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Kenyan startup SolarFreeze, has won the Africa Energy Prize, recognised as the best energy access startup in the continent.

Competing in the RES-EXPO conference under the theme Renewable Energy in East-Africa: New Frontiers, the startup was selected for its solar-powered cold storage unit systems that provide refrigeration services to smallholder farmers and traders with no need for grid connection.

Following the award, SolarFreeze will enter a three-month programme worth approximately $50,000 in acceleration services and cash funded by Seedstars.

The Enel Group, through its new division Enel X, and Swiss-based group Seedstars World SA (Seedstars) presented the award.

Enel’s collaboration with Seedstars began formally in July 2017 when the two signed a cooperation agreement.

Innovative energy solutions

The partners engaged the small-scale entrepreneurs who are providing innovative energy solutions focused on electric mobility, storage, distributed generation and energy efficiency, thereby tackling UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG7 – ensuring affordable and clean energy for all.

“We are glad to support a company promoting development in rural villages through innovative electrification solutions,” said Riccardo Amoroso, head of innovation and product Lab at Enel X.

“During the selection process for the Africa Energy Prize, we have identified a number of startups bringing unique energy projects to the continent. These new business models, which couple socio-economic growth with the development of commercial and productive activities, are truly key to making Africa’s future greener and more sustainable,” Amoroso noted.

Africa Energy Track challenge

The agreement established the Africa Energy Track challenge aimed at identifying innovative startups in the field of electricity access in Africa within the framework of the Seedstars World startup competition.

“Almost 600 million people are lacking access to electricity in Africa. Solving energy issues through entrepreneurship and technology is therefore a critical agenda point at Seedstars where we aim to find real solutions to real problems,” said Alisee de Tonnac, CEO at Seedstars.

 

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