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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Hello again!

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.

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!

Animated: The CO2 savings of the enPower.life solar plant in Uganda in August

07 September 2021

The CO2 savings report for August is out now! The enPower.life solar plant for the first 5-star eco hotel in Uganda, the Aquarius Kigo Resort, has been operating for several months. In the past month of August, our system generated a total of 2417.71 kWh of green solar power. That means we saved 1.7 tons of CO2. And that is a significant amount we are proud of:

To absorb 1.7 tons of CO2, it would have taken 28 tree seedlings (small trees) a period of 10 years.

1.7 tons of CO2 are the CO2 emissions that result from charging 208 421 smartphones.

1.7 tons of CO2 are released when an average car travels 6930 km. The distance from Hamburg to Munich is around 780 km. And even Moscow is only around 2100 km away from Hamburg!

We have created this short animation to illustrate the data.

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