Electrifying orphan centers in Namibia

by MPower User on November 1, 2021 No comments
Mukishi, one of our closest partners in Namibia, in a Church Alliance For Orphans (CAFO) orphan center

You might have heard of Xavier Kordus before! Xavier joined MPower in 2020 and has been setting up MPower’s logistic Hub and operations in Namibia. He is in charge of country-wide activities including sales, business development, and the management of local distribution partners and corporate partnerships.

Xavier is a passionate business developer and loves challenges out of his comfort zone. That is why Xavier and Hannes, one of MPower’s main partners in Namibia and manager of Hasica Agencies, decided to participate in an insane bike race to raise funds for a good cause!

The so-called Desert Dash bike race is an endurance race of 393km through the oldest desert in the world, The Namib Desert, within 24 hours. The race takes place at the hottest time of the year and less than 40% is expected to complete this year’s event. Sounds crazy, is crazy. The race will take place on 10th December 2021 – on the International Humanitarian Day and Namibian Women Day!

Hannes and Xavier are partnering with the NGO Church Alliance for Orphans (“CAFO”), a national Namibian interfaith networking organization having 344 Child care centers for orphans and children who need after school support, disseminated in 5 regions of Namibia. The organization develops and sustains support programs for orphans and other vulnerable children in their communities. Some of the centers lack power and electrical devices in order to provide valuable education to the children. MPower will financially support this event and will be providing CAFO with high quality solar products that meet the needs of the children in the centers.

Through the fundraising campaign, every 1500 USD would provide a complete center with electricity. MPower will double the raised amount as the main sponsor of the charity event to deliver CAFO the necessary solar systems that they need to power their most vulnerable structures in Namibia.

To support the project, please click HERE

This project is in partnership with the Church Alliance for Orphans

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High-level meeting at MPower Cameroon

by MPower User on August 26, 2021 No comments

As part of the first official visit of His Excellency the Ambassador of Switzerland to Cameroon, MPower Cameroon organized an open day on August 5th. The program included a meeting between His Excellency the Swiss Ambassador and MPower’s team in Cameroon, a presentation of the company, as well as a space for exchange for the invited partners. During the visit, MPower showcased its wide range of solar solutions and the efforts by the team in Cameroon to make those accessible to Cameroonians.

FR – Rencontre de haut niveau dans les bureaux de MPower Cameroun

Dans le cadre de la première visite officielle de Son Excellence l’Ambassadeur de Suisse au Cameroun, MPower Cameroun a organisé une journée portes ouvertes le 5 août dernier. Au programme: rencontre entre Son Excellence l’Ambassadeur de Suisse et l’équipe MPower au Cameroun, présentation de la société, et échanges entre les différents partenaires invités. Pendant la visite, MPower a présenté sa large gamme de solutions solaires et les efforts de l’équipe au Cameroun pour les rendre accessibles aux Camerounais.

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Strategic Partnership with South Pole

by MPower User on May 24, 2021 No comments

South Pole is a sustainable solution and service provider and the world’s most prominent developer of emission reduction projects with proven impact and substantial experience on the ground.

MPower has long been supported in its early stage by South Pole in a rather informal manner. On a nonbinding and non-financial basis, the young Startup was hosted at South Pole’s headquarter in Zurich, received marketing advice, IT support and got access to South Pole’s network mainly through its employees.

Following MPower’s rapid growth, South Pole then became our lead investor in early 2020 and we are glad to announce that we have further intensified our collaboration with South Pole in the last few months. 🔆🔆

Next to our core business we will also be generating the new Decentralized Renewable  Energy Certificates. D-RECs are a new innovative finance instrument that provide a proof of origin for power generated by small-scale renewable energy systems.

Find out more about our partnership and how Mpower’s projects will generate D-RECS in the future in South Pole’s Blogpost:

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Share the Light – Illuminating the streets in Cameroon

by MPower User on January 5, 2021 No comments

As part of a Cameroonian government program to modernize street lighting, MPower won a project to install solar street lights. In September and October 2020, 46 solar-powered street lights were installed for this purpose in Bafia, a city north of Yaoundé. In this project, MPower with was responsible for the local manufacturing of the poles and the procurement, financing and installation of the street lights. The aim of this project is not only to strengthen the economic development but also the security of the area.

The trigger for this government program is the inadequate power supply in Cameroon. Due to overloads of the power grid at peak times, the whole country regularly experiences power outages. In order to keep community buildings running, the government provides diesel-powered emergency generators, which are, however, very costly and harmful to the environment. To ease the burden on the power grid, the Cameroonian government has launched a program to modernize street lighting. This project has been pushed forward by different public and private groups. In addition to the efforts to replace the old street lights and to operate them with solar energy, streets also in rural areas are now to be illuminated. This is also the case in the rural area of Bafia, where the MPower lights are illuminating Cameroon’s streets.

In order to continue to realize such projects, the MPower is currently conducting a “crowd lending” round on Crowd4Climate. MPower’s vision is to provide renewable and decentralized energy to as many households and SMEs as possible. The crowdlending campaign enables the financing of more than 1000 solar systems: A milestone on the way to fulfill MPower’s vision.

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MPower Ventures & Barry Callebaut: an innovative partnership to deliver a tangible impact project that is commercially viable

by MPower User on March 18, 2020 No comments

The Strategy

The proposed CSR strategy uses decentralized solar solutions combined with an innovative financing scheme to empower local communities, reduce forest degradation and deforestation practices as well as carbon emissions.

Proof of Conecpt

MPower kicked off a pilot project with Barry-Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa, in January 2019. The project targets 600 cocoa farmers in four cooperatives in Cameroon and distributes, together with MPower’s local partner, a set of cost-effective solar kits focusing on lighting, mobile phone charging and larger systems for productive use. The project demonstrates how a successful collaboration between a multinational company, an innovative facilitator and local distributors can lead to a sustainable, fully commercial and profitable project with large-scale potential to empower African farmers.


Gains for the Community & the Multinational

There are numerous benefits of the collaboration.

Main benefits for the community:

  • Access to clean and reliable energy
  • Icreased productivity through smart agricultural tools and other powered electric devices
  • First-ever credit histroy
  • Yearly savings for households from USD 60 upwards depending on system size
  • Empowering local communities and entrepreneurs by providing an opportunity for income

Main benefits for the cooperation

  • Very effective way to implement company’s CSR concept and vision
  • Significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint
  • Improve employees / supplier’s loyalty vis-à-vis the company
  • Increase productivity e.d. through smart sprayer, solar pumps, headlights)
  • No technical risk for the company


Here you find a short report about our activities in Cameroon:



For further information please contact contact:

Manuel Seiffe, Co-Founder & CEO,, +41 79 175 52 02

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Our Energy Hub: providing energy and related services to secluded villages.

by MPower User on February 10, 2020 No comments
The fishing village of Nsombo, in Northern Zambia, is a typical village in sub-Sahran Africa: access to energy is limited and continuously interrupted. The only infrastructures which have electricity are the local school and the houses for students and teachers, which are powered by diesel generators to provide at least some lighting at night. As Nsombo is a five hours bus drive (or one day with a bycicle), the provision of diesel for the generator is expensive and scarce, leaving the village with almost no power at all.

  In May 2019, MPower Ventures deployed in Nsombo its first containerized solution: the EnergyHUB. The HUB is a fully connected, mobile, Plug&Play solar container acting as charging station for small solar generators.


The batteries provide lighting, enable the charging of mobile phones and power TVs and other energy-efficient appliances. There, the local villagers can come and rent out these batteries for a small fee, as well as purchase MPower’s energy-efficient appliances. The HUB provides 10kW of photovoltaic power, and other than charging solar batteries, it is also a meeting center for the community, where they can enjoy a refreshing drink or using the printing station installed in the container.

The EnergyHUB is locally run and created so far four full-time jobs and positively impacted more than 500 people through its energy services. Click here to see a short clip about our energy hub.


The HUB in Zambia is the first of many more: MPower has already deployed its second village hub in Bodze in Togo, which was assembled locally, ensuring further job creation.

The HUB is part of an Innovation Project with REPIC, the Swiss institution for the promotion of renewable energy in emerging markets. Furthermore, the company was recently granted with a federal loan guarantee from the Technology Fund, which supports Swiss companies whose products or processes enable a sustainable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and is supported by InnoEnergy, among others.


Contact us for further information:

Manuel Seiffe, Co-Founder & CEO, +41 79 175 52 02
MPower Ventures AG, c/o South Pole, Technoparkstrasse 1, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland



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