What problem are you trying to solve?
There is a lack of real-time and aggregated data needed for the energy suppliers to more efficiently serve rural communities without access to electricity. Energy solutions providers such as solar companies lack access to qualified leads and reliable data of rural communities and small businesses to be able to scale energy access through the provision of standalone systems and mini-grids solutions.
Many rural communities and small businesses in Uganda are still without access to electricity for productive use because they are remotely located and little data is available about them. The households and small businesses are therefore considered not “obvious customers” to energy providers because they are predominantly agriculture-related businesses ranging from dairy farming, poultry, to agriculture produce value addition businesses, their financial situation is unknown, have undocumented diverse energy needs, and the cost of these customer acquisitions by energy providers is high.
What is your solution to this problem?
SolarPipo is a go-to solution for renewable energy solutions providers in need of a comprehensive platform that collects and aggregates real-time location-based energy demand data and leads to inform their deployment decisions. We collect comprehensive profiles of small businesses and rural communities in Uganda that need access to energy, capturing important data points ranging from energy demand, preferences, productive use activity type, location, financial situation, and acquisition timelines among others to match to the energy solutions providers.
Using a set of SolarPipo platform web and mobile tools such as system sizing, financial analysis, unique addressing, predictive analysis, mobile money payments and customer support tools, we remotely generate and qualify leads, provide continuous customer support, process mobile payments and enable renewable energy projects to accelerate electricity access to off-grid communities and businesses using data-driven business models.
What is your latest update on your innovation?
The SolarPipo platform development has been completed and only a few APIs pending processing and integration for the USSD code. The platform currently has over 1,500 comprehensive profiles of small businesses and households as well as potential communities for mini grids generated from Northern and Eastern Uganda. We successfully completed a pilot project by Africa Diaspora Policy Centre supported by the Dutch Foreign Ministry of profiling communities and small businesses in and around refugee settlements in Northern Uganda to explore possibilities of among others provision of energy products. We serviced a pilot mini grid project on Lolui Island with Yasa Uganda and are onboarding solar companies such as Village Power and Anuel energy with access to our platform for energy for productive use leads.
We are pursuing a customer pipeline and partnerships with standalone energy systems providers, farmer associations, mini grid developers, and development agencies in energy in Uganda.