SunCulture secures US$11m from investors for its solar powered irrigation systems

KENYA – A consortium of investors is availing an US$11 million line of credit for SunCulture, a supplier of solar powered irrigation systems based in Nairobi, Kenya for the dissemination of its solution in Africa.

The new financial partners include the Off-Grid Energy Access Fund of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Energy Inclusion Facility (OGEF); Triodos Investment Management, the Danish government’s Nordic Development Fund (NDF); and the investment company AlphaMundi.

The entire transaction was arranged by SunFunder, a financing company specialised in solar energy.

SunCulture, which has already started drawing on the credit line, believes the facility will make it easier for it to provide solar-powered irrigation systems to farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The new line of credit made available to it will prevent the emission of 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year”

Most of the farmers in Sub-Sharan Africa use diesel-powered irrigation systems to irrigate their farms, but thanks to solar pumping, they save money while reducing the environmental impact of their farms.

SunCulture estimates that the new line of credit made available to it will prevent the emission of 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

To facilitate the acquisition of its equipment in rural areas where purchasing power is often low, the Nairobi-based company uses the pay-as-you-go model, which is very common among solar home system suppliers in Africa.

The implementation is facilitated by mobile banking, which is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa.

“SunFunder has set up this facility with a group of like-minded lenders to support an innovative product and business model. We look forward to seeing SunCulture expand into Kenya and new markets, says Surabhi Mathur Visser, SunFunder’s Chief Investment Officer.

And the success of SunCulture’s business model is palpable, because despite the health crisis caused by Covid-19, the company was able to raise US$14 million in 2020 from several investors to finance its expansion in sub-Saharan Africa.

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