japanese-inspired dishes, and Hanif Rehemtulla is committed to making the dining experience at his restaurant an overall positive and sustainable experience: His dream is to ultimately absorb more CO2 than what is released. To get even closer to its goal, the Yujo Restaurant wants to cover its energy needs with solar energy in the future and is working with enPower.life to do this.
This also means that we will soon be able to offer you another sustainable investment offer! Because investments don’t have to be unethical 😊
We’ll keep you up to date!
Energy Payback Time: When does a solar plant contribute to climate protection?
21 September 2021
Before a solar plant can produce sustainable electricity, a lot of energy goes into the production of the solar panels. The question is: When does a photovoltaic systems start contributing to climate protection?
The answer lies within the so-called Energy Payback Time. The Energy Payback Time describes how long it takes for the energy system to produce the same amount that was required to manufacture the energy system in the first place. The higher the incoming solar radiation, the faster you can get the energy needed for the manufacturing process back. In addition, the grid quality and the electricity mix also play a role in the Energy Payback Time.
Now the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has determined the Energy Payback Time for roof-based solar systems. The study found that the Energy Payback Time for solar roof systems ranges from a minimum of 0.44 years in India and a maximum of 1.42 years in Canada. In Europe, the Energy Payback Time lies between 1 and 1.3 years. With 1.05 years, Sicily comes in first amongst the European countries. With a lifespan of 20 years, such a system can thus produce around 20 times the amount of energy that was needed to produce it.
The study was published in the Photovoltaics Report (PV Report) and looked at monocrystalline solar modules with an efficiency of 19.9% that were produced in China. But how would the Energy Payback Time change if the modules were produced in the EU? According to the institute based in Freiburg, the Energy Payback Time would decrease from 1.05 to 0.97 years for a roof-top solar system in Sicily, and from 1.28 to 1.16 years for the average for the EU.
enPower.life partner company Envidatec is EnvironmentPartner of the city of Hamburg
enPower.life is a startup and still young – but with Envidatec GmbH, we have a partner company by our side that has been active in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energies for 20 years. Envidatec has successfully implemented international projects in over 35 countries. Today Envidatec is the leading consulting brand in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Envidatec has been an active environmental partner of the City of Hamburg since 2013. The Environment Partnership of Hamburg is “a public commitment to voluntary environmental and climate protection in Hamburg.” The initiative’s logo is a well-known seal of quality for exemplary companies. The latest campaign of the Hamburg Environment Partnership is Stadtradeln – city cycling. The Germany-wide competition is a 3-week initiative that calls on citizens to leave their car parked more often between September 1st and September 21st and take their bike instead – and collect as many bike kilometers as possible. In this way, outdoor exercise and climate protection are combined.
Peer Schuback from Envidatec GmbH not only applied for the environmental partnership, but also set up a company team for the latest campaign. And the city of Hamburg provides prizes: Who collects the most bike kilometers and is the winner in the end?
Peer Schuback, Managing Director at Envidatec GmbH
„Climate change is evolving quickly. This year we clearly see the effects in Germany [catastrophic floodings], which is why it is essential that companies are committed to protecting the environment and the climate. We support our clients on the path to CO2 neutrality.“
– Peer Schuback, Managing Director at Envidatec GmbH
We are proud to call Envidatec our partner company, a company that is committed to environmental and climate protection beyond legally binding frameworks.
Watch now: Installation of the enPower.life solar plant for the first 5-star eco hotel of Uganda
Join us and take a look behind the scenes and see exclusive footage from the construction of the enPower.lifesolar plant for the first 5-star eco hotel in Uganda, the Aquarius Kigo Resort. You will also learn about interesting details and background information, such as why the angle of the solar panels matters, and what the tourists from all around the world travel to Uganda for.
The 28 kW plant is a great success and reliably delivers affordable green energy. As a result, we’re saving a significant amount of CO2 and strengthen the local economy of the region with sustainable energy.
Listen now: enPower.life episode on sustainability podcast Green Thru
We are stoked to share with you our enPower.life episode at sustainability podcast Green Thru with CEO Eric Della Casa!
Eric founded Green Thru with the goal to make complex sustainability questions easy-to-understand, and highlight the most exciting startups and businesses with a sustainability mission. In his weekly podcast, Eric interviews the founders of sustainable businesses and sustainability experts, and our CEO Thomas Frank was the guest for the latest episode!
About the episode:“How can renewable energy projects in developing economies be sponsored by retail investors and how are such projects ensured to succeed? The conversation with Thomas Frank explores the logistical, economic and social intricacies associated with ensuring that such projects are run successfully in developing economies. Tune in to find out more about enPowerl.life’s latest successful project in Uganda through the installation of solar panels at a 5-star eco-tourism hotel near Kampala and much more, enjoy!”
Eric Della Casa, CEO of sustainability podcast Green Thru
About Eric Della Casa: After his BSc in Banking, Finance and Management from Loughborugh University and his MSc in Investment Management at Cass Business School, he decided to broaden his knowledge within the sustainability sphere through the undertaking of the course ‘Business and Climate Change: Towards Net Zero Emissions’ at University of Cambridge.
We will be the first hotel in Kampala to produce 100% of our electricity ourselves from solar power.
The enPower.life financing model enables us to save enormous costs while reducing our carbon footprint.
Nina Pirrwitz | General Manager at Aquarius Kigo Resort