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: Philippines
  • Europe: Germany, Netherlands


June 2017

  • Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines supplied several hundred solar lights to families in Northern Samar.

May 2017

  • Sendea launched the worldwide first Marketplace Web Platform for Off-Grid products! Hundreds of products listed now with prices from local distributors.

April 2017

  • Stiftung Solarenergie starts a new program to supply solar water pumps for irrigation in Kenya.  

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.

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 Ehtiopia, Kenya and Uganda.


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. Solar-Connect eG delivers products mainly 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.