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 endeavor to equip our communities with solutions that unlock their potential for economic development.

Solargen Team

Meet the Solargen 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

Managing Director

BADR Shariff Ali

Managing Director

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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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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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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KASIM Muse

Operations Manager, Somalia

KASIM Muse

Operations Manager, 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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ABDULLAHI Abdulkadir

Project Manager, Somalia

 ABDULLAHI Abdulkadir

Project Manager, Somalia

Abdullahi holds a Master's degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering with vast experience in Solar Projects implementation and business development.

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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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Solargen Journey

From inception to date

JOURNEY
  • Year 2010 - 2011

    Solargen is founded

    Solargen is Founded in the hostels of University of Nairobi and opens it’s Headquaters in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Year 2012 - 2013

    Seed capital and Maiden project

    1. Solargen raises seed capital and sets up operation in Mogadishu, Somalia
    2. Installs first solar water pumping system for a borehole in Mogadishu to supply to a camp for internally displaced people
    3. Signs partnerships with leading solar equipment manufactures in the industry such as Lorentz and Victron
  • Year 2014 - 2015

    Exponential Growth in Somalia Operations

    1. Solargen is selected from 47 companies for interest-free financing by Somalia Stability Fund (SSF)
    2. Installs its first solar water pumping system for irrigation in a 100-acre farm in Afgoye, Somalia
    3. Opens new branch in Hargeisa, Somaliland
    4. Solargen implements a pilot project meant to solarize 3 boreholes for rural communities in Somaliland
  • Year 2016 - 2017

    Notable Milestone and Expansion of Kenya Operations

    1. Solargen solarizes its 100th community borehole in Somalia
    2. Project implementation of 4 solar mini-grids in Kenya for its partners
    3. Launch of  distribution business division to sell solar equipment to installers in region.

     

  • Year 2018 - 2019

    Awards and Increased Projects in East Africa

    1. Solargen commissions its maiden projects in Uganda, Tanzania and 3 solar community mini- grids in Somalia
    2. Solargen installs solar power system for the 200th borehole
    3. Receives Murabaha Financing from SIMA Fund and completes the repayment of its financing from Somalia Stability Fund (SSF)
    4. Wins Greater Good Microgrid Award 2019 for our mini-grid work for refugee returnees from Dadaab, Kenya to Kismayo, Somalia
  • Year 2020 - 2021

    The Hanti brand and Ethopia’s Maiden Project

    1. Solargen introduces its own brand of Hanti products to offer the market reliability
    2. USADF grants Solargen an award to implement solar powered irrigation projects for farmers in Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties using the PAYGO financing model
    3. New Wajir branch opens bringing services closer to the Northern Frontier Counties
    4. Solargen wins first contract to build a solar-powered desalination plant in Kenya and completes first project in Ethiopia