Open House with Solafrica

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:00
Zentrum Karl der Große - Erkerzimmer

Kirchgasse 14,  8001,  Zurich,  Switzerland

We continue our Open House series in 2016 with Solafrica, a Swiss NGO active in Africa, training local professionals and developing small-scale businesses on solar technology. Their goal? Assist rural areas in Africa to meet their growing energy demands, in a self-sufficient way and with lower carbon emissions. What are their results so far, after 6 years of activity in 3 different countries?
Join us for a very promising evening discussion and informal ápero on promoting access to energy, entrepreneurship and development.


The Open House events are a meeting point for professionals and people with an interest in the fields of Sustainability, NGOs and Philanthropy. On each session, visitors can enjoy a short presentation by an organisation selected by SUSTINOVA and, during an informal Apéro, the opportunity to connect and discuss face-to-face the work of the organisation and other overarching issues. For more information on this event series, please read here.

Founded in 2009 in Bern, Solafrica is an NGO tackling the energy challenge in Africa by promoting solar energy and energy efficiency through a mix of capacity-building, promotion of entrepreneurship and investment in a sustainable energy supply. Their approach:

  1. Design and implement projects to meet Africa’s rapidly growing energy needs in a climate-friendly way.
  2. Train local professionals and develop social enterprises, both of which are central to Africa’s energy needs.
  3. Enable economically disadvantaged people through access to modern energy technologies.
  4. Promote solar technology in Switzerland and secure additional funding streams, through CO2 compensation options, the Solarvignette and hands-on workshops for young people.


Time Topic Details
18:00 Opening
  • Welcoming of attendants
18:15 Start
  • Introduction by the SUSTINOVA Team
18:20 Presentation Solafrica
  • Promoting a low CO2 energy strategy for development, by Elias Koster (Co-Managing Director)
18:50 Discussion
  • Questions & Discussion
19:20 Apéro
  • Open discussion with the Team and Networking amongst attendants
20:00 Closing
  • Informal discussion can continue at the Bar of the Karl der Grosse (open-ended)


Entrance is free and  last-minute attendance is possible.
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