Our story

Our progressive company has evolved into a dynamic team who are driven to assist our customers in reaching their green energy ambitions whilst saving them money.

OUR STORY

We provide
simple, sustainable savings

As market leaders, we specialise in bringing together our financial and technical expertise to provide the best energy solutions for our customers.

Our diversified offering provides a holistic approach to solar solutions that are created to meet the long term sustainable needs of our customers.

The SolarAfrica journey

Starting out as one of the only companies in South Africa specialising in solar finance through Power Purchase Agreements, our product offering has grown exponentially.

Join us as we take a step down memory lane, celebrating the significant relationships we’ve built with our customers, suppliers and partners, alongside our dynamic team who have made it all possible.

2011

Co-Founded
By James Irons & David McDonald with a vision to become the leading solar energy enabler

NVI Energy
Started operating as NVI Energy focusing on project based finance in the clean-tech industry

2013

Garden City Mall
Installed the first solar PPA in Kenya

2014

First Employee
Preeti Ragoobar
Total staff: 3

First Office
Calebasses, Mauritius

SolarAfrica
Name change to SolarAfrica Energy with new logo

2015

Second Office
Grand Baie, Mauritius
Total staff: 8

Residential Solar Power
Launched RSA
residential product

2016

Third Office
Centurion, South Africa
Total staff: 13

Unifii
First to launch own solar proposal software tool called Unifii

Frost & Sullivan Award
South African Solar Rooftop PV Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

CIO & Director
Charl Alheit joins to lead fundraising for the group

2017

Krystalline Salt Limited
Delivered East Africa’s Largest Industrial Solar System

Fourth Office
New larger office in Irene Route 21 Corporate Park
Total staff: 14

2018

Commercial & Industrial
Solar Power

Launched RSA C&I product

Singita Luxury Lodge & Reserve
Funded the largest battery system in Africa. First Tesla Power Pack installed in Africa

2019

Successfully navigated Covid-19
Delivered & financed 80 projects
Total staff: 19

2020

Ford Motor Company
Signed & constructed one of the largest solar carports in the world

Fifth Office
New larger office in Irene Corporate Corner
Total staff: 29

2021

Social Media Milestone
Reached 10 000 followers
on LinkedIn

Ten Years Later
Delivered & financed
projects in 5 countries
60MW+ in commercial solar PPAs
Financed 135+ projects
Total staff: 50+

2011

Co-Founded
By James Irons & David McDonald with a vision to become the leading solar energy enabler

NVI Energy
Started operating as NVI Energy focusing on project based finance in the clean-tech industry

2014

First Employee
Preeti Ragoobar
Total staff: 3

First Office
Calebasses, Mauritius

SolarAfrica
Name change to SolarAfrica Energy with new logo

2016

Third Office
Centurion, South Africa
Total staff: 13

Unifii
First to launch own solar proposal software tool called Unifii

Frost & Sullivan Award
South African Solar Rooftop PV Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

CIO & Director
Charl Alheit joins to lead fundraising for the group

2018

Commercial & Industrial
Solar Power

Launched RSA C&I product

Singita Luxury Lodge & Reserve
Funded the largest battery system in Africa. First Tesla Power Pack installed in Africa

2020

Ford Motor Company
Signed & constructed one of the largest solar carports in the world

Fifth Office
New larger office in Irene Corporate Corner
Total staff: 29

2013

Garden City Mall
Installed the first solar PPA in Kenya

2015

Second Office
Grand Baie, Mauritius
Total staff: 8

Residential Solar Power
Launched RSA
residential product

2017

Krystalline Salt Limited
Delivered East Africa’s Largest Industrial Solar System

Fourth Office
New larger office in Irene Route 21 Corporate Park
Total staff: 14

2019

Successfully navigated Covid-19
Delivered & financed 80 projects
Total staff: 19

2021

Social Media Milestone
Reached 10 000 followers
on LinkedIn

Ten Years Later
Delivered & financed
projects in 5 countries
60MW+ in commercial solar PPAs
Financed 135+ projects
Total staff: 50+

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Join the SolarAfrica team

The SolarAfrica team is committed to helping our customers have safer, cleaner and more reliable electricity through affordable energy solutions. We believe in equal opportunity, rewarding performance and encouraging personal growth through training and education.