About Solargen

About

Our purpose

Solargen was founded to address the challenges of the underserved communities in Africa: Energy, Water, and Food Security through fair business practices. All our talent, skills, knowledge and resources will be utilized in the pursuit of this purpose.

Our Vision

To become the preferred Energy, Water, & Irrigation Solutions Provider in Africa.

Our Mission

To provide affordable Energy, Water, and Irrigation solutions to underserved communities with the aim of economic empowerment.
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Our Core Values

Boldness

We challenge the status quo by deploying innovative solutions borne out of open and honest communication amongst ourselves and our partners

Teamwork

We work together and put ourselves in each other’s shoes

Integrity

We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all our actions

Quality

We provide outstanding solutions and unparalleled service that, together, deliver premium value to our customers

Thinking

We are committed to finding solutions to energy, water, and food security challenges in our region

Innovating

We keep iterating our solutions to make them affordable, accessible, and easy to operate and maintain.

Empowering

We endeavour to equip our communities with solutions that unlock their potential for economic development.
Solargen Team

Meet the Solargen Team

Team
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ABUBAKAR Aidarus

Founder & CEO

ABUBAKAR Aidarus

Founder & CEO

Abubakar founded Solargen in 2010 while at the University of Nairobi to provide solar solutions to under-served communities. He previously worked with Equity Bank through their pre-university program.

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BADR Shariff Ali

CFO

BADR Shariff Ali

CFO

Badr has extensive experience in financial management, audit, and Islamic finance. He worked with EY and Hass Petroleum before joining Solargen.

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COSMAS Koech

COO

COSMAS Koech

COO

Koech has a background in mechanical engineering and management consulting. He has previously worked with PWC, KPMG and Intellecap in helping companies with strategic planning and business transformation.

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PHYLICE Shake

Head, Finance & Admin

PHYLICE Shake

Head, Finance & Admin

Phylice is an experienced finance and accounting professional having previously worked with PwC. She has done extensive audit and financial advisory for leading institutions in the region.

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ABDIKADIR Mohamed

Head, Business Development

ABDIKADIR Mohamed

Head, Business Development

Abdikadir has grown within the Solargen family where he joined fresh from college. He has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of the company.

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SAMUEL Njuguna

Head, Engineering

SAMUEL Njuguna

Head, Engineering

Samuel is an experienced design engineer who has 10 years’ experience in the field of power design. He designed and supervised numerous projects in the region. Before joining Solargen, he was leading a substation design team at Stuntech Solutions.

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BENTA Onyango

Executive Assistant & Accountant

BENTA Onyango

Executive Assistant & Accountant

Benta has a background in Finance, Administration, and Digital Marketing. She is a graduate of Kenyatta University, holds a Bachelor of Commerce Finance, and is a continuing ACCA Student. Most of her time is spent working closely with the finance team and the executive. Her goal is to become a financial analyst.

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MAKATA Namasaka

Manager, Retail Sales

MAKATA Namasaka

Manager, Retail Sales

Makata is an Electrical Engineering graduate and EPRA T3 Licensed Technician. He has 3+ years of experience in sales, business development and solar projects implementation. He is an integral member of the business development team with immense contribution to the establishment and growth of retail department.

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HASSAN Ahmed

Finance & Admin Manager, Somalia

HASSAN Ahmed

Finance & Admin Manager, Somalia

Hassan has over 5 years’ experience in accounting and finance. He has grown within the Solargen family where he joined fresh from University. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from SIMAD University and is ACCA Qualified.

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KHADIJA Ibrahim

HR & Admin, Somalia

KHADIJA Ibrahim

HR & Admin, Somalia

Khadija is a graduate of Public Administration, Horsed University. She is the backbone of our staff and has been instrumental in spearheading HR policies that have been transformational.

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KASSIM Musa

Manager, Operations, Somalia

KASSIM Musa

Manager, Operations, Somalia

Kassim has over 5 years’ experience in operations. His skills, knowledge and experience has been very valuable to Solargen. He is a graduate of the faculty of accounting, SIMAD University.

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ABDIRAHMAN Hussein

Technical Manager, Somalia

ABDIRAHMAN Hussein

Technical Manager, Somalia

Abdirahman joined Solargen as an intern. He quickly established himself as a technical leader through his ability to learn quickly and support his team. He is a graduate electrical engineer from Karabuk University, Turkey.

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Solargen Journey

From inception to date

JOURNEY
  • Year 2010

    Solargen is founded

    Solargen is Founded in the hostels of University of Nairobi, Kenya

  • Year 2011

    First office opens

    Solargen opens its first office in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Year 2012

    Seed capital raised

    1. Solargen raises seed capital
    2. Solargen sets up operation in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Year 2013

    1st solar water pumping

    1. Solargen installs its first solar water pumping system for a borehole in Mogadishu to supply to a camp for internally displaced people
    2. Solargen inks several partnerships with leading solar equipment manufactures in the industry such as Lorentz and Victron
  • Year 2014

    Financing by Somalia Stability Fund

    1. Solargen is among two companies selected from 47 companies for interest-free financing by Somalia Stability Fund (SSF)
    2. Solargen installed its first solar water pumping system for irrigation in a 100-acre farm in Afgoye, Somalia
  • Year 2015

    Setup operations in Hargeisa

    1. Solargen set up operations in Hargeysa, Somaliland
    2. Solargen implements a pilot project meant to solarize 3 boreholes for rural communities in Somaliland
  • Year 2016

    100th community borehole solarized

    Solargen solarizes its 100th community borehole in Somalia

  • Year 2017

    Operations expansion in Kenya

    1. Solargen expands operation in Kenya and moves to new, bigger and better office
    2. Solargen installs its first 4 mini-grids in Kenya for its partners
    3. Solargen launches its distribution business division to sell solar equipment to installers in region.
  • Year 2018

    First projects in Uganda and Tanzania

    1. Solargen sets up its first 3 solar communities mini- grids in Somalia
    2. Solargen installs solar power system for the 200th borehole
    3. Solargen completed first projects in Uganda and Tanzania
  • Year 2019

    Solargen gets financing from SIMA

    1. Solargen installs its first drip and sprinkler irrigation in Dollo and Luugh Somalia
    2. Solargen receives Murabaha Financing from SIMA Fund and completes the repayment of its financing from Somalia Stability Fund (SSF)
    3. Solargen wins the overall Greater Good Microgrid Award 2019 for our mini-grid work for refugee returnees from Dadaab, Kenya to Kismayo, Somalia
  • Year 2020

    First project in Ethiopia

    1. Solargen wins first contract to build a solar-powered desalination plant in Kenya
    2. Solargen completes first project in Ethiopia