About SolarNow

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


The year SolarNow was founded


Current number of SolarNow branches across Uganda


Current number of SolarNow branches across Kenya


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New installed off-grid solar capacity


Tons of greenhouse gas emissions avoided


SolarNow sells high quality solar energy solutions in Uganda and Kenya. The products meet European quality standards and come with installation and up to 5 years warranty. The company further provides 5 years free service to its clients. Clients can opt to pay the products in monthly installments.

We offer our solutions to residential, commercial and industrial customers. 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 CFO (to be announced soon)

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.” https://www.linkedin.com/in/willem-nolens-b0b661a/


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”



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

SolarNow Supervisory Board

The company is supervised by a Supervisory Board, consisting of Emma Schofield (Chair), Andrew Carruthers, Martin Lustenberger, Graham Shaw and Jan Willem van der Velden.

Emma Schofield


Emma is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers UK, currently based in Nairobi, Kenya where she leads the development of PwC’s business with international donors across East Africa. Emma worked as a business mentor for SolarNow in 2014 and thereafter joined the Supervisory Board, taking up the role of Chair. https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-schofield-184482b/

Andrew Carruthers

Board Member

Andrew is a Venture Capital investor and Managing Partner at Novastar Ventures Ltd. He was also a founder of SPARK Ventures, one of the UK’s leading early stage venture capital firms. For the last 17 years he has managed venture funds investing across Europe, India and China, launching a number of well-known technology and biomedical companies in the process. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-carruthers-7a566a/

Martin Lustenberger

Board Member


Graham Shaw

Board Member


Jan Willem van der Velden

Board Member

Jan Willem van der Velden is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience. He advises investment funds, asset managers and insurance companies both on regulatory issues and on the structuring and restructuring of investment funds, asset pooling and other investment management activities. https://www.linkedin.com/in/janwillemvandervelden/

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Latest News

SolarNow Achieves B Corporation Certification

Congratulations to SolarNow, we have done it! We received Certification as a B Corporation. The Certification was delivered by Ms. Olivia Muiru – Executive Director B-Lab East Africa the certifying body for B Corporations in East Africa. B…

'We are excited to announce our latest funding from SunFunder together with responsAbility and Oikocredit. The 9M$ facility is our 3rd and largest structured asset finance instrument, enabling us to reach 17500 off grid customers in Uganda'

SOLARNOW AND SUNFUNDER ANNOUNCE $9M DEBT FINANCING WITH OIKOCREDIT AND RESPONSABILITY     Kampala-based off-grid solar company SolarNow closes largest-yet receivables financing facility with SunFunder, Oikocredit and responsAbility   The…

SolarNow is making an impact both for the clients and employees.

Solar energy helping to give someone opportunities for economic mobility is incredible. SolarNow endeavors to provide quality systems with flexible payment options from small households to Large corporate institutions. Many lives have been positively…