BBOXX raises €6M via crowdfunding to bring solar to more homes in Africa

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BBOXX has raised €6 million via Trine in what is the largest crowd-funded debt raise in the history of solar energy in Africa.

BBOXX, a next generation utility, will accelerate BBOXX’s installation of pay-as-you-go solar home systems in Kenya, Rwanda, Togo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Senegal and Guinea. This will positively impact the lives of over 200,000 underserved people in these countries.

According to Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and Co-Founder of BBOXX, “Hundreds of millions of people in Africa still live without electricity. Collaborating with Trine has allowed us to tap into retail investors who share our vision for transforming people’s lives through sustainable energy provision.”

Hamayun says electricity is only the starting point bringing access to energy brings people into the digital economy, creating new markets and generating demand in other areas, such as water, internet and finance.

The investment will apply to customers across BBOXX’s distribution mix, unlocking potential in households, communities and SMEs across both rural and urban regions. BBOXX is transforming people’s lives through the provision of affordable, reliable and clean energy, as well as other modern utilities and value-added services that these people demand but have never had available.

This is the final round of six €1 million targets that took place over the last 12 months. Trine and BBOXX launched the first of these six funding rounds in February 2018 and reached their first €1 million target one month later in record time. Repayments from the loans have also started to go out to investors in the first rounds of these loans to BBOXX – with expected nominal interest rates of 6.75% on investments up to €1,000, a bonus rate of 8.75% on investments of €1,000 or more, and a bonus rate of 11% on investments of €50,000 or more.

Sam Manaberi, CEO and co-founder of Trine, said, “We’ve witnessed unprecedented demand from retail investors who want to invest sustainably in solar energy in growing markets, for example Africa. Trine has also shown that having a positive impact on climate change can be met with competitive returns on investment. Crowdfunding is a useful low-cost flexible type of finance that allows high-growth businesses like BBOXX to scale.”

The €6 million has been raised in Sweden and across Europe by over 4,400 unique investors. While crowd-investors can invest as little as €25 through Trine, on average people invested between €500 and €600.