Global Social Impact Initiative

Africa Greentec is a social enterprise providing sustainable energy solutions in Africa. The questions have been answered by Crowdfunding Senior Manager Jörg Puschmann.

1. What problem do you tackle?

More than 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. With the "ImpactSite" and our Commercial & Industrial (C&I) solutions, Africa GreenTec (AGT) has developed a holistic systems solution that makes it possible to supply entire village communities and businesses in rural regions with electricity and sustainable technologies. We’ve taken electricity to the next level by developing an intelligent system that can withstand the harsh conditions of off-grid regions in Africa – outperforming even modern European standards.

2. What is your approach?

AGT is a German and African social enterprise for renewable energy solutions, which helps communities in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve more self-determination and growth. Our "ImpactSite" integrates sustainable power production and distribution through intelligent mini-grids with efficient technologies for cooling, water treatment and internet access, enabling enormous productivity gains. It is not only village communities and individual entrepreneurs who benefit from reliable electricity solutions. Larger companies from industry and the service sector can also increase their productivity and sales if they have a plannable, reliable and cost-effective power supply. That is why we also want to provide C&I customers with rooftop and ground-mounted PV systems. When companies no longer use diesel power and the largely fossil fuel power mix from the state grid, this not only helps the companies, but also the environment, as it can save enormous amounts of CO2.

3. How many people do you employ?

About 20 in Germany and nearly 180 in Africa.

4. How much money do you need to solve the problem in the country you operate? (estimate)

The more we get the more projects we can implement. In the next months and years about 100 Mio. € are needed. The World Bank forecasts a development towards 210,000 mini-grids in 2030 (there are currently 19,000 mini-grids). If you look at Madagaskar, for example, where we are active in the region Bongolava. Currently, there are living 700.000 people. To supply one person with access to electricity, roughly 100 Euros are needed. In Madagaskar about 30 million people are living with around 10 million of them having access to electicity, thus there is a huge need nationwide.  

5. How much time would it take and what other ressources would be required?

In Bongolava, we plan to provide access to electricity in the next five years. If we got enough investment, we could implement several projects per month - but with regards to the whole nation, it would take between 10 and 20 years.
Other ressources could be advise and help for importing goods more quickly in our target markets.

6. What would be the next steps, if you got the money for solving it nationally?

Implementing more C&I-projects and ImpactSites in our target markets and after that new markets in Africa.

7. Contact information