Award winner 2019 Category B
Innovation for Development
ecoligo GmbH is a medium-sized company founded in 2016 with headquarters in Berlin. It offers holistic service solutions in the field of renewable energies – especially solar energy – for corporate customers. The focus of its business activities is on developing and emerging countries. Regional offices are located in Accra (Ghana), Nairobi (Kenya), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and San José (Costa Rica).
The project by ecoligo GmbH is intended to make it easier for companies to establish solar energy systems. To this end, ecoligo GmbH is developing a cloud-based, digital platform that brings together all relevant interest groups in the solar energy systems market for commercial and industrial customers in developing countries. All aspects of project development from financing to implementation will be bundled on the platform. For the idea of this platform, ecoligo GmbH was awarded the German Entrepreneurship Award for Development in February 2019.
The company’s distinctive approach and the results of the project
With the platform, ecoligo GmbH creates a central virtual place where the entire development process of a solar energy project comes together and where relevant data and knowledge can be gathered. This service removes barriers for companies that often hamper such projects. Providing these companies with affordable electricity enables them to grow and boost the local economy. On the other hand, by using renewable energies a company can reduce its emissions and can thus contribute to climate protection in their country.
How the prize money is used
ecoligo GmbH is financing the development of the complex platform, which consists of several modules, primarily from its own funds. The prize money is mainly used for the further development of the platform’s modules.
Progress of the Project
ecoligo is making good progress in the number of projects. So far, 48 entities in developing countries switched to solar energy supported by ecoligo. For this, the company developed its own tailored digital platform, financed with part of the prize money. ‘Pulse’ supports the targeting, planning and implementation of the projects. All information needed are now digitalized and automated, so that employees as well as partners have access to project facts at any time and in a clearly arranged manner. Besides project related requests Pulse also supports the onboarding of business partners. By this, partners can place their bids on solar projects and can put requests on the financing of their projects.
„Pulse supports realizing our vision of a sustainable power supply in emerging economies. Without the German Entrepreneurship Award and the prize money the platform would not have been developed in that form and within that short period of time“, says Martin Baart, CEO of ecoligo.
ecoligo has 30 employees on four continents. For more information see ecoligo.com/en
Solar plant for Lac Long in Viet Nam – On water solar plant for Rift Valley Roses, a flower farm in Kenya – Martin Bart, CEO of ecoligo, and Gordon Millar
ecoligo GmbH supports companies in developing and emerging countries such as Simbi Roses in Kenya in establishing solar energy systems.
© ecoligo/Simbi Roses
A solar plant supplies the rose cultivation company United Selections in Kenya with affordable, climate-friendly energy.
© ecoligo/United Selections