The Kingdom of the Netherlands launched, together with her partners, Orange Corners. This is a place where South African and Dutch entrepreneurs can connect, work together and expand their business. Orange Corners is a platform for local entrepreneurs, startups, who can learn and grow their business. Solar Works! was invited as an inspiring example of how a startup can grow into an international company!
In 2007 Solar Works started at the Incubator of the Technical University of Delft. Still all our research and development takes place there. Now, 9 years later, Solar Works has offices in three countries and is doing business in even more countries!
Every year CSR News goes to rural areas and gives away shoes to children who need to walk to school every day. This year Solar Works joined CSR News on their journey. Solar Works wanted to show the people who live in these rural areas what solar products are and what they can do for them. A lot of people were enthusiastic about the Solar Roof Light with motion sensor. Not to need candles and to have so much brighter light is something they really didn’t knew about!
Since a few months Solar Works! is holding office in Matola, Mozambique. In this country, where 25 million people live, only 20% have access to the grid. This means 80% of its resident are off the grid. Solar Works! will bring electricity to those who need it by offering all solar products via pay-as-you-go. This means you only pay for what you need and after two years the Solar PowerBox is yours and you never have to pay for your energy again! You can charge your phone for free, watch television whenever you want and your kids don’t have an excuse anymore to not do their homework. Are you ready to make your dreams come true?
In September we had important visitors! Persistent Energy as well as the Shell Foundation came to South Africa and Mozambique to see how solar energy is used in rural areas. We went to Magalies, northwest from Johannesburg, to show them how our products are used by people who are off the grid. It was an interesting tour through informal settlements where we could see that people used it to lighten up their homes, become a small business man by charging other men’s phone or just to watch TV.
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