Village Power News
December 4th 2018
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Press release: Village Power Uganda welcomes new leadership of operations and sales teams and pushes forward to light up Uganda with local talent
December 1st 2018
Village Power Uganda (VPU) is proud to announce more Ugandan talent joining our leadership. In October, Ms Joanita Nyangoma joined as Head of Operations and Mr Patrick Katende joined as National Sales Manager. Our Operations leadership was further strengthened in October by Mr David Ndugwa, Village Power’s new Technical Specialist. All of the new team members share an excitement about the potential of solar to bring all Ugandans out of the dark.
Ms. Nyangoma brings her experience as Operations Coordinator at a pan-African oilfield service company to Village Power.
Village Power will launch new product range in the first quarter of 2019
December 1st 2018
After three years in the market selling our ‘VP range’ consisting of 6 models, Village Power has empowered the lives of over 60,000 Ugandans whose homes, schools, and places of work are lit up by a Village Power solar home system. Thanks to a deeper understanding of the power needs of those 60,000 Ugandans, Village Power has recently completed a redesign of our Solar Home System and accessories ranges.
As a customer-centric organisation, the redesign was triggered by a better understanding of the needs of our customers and how their needs are evolving as they progress up the energy ladder. Village Power will launch larger TV sets and hair-clippers, and while Village Power is already known for our bright light bulbs, we will introduce even brighter bulbs.
Okaldyang Foundation and Village Power partnered together to improve access to electricity through catalysing the uptake of Solar Use in Loro Sub County, and Oyam District
December 1st 2018
As our focus on the Oyam District gains traction, we have now completed four community launches of our engagement with the Oyam Community. We have been in Omoloo Trading Center, Acaidebbe Trading Center, and Anotoocao village, Adigo Parish, over the last three Sundays and have empowered 75 People in those villages. We welcome these happy new customers to the Village Power family and are thrilled that we are already seeing them refer their own families to Village Powers to spread the light in Oyam.
Village Power Uganda and Centenary partnering to expand access to solar power across Uganda
December 1st 2018
Village Power’s partnership with Centenary Bank has been in place since late 2016 and has borne fruit in expanding access to solar products to customers that need financing to make their purchase.
The partnership provides customers purchasing a Village Power solar home system more choice in how they finance the purchase of their system and more options to find loan terms that best suit their situation. Village Power customers who choose to finance their purchase through a Centenary Bank loan have the added benefit of establishing a credit history with a bank, thereby expanding their access to financing for other investments.
Press release: Village Power welcomes Airtel's Ali Balunywa and Uganda Managing Director
November 1st 2018
Village Power Uganda (VPU) is proud to announce that Mr Ali Balunywa has joined the management team as Managing Director. Ali’s arrival adds a strong sales focus and completes VPU’s all-Ugandan management team. Mr Balunywa’s strong sales background in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) in Uganda positions VPU to further expand its reach within Uganda, critically, to last-mile customers in rural areas.
Click here to read full version of the press release
Opening Village Power House
February 3rd 2017
On 3 February 2017 we officially opened our Village Power House - our new office. We thank all our partners, customers, employees, friends and well wishers for attending and making the official launch of Village Power House possible .This event marked the next growth phase in our mission to light and power every household in Uganda with our sustainable, reliable and affordable solar energy solutions. Village Power House is not only our head office but also a center for training, exhibition and product development. We welcome you all to 31 Golf Course Road, Off Wampewo Avenue, Kololo, Kampala!
Celebrating 50'000 Empowered Lives
October 17th 2016
Village Power heartily thanks all the stakeholder that have enabled access to clean reliable solar energy for 50'000 people in Uganda. We pledge continued service to all our customers and look forward to greater milestones!
Village Power increases power of Solar Home System range
May 2nd 2016
Village Power is excited to announce that our range of solar home systems just got more powerful. We have upgraded the panels on our systems to give our customers more power during day and night. Now you can keep the lights on longer, charge more phones and even enjoy more hours on your radio and tv. Quality upgrades for our quality customers!
Village Power to develop tools to enhance market transparency and foster investment in solar PAYG companies
16 February 2016
Village Power is excited to announce an ambitious project that we are undertaking over the next two years with the support of the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s CleanStart Programme in Uganda. We’ll be working to develop a number of tools to facilitate investment into Solar PAYG companies. Stay tuned!
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. This last mile is where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave people excluded.
Village Power Centre opens in Lwengo
1st June 2015
We are expanding our store network rapidly at Village Power. After the opening of our first Village Power Centre (VPC) in Gomba last month, our second centre opened in Lwengo on the 1st of June.
The Lwengo VPC will oversee Village Power’s sales and operations and after sales service in the Lwengo District.
We look forward to welcoming customers at the Lwengo Village Power Centre.
Village Power and Tujijenge launch collaboration to improve access to solar power in Soroti and Busia
Village Power is excited to announce the launch of a collaboration with Tujijenge Uganda, a microfinance company which is active in both Uganda and Tanzania.
This collaboration will improve access to Solar Home Systems for customers served by Tujijenge’s two Ugandan branches in Soroti and Busia.
Handover of Kasubi Tombs Minigrid
Village Power, with TASS Ltd, installed a solar powered mini-grid at the Kasubi Royal Tombs UNESCO World Heritage site to reinvigorate the site.
The operation of the mini-grid was handed over to the local authorities at a ceremony on 13th May 2015. 2nd Deputy Katikkiro, Mohamood Ssemambo Ssekimpi, officially opened the mini-grid installation and delivered Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga’s appreciation of the project. Buganda’s Minister of State for Tourism, Oweek Rita Namyalo Kisitu, was also in attendance.
We are proud to partner with the Buganda Kingdom to provide our Solar Home Systems to the Kingdom’s community.
Our first Village Power Centre opens in Gomba
1st May 2015
Village Power is excited to announce the opening of our first Village Power Centre (VPC) in Uganda located in Kanoni in the Gomba District.
The Gomba VPC will be the first in a series of centres which will oversee Village Power’s sales and operations and after sales service in the respective districts.
We look forward to welcoming customers at the Gomba Village Power Centre.
Village Power launches Mobile Money offer
Village Power’s Mobile Money platform has gone live and is now being used to process sales in select channels.
It is expected that the platform will help qualifying customers access and own Solar Home Systems faster by allowing instant credit approval and then sending automated monthly payment reminders when instalments are due.
Monitor story earns Kumi’s 112-year man solar power
technician installs a solar panel on the roof of the Oitamongs’ house while below Oitamong and his wife Eseza admire the Daily Monitor story that earned them the solar power. PHOTO BY Richard otim.
We read about Mzee John Oitamong and were deeply touched. So we sent our people to his village. Read the whole story here:
Village Power partners with GIZ to aid development of mobile money offer and opening of Gomba rural service centre
Village Power and the German Ministry for International Development (GIZ), through their PREEEP programme, signed a partnership agreement to deploy solar kits featuring GSM technology and to open a Village Power Centre in the town of Kanoni in Uganda’s Gomba District.
This agreement will support the development and deployment of Village Power’s Mobile Money offer.
Village Power pledges to Graca Machel to bring electricity to 10 thousand people in the Gomba district
29th October 2015
In an event organized by New Faces New Voices, an initiative of the Graca Machel Trust and co-sponsored by Village Power, UNEDI and FTB, Graca Machel visited Kampala to discuss development challenges in the area. Thomas Huth, CEO of Village Power, and other members of the Village Power team met Graca Machel to introduce Village Power and its concept.
Village Power made a pledge to Graca Machel to bring electricity to 10 thousand people in the Gomba district.
Kasubi Tombs Visit
Village Power, in conjunction with TASS Ltd, has been commissioned to install a solar powered mini-grid at the Kasubi Royal Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Kampala, Uganda.
In September 2014, Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga, the Prime Minister of Buganda Kingdom, visited the site to inspect the progress of the project.
The mini-grid is expected to be operational by May 2015.
Buganda King visits Village Power stand at Buganda Kingdom Expo
Village Power was honoured to host the Kabaka, the Bugandan King, and discuss with him the ‘Lighting the Buganda Kingdom Project’ at our stall at the Buganda Kingdom Expo.
The King was accompanied by his Minister of State for Tourism, Oweek Rita Namyalo Kisitu, shown here listening on the right.
Village Power makes first deliveries to Lwengo customers
Village Power has delivered our first systems to Lwengo customers. Locals in the district who purchased their systems through Village Power’s affiliation with local SACCOs collected their solar home systems this month.
In the next couple of weeks, Village Power technicians will visit the homes of each of the customers to professionally install the solar panel and battery pack and the electrical wiring for the lights, mobile phone chargers and other electrical devices that the customers may use.
Uganda’s President launches Lwengo Project at the Lwengo Economic Summit
Uganda’s President, H.E. Yoweri Museveni, launched the ‘Light Lwengo Project’ and sent a truckload of Village Power Solar Home Systems to the Lwengo district for installation.
The Launch took place in the presence of, and with the support of our partners: Lwengo District Local Government represented by Chairman Mutabaazi; REA, represented by the Manager for Investment & Planning Eng. Werikhe; Finance Trust Bank, represented by the Executive Director Dennis Kakeeto; and UNEDI, represented by Samuel Niiwo.
Through partnerships, Village Power is educating villagers, facilitating access to banking services and providing local households with access to clean, safe, and reliable electricity for the first time.
Village Power CEO participates in Lwengo District Retreat that aims to define important development goals for district
Village Power CEO, Mr Thomas Huth, explained to a crowd of over 800 retreat participants how solar energy can benefit the people of Lwengo through the provision of domestic electricity, water pumping, security lights etc.
On the second day of the retreat, breakout groups defined the most important development goals of the district.
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