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


04-2016: Rural health stations in Ethiopia (10) and Kenya (3) got solar light and solar cooling for medecine as part of the pro-gramm "Light for health" of Stiftung Solarenergie.

04-2016: Sendea member Anuel Energy in Uganda starts a cooperation with Slum Dwellers International

04-2016: SunTransfer Kenya opens two new Solar-Centers to provide sustainable energy.

04-2016 Sendea starts publishing field-tested solar Business tools

03-2016: Off-Grid Industry Yearbook 2016 launched

03-2016: SunTransfer Kenya starts a new finance model in cooperation with MFI Venture South.

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

Sun-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.