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About SolarNow

SolarNow is a for profit business with Dutch origins, passionate about transforming lives by providing high quality energy solutions.

2011

The year SolarNow was founded

40

Current number of SolarNow branches across Uganda

15

Current number of SolarNow branches across Kenya

106

Average SolarNow Watt Power system size

2.5MW

New installed off-grid solar capacity

210,000

Tons of greenhouse gas emissions avoided

WHAT WE DO

SolarNow sells high quality European standards solar energy solutions in Uganda and Kenya. We offer our solutions to residential, commercial & industrial customers with warranty, installation and 5 years free service to our clients.

Clients can opt to pay the products in monthly installments. Our focus is particularly on solutions that are used to generate income or reduce energy costs. Indeed, solar energy is a clean, affordable and reliable alternative for traditional energy access.

SolarNow Management Team

SolarNow is managed by a Management Board consisting of Willem Nolens (CEO), Lars Johannisson (COO) and a Daniel Mcfarlane Wellington (CFO)

Willem Nolens

Chief Executive Officer

“I love the impact we make: supporting our people to grow into client-focused committed professionals and empowering our clients through poverty reduction, employment creation and sustainable development.”

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Willem has over 19 years experience in establishing and managing social enterprises in Africa, in particular in the field of microfinance and renewables. In 2001, Willem co-founded ProCredit Bank Ghana and then later became the MD. He also co-founded Catalyst Microfinance Investors (CMI), a USD 125m private equity fund investing in microfinance Institutions in Africa and Asia and from that co-founded ASA International, a network of Greenfield MFIs. In 2010, Willem transformed the award-winning Rural Energy Foundation into SolarNow and has served as CEO since its inception.

Willem enjoys windsurfing and discovering new parts of the Ugandan countryside with his wife and three children.

Lars Johannisson

Chief Operations Officer

“My reason and passion to join and work at SolarNow is about bridging the energy access divide. Every business and family impacted by our solutions, are for me a very a strong motivator”

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Lars has over 20 years of experience from the ICT industry from Ericsson Telecommunications, where he has led large organizations in Europe, USA, Latin America. The last 8 years in Africa where he was EVP/COO for Ericsson Sub Saharan Africa, covering 44 countries. He has also managed the Ericsson group wide working capital transformation program with a dedicated focus in RPA, Digitization and efficient process re-engineering.

On his spare time, he enjoys training, family and developing his passion for barbeques

Daniel Mcfarlane Wellington

Chief Finance Officer

“I have a passion for adding value and innovation to improve performance for existing and developing corporations”

 

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Dan is a seasoned Commercial Chartered Accountant with more than 28 years’ experience in Africa, with local and multinational organizations in various Commercial and Financial executive roles in energy with British Petroleum as country and regional leader and business transformation leader for projects in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya and Tanzania over a period of 10 years. He also brings a wealth of experience as CFO and Finance Director from the Agricultural sector including Sugar, Tea/Coffee and poultry operating in Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, and Uganda .

Dan is a keen cyclist and ardent wildlife fan spending his free time   cycling through the scenic areas of Uganda or game viewing in the National parks

SolarNow Supervisory Board

The company is supervised by a Supervisory Board, consisting of Pieter Walhof (Chair), Andrew Carruthers, Martin Lustenberger, Graham Shaw and Emma Schofield.

Pieter Walhof

Chair

Andrew Carruthers

Board Member

Martin Lustenberger

Board Member

Graham Shaw

Board Member

Emma Schofield

Board Member

Our Partners

 

Latest News

Story from our client - Mr Kahigi James.

Mr Kahigi James, a retired Magistrate residing in Jinja town, who has been a SolarNow client since November 2018. Mr Kahigi has invested in a solar powered water pump that he uses for his dairy farm in Buikwe-Kitigoma Village. He keeps a herd…

SolarNow HAS A NEW CHAIRMAN

We are happy to announce the appointment of a new chair to our board. SolarNow’s Supervisory Board met with our Managing Board in Nairobi. During the meeting, our Supervisory Board elected Pieter Walhof as its new Chairman, replacing…

SolarNow wins 145,000$ USAID grant

We are happy to announce that SolarNow has won a 145,000$ USAID grant. This is under the USAID's DE-RISKING PAY-AS-YOU-GO SOLAR HOME SYSTEMS IN UGANDA REFUGEE SETTLEMENTS program which aims at accelerating off-grid investment and energy access…