We are working for rural development and poverty alleviation by providing solar energy in rural and marginalised areas worldwide.

We aim to provide full power access with reliable maintenance and after sales-service.

We work and think holistic: it is not enough to solve separately single aspects of rural development.

We act as a hybrid organisation: using the advantages of a charitable organization and socially responsible companies to enhance the efficiency of our work.

We are a strong network of organisations and companies with different tasks and responsibilities, working together to achieve the goal of rural development.


The Solar-Federation is represented in these countries:

  • Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda
  • Asia: Cambodia, Philippines
  • Europe: Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland


March 2017

  • Two new solar villages of Stiftung Solarenergie are installed: Isukwe and Luwero in Uganda. More than 1,000 people now enjoy a basic supply with solar power for light and phone charging.

February 2017

  • Stiftung Solarenergie starts realisation of a solar project in Kiberia, the biggest slum in Kenya. Local partners are Umande Trust and SunTransfer Kenya.  

January 2017

  • Stiftung Solarenergie starts realisation of the next solar village: Isukwe (close to Jinja) in Uganda. Up to 500 households get solar energy.

November 2016

  • Sendea in collaboration with Sun-Connect News is pleased to announce the launch of a new practitioner competition: Solar Lantern Competition 2016    
  • SunTransfer Ethiopia installed 10 solar systems for schools in five UNHCR refugee camps at the border to Somalia. Each solar system with 640Wp is designed to provide power to laptops and tablets for mobile education service.  

The Network

Stiftung Solarenergie - Solar Energy Foundation is working for energy access since 2004. The foundation is responsible for awareness creation and training, but also realises pilot projects. Long-term goal in each partner country is to establish a sustainable solar business.

SunTransfer, a social oriented company, is responsible for sourcing, purchasing, and quality control inside the network. SunTransfer is headquarted in Germany; related companies for distribution and/or assembling are based in Africa and Asia.


Sendea is a program of Stiftung Solarenergie to support solar entrepreneurs in developing countries. Sendea provides its support in theory (training, consulting) and practice (realisation of pilot projects). The focus is on early stage companies and their special gap. Sendea started in 2015

Solar-Connect eG: The German based cooperative supports small and medium solar enterprises in developing countries through supplier credits. Sun-Connect eG delivers products exclusively to partner companies of the network.

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Sun-Connect News is provided by Stiftung Solarenergie - Solar Energy Foundation and edited by Harald Sch├╝tzeichel. Sun-Connect News is provided by Stiftung Solarenergie - Solar Energy Foundation and edited by Harald Sch├╝tzeichel.