Welcome to SolarKobo

For as long as Nigeria has had electricity, there has always been a problem of inconsistent power supply. This has driven businesses to acquire portable electricity generators and fuel them at such huge costs that many businesses struggle to stay afloat, raise prices to break even and in many cases go out of business due to unsustainable energy expenses. Households are by no means insulated from the problem; rendering processes like food refrigeration impossible and making the use of non-electric lighting (lanterns, candles, etc) necessary. Most families acquire gasoline electricity generators despite the fuel cost as well as the noise and air pollution consequences. Given this cost and the unreliability (of both the grid and gasoline/diesel supply for the private generators), solar energy presents a cost-effective alternative limited only by its high upfront cost.

SolarKobo is a renewable energy company that provides affordable and reliable renewable energy solutions for small businesses and households. SolarKobo will bear the upfront cost of a solar system and charge its customers a more palatable monthly fee. Our major value propositions to our customers are the lower energy cost, higher reliability, and better environmental responsibility. This is in addition to the spared inconvenience of dealing with the vagaries of fuel supply for private generators including price hikes and scarcities.

 

Team

Chidube Ezeozue holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nigeria and is currently a dual master’s degree student in Technology and Policy (TPP) and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has headed the technology department of Seamfix, a Nigerian startup software company. He also spent a year designing efficient building electrical services at the University of Jos. He is a fellow of the Legatum entrepreneurship center at MIT.

Chukwumaobi Onuoha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria. He has worked in a number of roles including IT services, technology consulting, supply chain management and HR at organizations including Stanbic IBTC Bank, KPMG Professional Services and Procter and Gamble (P&G).

Nonye Amadi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Lagos. She has worked in the treasury and foreign exchange units of Stanbic IBTC Bank and Citibank. She is currently a certified financial analyst (CFA) level 3 candidate.

Ekene Umeike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria and is currently a master’s degree student in the Technology and Policy Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he does research analyzing renewable energy generation in developing economies. Mr Umeike has worked in the IT unit at Oando and Network Management Center at MTN Nigeria. He also worked as a business analyst and head of communications at Seamfix where he created and developed new business ventures for the software company.