Solar Serve

Solar Serve is a social enterprise specialising in the manufacturing, distribution and installation of products utilising naturally provided energy, such as solar devices, clean cookers and fuels. Solar Serve currently has two core products – parabolic solar cookers and clean cookstoves – and a number of other related products and services (e.g. solar heaters, solar panel installation). For its two core products, Solar Serve’s target markets are rural communities as well as low-income people in cities.

Fundraising

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Idea

We have an elevator pitch. We are already working in <abbr title="Base of the Pyramid">BoP</abbr> markets and want to improve our current offering.
We have an elevator pitch. We are already working in BoP markets and want to improve our current offering.

Solar Serve is a social enterprise specializing in the manufacturing, distribution and installation of products utilizing naturally provided energy • Solar Serve currently has two core products – parabolic solar cookers and clean cookstoves – and a number of other related products and services (e.g. solar heaters, solar panel installation). For its two core products, Solar Serve’s target markets are rural communities and low income urbanites.

Team

Our founder has the business savvy and persistence to turn ideas into a company. We can build the product. Given the time and money, we can deliver on our promises.
Our founder has the business savvy and persistence to turn ideas into a company. We can build the product. Given the time and money, we can deliver on our promises.

Solar Serve’s team is currently composed of 15 FTEs. Key management positions are as follows: Director: Responsible for overall strategy and operations, business development and networking Technical expert: Assists Director in product research and development


Product

We have a working product or service. We have developed the product ourselves and own all of the <abbr title="Intellectual property (IP) rights are legally recognized exclusive rights to creations of the mind.">IP</abbr> for the product.
We have a working product or service. We have developed the product ourselves and own all of the IP for the product.

Apart from the solar cookers we also sell clean cookstoves. Clean cookstoves are designed to complement the Solar cookers when the weather is cloudy or when food must be cooked over a more intense fire. Agricultural waste such as rice husk, corn cobs and cassava bark can be used to power Solar Serve’s clean cookstoves. These materials are readily available in Vietnam, where the majority of the population living in rural areas.

Revenue

We already have revenue from paying customers.
We already have revenue from paying customers.

Trained staff members sell the products directly to local communities. In addition, each household using a Solar Serve product will save an estimated ~500 USD in fuel costs over 5 years.


Inclusiveness

We involve low-income groups as consumers. We involve low-income groups as distributors. We involve low-income groups as employees.

To date, Solar Serve has produced and provided more than 2500 solar cookers and 2700 clean cookstoves for poor and minority peoples. The use of clean cookers and fuels can dramatically reduce fuel consumption and exposure to cookstove smoke. Solar Serve offers efficient alternatives to traditional cooking.

We involve low-income groups as consumers. We involve low-income groups as distributors. We involve low-income groups as employees.

We estimate that each year one of our clean cookers or solar cookers can reduce CO2 emissions by 1.1 MT and can help retain 1.4 MT of trees, while clean cookers obviously still consume fuel and generate some emissions while solar cookers do not.

  1. Idea and Stage

  2. Team and Organization

  3. Market and Marketing

  4. Finance

  5. Impact

  6. Investment

Team

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