East Africa's Leader in
Commercial & Industrial
Solar Power

Spend less on electricity.
Zero up-front investment required.
Cleaner and cheaper energy from solar.


Equator Energy helps you spend less on electricity.
Our solar power solutions require zero up-front investment.
Equator Energy delivers cleaner and cheaper energy from solar.

Zero Investment

We deliver solar power plants to our customers at zero up-front cost. We cover the entire cost of planning, construction, commissioning and operation of each solar power plant in our portfolio.

As we invest our own solar power plants, our customers can be sure that we invest in the right quality of and size of equipment. It also means, that our customers can be sure that we always make sure that all our solar power plants are well maintained and performing optimally.

4.4 MWp Turk Mine Zimbabwe

Guaranteed Savings

We offer simple, purely pay-per-use contracts at fixed discounts or fixed rates. This means that every kWh of solar energy generated by a solar power plant delivers direct, guaranteed savings for our customers.

Our contracts have no fixed fees, no minimum charges and no take-or-pay, exchange rate or inflation clauses. This makes our solar solutions risk free for our customers. We also give customers the option to buy their solar power plants any time and at market leading prices.

solar power plant at plastics factory

Our Projects

> 56 MWp >120 installations

This gallery shows most of our currently operating projects along with their capacity and location. We currently operate the largest commercial and industrial solar power portfolio in East Africa, making us the market leader in Kenya and all of East Africa.


Addison Industries Juja
350 kW grid-tied

Addison Industries, factory, Kenya 

Majestic Mushrooms
90 kW grid-tied

Majestic Mushrooms, farm, Kenya 

Majestic Mushrooms
250 kW grid-tied

Sanpac, factory, Kenya 

Majestic Mushrooms
870 kW grid-tied

Milly Glass 2, factory, Kenya 

Majestic Mushrooms
500 kW grid-tied

Simba Apparels, factory, Kenya 

Majestic Mushrooms
750 kW grid-tied

Nandi Tea, tea plantation, Kenya 

Majestic Mushrooms
125 kW grid-tied

Rupa Mills 2, retail, Kenya 

Majestic Mushrooms
500 kW grid-tied

Tiger Packaging, factory, Kenya 

Majestic Mushrooms
90 kW grid-tied

Eldoret Hospital, hospital, Kenya 

Majestic Mushrooms
90 kW grid-tied

NKG Coffee, factory, Kenya 

Dune Packaging solar project
620 kW grid-tied

Dune Packaging, factory, Kenya 

Dune Packaging solar project
740 kW grid-tied

Movit Products, factory, Uganda

Dune Packaging solar project
500 kW grid-tied

Ankole Tea Estate, tea factory, Uganda

Dune Packaging solar project
250 kW grid-tied

Muzizi Tea Estate, tea factory, Uganda

Dune Packaging solar project
180 kW grid-tied

Dembe Enterprises Mukono, factory, Uganda

Dune Packaging solar project
90 kW grid-tied

Dembe Enterprises Kampala, factory, Uganda

Dune Packaging solar project
250 kW grid-tied

A Plus PVC Technology, factory, Kenya


Halar Industries Lunga Lunga Road
4.4 MW solar-diesel hybrid

Turk Mine, gold mine, Zimbabwe 

Golden Quarry gold mine Zimbabwe
1.5 MW solar-diesel hybrid

Golden Quarry, gold mine, Zimbabwe 

Fortuna Industries Expansion
80 kW grid-tied

Fortuna Industries, factory, expansion, Kenya

Khetias Giga
120 kW grid-tied

Khetias Giga, supermarket, Kenya

Addisson Industries
120 kW grid-tied

Addison Industries 1, factory, Kenya

Halar Industries 1
440 kW grid-tied

Halar Industries Sagana Road, factory, Kenya

Halar Industries Lunga Lunga Road
0.6 MW grid-tied

Halar Industries Lunga Lunga Road, factory, Kenya 

Cosmo Industries
90 kW grid-tied

Cosmo Industries, factory, Uganda

350 kW grid-tied

Oxygas, factory, Uganda

Fabrication Systems
90 kW grid-tied

Fabrication Systems, factory, Uganda

Biyinzika Poultry
170 kW grid-tied

Biyinzika Poultry, livestock, Uganda

260 kW grid-tied

Makap, factory, Uganda


1.5 MW grid-tied 

AfroPlast, factory, Uganda 

1 MW grid-tied 

Milly Glass, factory, Kenya 

0.8 MW grid-tied

 KenSalt Malindi, factory, Kenya 

0.7 MW solar-diesel hybrid 

Venice Mines, gold mine, Zimbabwe

0.6 MW grid-tied

KenSalt Malindi 6 x pump stations, Kenya 

0.6 MW grid-tied

Doshi Water, factory, Kenya 

0.5 MW grid-tied

Ndarawetta Tea Factory, tea factory, Kenya 

0.5 MW grid-tied

Greenfields Tea, tea estate, Kenya (expansion)

440 kW grid-tied

Vipingo Ridge, estate, Kenya 

440 kW grid-tied

Mau Tea , tea factory, Kenya 

430 kW grid-tied

Kabianga Tea, tea estate, Kenya 

432 kW grid-tied

Kiko Tea, tea factory, Uganda 

352 kW grid-tied

Lemottit, flower farm, Kenya 

352 MW grid-tied 

Interconsumer products, factory, Kenya

352 kW grid-tied

Fortuna Industries, factory, Kenya

345 kW grid-tied

Khetias New Kabernet, factory, Kenya

265 kW grid-tied

Eslon Plastics 1, factory, Kenya

260 kW grid-tied

Elgon Tea, tea estate, Kenya

260 kW grid-tied

Advance Plastics, factory, Kenya

260 kW grid-tied

Khetias HQ Kitale, factory, Kenya

260 kW grid-tied

Maisha Millers, agriculture, Kenya

Tropic Centre
240 kW grid-tied

Tropic Center, retail, Gambia

170 kW grid-tied

Advanced Plastics, plastics factory, Kenya

176 kW grid-tied

Sintel, factory, Kenya

180 kW grid-tied

Shalem, factory, Kenya

Elson Plastics
176 kW grid-tied

Eslon Plastics 2, factory, Kenya

173 kW grid-tied

Buffalo Millers, agriculture, Kenya (expansion)

90kW grid-tied

Ecoline, factory, Kenya

90 kW grid-tied

Kapi, factory, Kenya

88 kW grid-tied

Solai Nakuru, flower farm, Kenya

66 kW grid-tied

Metro Poly, plastics factory, Kenya


Brava Foods
0.7 MW grid-tied

Brava Foods, beverages, Kenya 

KenSalt Mombasa
0.7 MW grid-tied

KenSalt, factory, Kenya 

Sotik Arroket
0.6 MW grid-tied

Sotik Arroket east, tea estate, Kenya 

Sotik Arroket
0.5 MW grid-tied

Sotik Arroket west, tea estate, Kenya 

Rupa's Mall
0.6 MW grid-tied

Rupa Mall, commercial site, Kenya 

Sotik Metarora
0.5 MW grid-tied

Sotik Mettarora, tea estate, Kenya 

Shade Net
430 kW grid-tied

Shade Net, plastics factory, Kenya 

400 kW grid-tied

Ken-Knit, factory, Kenya 

Enkasiti Flowers
265 kW grid-tied

Enkasiti, flower farm, Kenya 

Sirikwa Quarry
260 Kw grid-tied

Sirikwa Quarry, construction, Kenya 

Evergreen Herbs
260 Kw grid-tied

Evergreen Athi River, agriculture, Kenya 

240 kW grid-tied

Panocal International Ltd., horticulture, Kenya 

Spinners and Spinners
194 kW grid-tied

Spinners & Spinners 2/3, factory (expansion 2021), Kenya 

Maisha Beverages
173 kW grid-tied

Maisha Beverages, factory, Kenya

Nyati Feeds
130 kW grid-tied

Nyati Feeds, animal feeds, Kenya

Black Tulip Group Expansion
125 kW grid-tied

Utee, expansion, flower farm, Kenya (expansion by 65 kW)

KenSalt film plant
115 kW grid-tied

KenSalt, factory, Kenya

Buffalo Millers
86kW grid-tied

Buffalo Millers, agriculture, Kenya

TAI Enterprises
86kW grid-tied

TAI Enterprises, construction, Kenya

Lakhir Plastics
86 kW grid-tied

Lakhir Plastics, factory, Kenya

66 kW grid-tied

Enkasiti, flower farm, Kenya

RH Devani DMC
86 kW grid-tied

RH Devani DMC, factory, Kenya 

R&R plastics
79 kW grid-tied

R&R Plastics, factory, Kenya 

66 kW grid-tied

Enkasiti, flower farm, Kenya 

66 kW grid-tied

Enkasiti, flower farm, Kenya

Kikwetu Flowers
66 kW grid-tied

Kikwetu Flowers, horticulture, Kenya 

Heritage Flowers
66 kW grid-tied

Heritage, horticulture, Kenya

Sagana Tanneries
53 kW grid-tied

Sagana Tanneries, factory, Kenya 


NEC Hargeisa
1.2 MW solar-diesel hybrid

NEC, grid operator, Somaliland

ENEE Bosaso
1.2 MW solar-diesel hybrid

ENEE, grid operator, Somalia

Danco Plastics
0.9 MW grid-tied

Danco Plastics, factory, Kenya (expansion 350 kW )

Pyramid Packaging Eldoret
0.6 MW grid-tied

Pyramid Packaging, factory, Kenya

ENEE Qardoh
360 kW solar-diesel hybrid

ENEE, grid operator, Somalia 

Eco Roses
300 kW grid-tied

Eco Roses, flower farm, Kenya (expansion by 120 kW) 

Maua Agritech
200 kW grid-tied | 5 days

 Maua Agritech, flower farm, Kenya 

Black Tulip Group Laurel
180 kW grid-tied

Laurel, flower farm, Kenya 

UEA Baraton
120 kW grid-tied

UEA Baraton, university, Kenya 

KIP Brands
65 kW grid-tied

KIP Brands, factory, Kenya 

Baraton University
60 kW grid-tied

UEA Baraton, university, Kenya 


Tatu City
1 MW grid-tied 

Tatu City, industrial park, Kenya 

Spinners and Spinners
0.7 MW grid-tied

Spinners & Spinners 1, factory, Kenya (expansion 450 kW) 

Spinners and Spinners
0.6 MW grid-tied

Spinners & Spinners 2, factory, Kenya 

Danco Plastics phase 1
0.5 MW grid-tied

Danco Plastics, factory, Kenya (expansion 250 kW) 

Batian Flowers BTG
234 kW grid-tied

Batian, flower farm, Kenya 

Thorntree Lodge
178 kW solar-diesel hybrid

Thorntree, hotel, Somalia 

Waridi Flowers
175 kW grid-tied

Waridi & Fresh Catch, rose and fish farm, Kenya 

Black Petals Black Tulip Group
175 kW grid-tied

Black Petals, flower farm, Kenya 

Black Tulip Group SunFloritech
120 kW grid-tied

Sun Floritech, flower farm, Kenya 

Black Tulip Group Eco Roses
60 kW grid-tied

Eco Roses, flower farm, Kenya 

Kubali Herbs
60 kW grid-tied | 1 day

Kubali, herb farm, Kenya 

Golden Tulip
60 kW grid-tied 

Golden Tulip, flower farm, Kenya

Tulaga Farm
60 kW grid-tied

Tulaga, flower farm, Kenya

Black Tulip Group Utee
60 kW grid-tied

Utee, flower farm, Kenya

Black Tulip Group Nelion
60 kW grid-tied

Nelion, flower farm, Kenya


Danco Plastics
260 kW grid-tied

Danco Plastics, factory, Kenya 

210 kW grid-tied

Spinners & Spinners 1, factory, Kenya 

120 kW solar-diesel hybrid plant

Acacia Village, hotel, South Sudan 

VSS Juba
120 kW + 200 kWh off-grid

VSS, office & camp, South Sudan 


WLC Juba
160 kW + 230 kWh off-grid

WLC, logistics base, South Sudan 

ETC camp
120 kW + 240 kWh off-grid

ETC, camp, South Sudan 

Burn Manufacturing
120 kW grid-tied

Burn Manufacturing, factory, Kenya 

Groove Flowers
75 kW grid-tied | 4 days

Groove Flowers, flower farm, Kenya 

Venice Mine housing
60 kW solar-diesel hybrid 

 Venice Mines, residential, Zimbabwe 

Venice Mine housing
440 kW solar-diesel hybrid 

 Venice Mines, residential, Zimbabwe 



We use an in-house developed system for the monitoring of all our plants. We call this system Energy.Dashboard. It is manufacturer independent and runs on the powerful Microsoft PowerBI business intelligence platform. This system allows us to monitor unlimited devices and present the data in a clear, intuitive, and fully customizable way. 

We can integrate nearly limitless data sources into our dashboards. This means we can provide our customers with a single dashboard that not only captures their electricity consumption but also correlates this to the overall performance of the business. Customers can for example determine how many kWh of electricity per hotel guest or per exported bunch of roses they have used.

The sample dashboard alongside is interactive. You can expand it to full-screen mode and select different pages and specific time frames. The dashboard is based on a actual data from some of our solar plants and updates every day at 09:30 EET. 


These are some of the over 100 customers receiving cleaner, cheaper solar power from Equator Energy.
Acacia Village
Groove Flowers
Maua Agritech
Meta Group
Majestic Mushrooms
Nandi Tea
NKG Coffee
Simba Apparels
Tiger Packaging


Equator Energy provides solar solutions across Africa

We are specialized in delivering solar solutions in emerging and frontier markets. These are some of the markets where solar power can add the most value. We thrive under the challenges these markets present. 

We operate in remote locations, harsh environments, under regulatory restrictions and challenging security conditions. We deliver high end solar systems under the most difficult circumstances . We manage the risks and opportunities of our markets and we tailor our solar solutions to them accordingly.


Equator Energy is supported by a group globally active, outstanding investors.

Our shareholders and lenders have decades of experience in renewable energy and Africa, are leading in their field.

Our shareholders are invested in Equator Energy for the long term just like we are in our projects. This allows us to deliver the best possible value to our customer and builds the foundation of our long term business relationships.

IBL Group

IBL Energy

IBL Energy is a subsidiary of IBL group, a 1 b$ market cap public company. Over 150 years old, IBL is the largest Mauritian conglomerate with activities in 18 countries.




STOA is a leading impact investor in energy and infrastructure. The 600 m¤ fund was founded in 2017 by the French development agency and a bank.



Maris Africa

Maris because Equator Energy’s first investor in 2016. The 100 m$ investment company is active in nine Sub-Saharan African countries in renewable energy, agriculture and other divisions.


Nvision Energy

Nvision Energy

Nvision founded Equator Energy in 2015, when the European renewable energy company entered the Kenyan market. Nvision is managed by its founders Margita and Sebastian Noethlichs.


Inspired Evolution

Inspired Evolution

Inspired Evolution is a pan-African specialised climate investment business and manager to Evolution I, II and III funds with over USD 500 million in capital commitments. 


Equator Energy believes in simple solutions and clear, straightforward business. Our contracts follow transparent industry standards. Our technology is tried and tested. Our value proposition to you is simple and solid.

Our business is guided by a few simple but powerful concepts. Have a look at them below.

Energy that pays

Our solar energy solutions pay for themselves. They deliver energy that is cheaper than the energy you buy from the grid or get from your on-site generator. We guarantee this.
When you take over a solar plant, we make sure the investment pays off.

Energy that works

Our solar energy solutions are tested, reliable and secure. When we sell you energy, there is no investment and no risk for you. We undertake all investments, installation, maintenance, and servicing work. When you take over a solar plant, it comes with comprehensive warranties and free lifetime monitoring by us.

Energy that fits

We design our solar plants to fit your needs. We offer solutions from simple grid-tied systems to solar-diesel hybrid systems. Our plants' peak-power output and total energy production are carefully matched to your needs and integrated on-site. We 'right-size' our plants because we sell you kWh not kW.

Our promise to you

We help you reduce your energy expenses through clean, on-site solar production. We guarantee that our solar solutions will pay for themselves.


Equator Energy is a fully integrated solar power provider. This means that the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of its solar power plants is done in-house.  The team consists of over 40 Kenyan installers, all of whom have many years of installation experience, for both ground and roof mounted solar systems. Further to the core team in Kenya and Uganda, Equator Energy also has regional staff in South Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

For regular operation and maintenance, small sub-teams can travel both domestically and internationally to each of the solar plants on an ad-hoc basis. Equipped with the necessary tools and supplies, they are supported by the company's 12/7 remote, online monitoring staff, all of whom also have hands-on project installation experience. Spare-part inventories are held both at the headquarters in Nairobi, as well as on the more remote project sites across Africa, in order to make our maintenance service as efficient and effective as possible for our customers.


impact GHG

Greenhouse gasses

Solar power contributes significantly to reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. In our markets solar power plants save from around 0.7 to well over 2.0 kg of CO2 per kWh depending on their application.

impact water


Solar power does not require water. Where solar energy replaces energy from thermal power plants. A 400 kW solar power plant saves an average of 1 million liters of water every year.

impact soil

Soil, air and noise

On a very immediate and local level, solar power plants directly improve the environment around them. Noise and air pollution by generators along with soil contamination from fuel and oil spillage are eliminated and living conditions are often dramatically improved.


Equator Energy follows a comprehensive set of environmental, sustainability and governance policies and standards. 

You can find our public anti-bribery policy here.

For any governance related questions, comments or concerns you can reach out to us at governance@equator.energy

You can also anonymously report any incidents that you believe should be addressed by us to this email: whistleblower@equator.energy


solar power is good for the environment and good for your bottom line



In this section we answer some of the most frequent questions that we hear from our future customers.

The answer is: most likely yes. We can offer cost-competitive solar solutions in almost all locations within our markets. There are, however, a number of technical details that we need to check. We do this as part of our free solar audit. For example, we need to review your current electricity consumption and how it varies throughout the day, week, month and year. We will also have to determine how much suitable space you have available for a solar power system and how complex the integration of the system will be at your site.

Once we have these details we prepare a preliminary design. If the result is positive, we make you a firm offer for buying or leasing the solar system from us.

The sunnier it is at a location, the higher your savings will be. Also, the more you rely on diesel for your electricity consumption, the higher your savings will be. Another factor is how simple or complex the integration of our solar system will be at your site.

We review all these and other factors during our solar audit. We then use them in our preliminary design to make you a firm offer with an exact solar rate and predictable savings.

With a regular grid-tied solar power system we can typically replace up to 50% of your current electricity consumption with cheaper, clean solar energy. The more of your electricity is consumed during the daytime, the higher the solar share will be.

With net-metering systems we replace anywhere between 50% and almost 100% of your energy consumption with solar energy. How much of your energy consumption can come from solar power depends on the net-metering regulations in your country.

This depends on whether net-metering is currently allowed in your country.

If not, we will design the solar power system as a captive system that never feeds electricity back into the public power grid. If it is allowed now, then you can feed our solar electricity back into the public grid and get paid for it.

If net-metering becomes an option in the future, we will let you know. We can then discuss expanding the solar power system, so that you generate additional solar electricity to sell it to the grid at a profit.

Getting started is simple. Write to us or just give us a call.

We will then arrange to get started on your free solar audit with you and take it from there. Within a few months after that you can start to save on energy costs with one of our solar power systems.

From the free solar audit it usually takes us less than two weeks to complete our preliminary design and make you a firm offer. Once the firm offer has been accepted and the solar agreement has been signed, we typically have your system shipped to your site and installed within around three to four months.

That means, best case, we can get you started on energy cost savings with one of our solar systems within around four months from when you first contact us.

Yes. Our solar agreements give you the option to purchase the solar power system from us whenever you like. The prices for this are clearly set out in the agrement. Once you purchase the system it becomes yours and you will not have to pay us anything for the solar energy anymore.

This means that if you are interested in purchasing a solar power system, our solution gives you the option to 'test drive'  the solar power plant at no risk first, while benefitting from the savings it generates for you in the meantime.

Our solar agreements come with a standard 20-year term for both grid-tied and hybrid systems. For the whole term we guarantee you energy cost savings and we make sure that the solar system keeps on working smoothly. You also get the option to extend the term by 5 years twice.

Importantly, under our solar agreements you only pay for the energy you actually use. This means if your energy consumption drops during any part of the term, we will not force you to buy energy from us that you do not need. There is no risk for you.

This is not a problem. We can either move the solar power system to your new site with you or the new owner of the factory or site can take over from you. Since our solar power system will save energy expenses for the future buyer, you may even be able to get a higher sales price with our system than without. 

When you work with us, we offer you a simple, zero up-front cost way to benefit from cheaper solar energy. We are experienced and our solar power systems are tried and tested. Because we will own and operate the solar systems ourselves, we will never compromise on quality.

Working with us, means you need to deal with only one party, Equator Energy. We deliver a turn-key, hassle free solution.

We have over a decade of experience with commercial and industrial scale solar system. We have built the exact same solar systems before and we own and operate our own solar systems across frontier and emerging markets in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Download our brochure.





The way to your own solar energy system only takes a few simple steps outlined below.

shading calculation

1. Free solar audit
Once you contact us, we will arrange a free on-site consultation with you. Together with you, our team will gather all necessary information so that we can make you a firm offer for your own solar power system. We will review your energy needs and determine which type of system fits those needs best. We will also have a look at your roof and other suitable areas for the installation of the system so that we can complete a preliminary design.

solar plant 3D design

2. Preliminary design and firm offer
Next our engineers get to work. With the information from the on-site consultation we produce a preliminary design for your solar power system. Based on this preliminary design we will make a firm offer to you. In this firm offer we will specify the type, power, size and location of the solar power system we offer you. The offer will set out the solar rate, your purchase options and the savings the system will generate for you.

solar savings graph

3. Sign your solar agreement
After you accept our firm offer, we will conclude a solar agreement with you. Our standard agreement is a simple, one page agreement that is based on industry standards and adapted to your local market where needed. In parallel to this we will also complete our financial due diligence to approve your project with our credit committee.

solar wafers and cells

4. Design and permitting work
Once the solar agreement has been signed, we complete the detailed design of the solar plant down to every screw and cable. We will obtain all, if any, necessary permits and licenses for the installation of the plant.
Lastly, we will order and ship all components of the solar power system to your site and agree on an installation date with you. 

roof mounted solar power plant

5. Installation and commissioning
The installation of the solar system is fast. Captive and net-metering systems under 400 kW can usually be installed and commissioned by our team in under a week. During the installation we make sure that we create minimal nuisance for you and do not get in the way of your work. 

solar power plant monitoring

6. Pay less for your energy
When the solar power system is commissioned it is time for you to flick the switch. From this moment onwards, whenever the sun shines you will be getting cheaper, clean solar energy from us.
You can check on your savings and solar energy consumption online, on your mobile and, of course, on-site. Every month we will send you a detailed report of the solar production and your savings.

thermal imaging of solar module

7. Monitoring and maintenance
We monitor all of our solar power systems 24/7 to make sure everything is running smoothly. Our solar power systems are extremely robust and reliable and require minimal maintenance. When something needs attention, we dispatch a maintenance and repair team.
If you like, we will also, free of charge, monitor your overall energy consumption for you. That way we can help you spot trends and changes in your energy consumption and identify opportunities for further savings.


Equator Energy - Nairobi


Equator Energy - Uganda


Equator Energy - Dakar



Floor 13, Office 1313
Applewood Building, Ngong Road
Nairobi, Kenya

+254 741 879 815


Kansanga - Kiwafu Road
Off Gaba Road
Kampala, Uganda

+256 740 111 999


2nd Floor, Résidence Lagane
Avenue Coumba Gawlo
Yoff, Dakar, Senegal

+221 77 715 96 86

Equator Energy

© Copyright 2023 - Equator Energy Ltd.
Privacy policy: We do not collect any personally identifiable information on our site. We collect anonymous usage and visitor statistics using google analytics. The user and event data is automatically deleted after 14 months and we do not share data with google or any other party for marketing, development or other purposes.