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Rift Valley Roses

Rift Valley Roses Ltd. is a family business established in 2011 by two brothers, Gordon and Stuart Millar. Rift Valley Roses prides itself on evolving and responding to market changes in the rose industry and moving in line with technology. Production on the farm started in February 2012. 12 different rose varieties are now grown by 424 employees.

The farm is located on the shoulder of the Aberdare mountain range at an altitude of 2,250 metres above sea level and covers an area of 22 hectares. The farm lies 10 km from the equator, which enables it to produce flowers consistently throughout the year. Fertile volcanic soils, daily equatorial sunshine and fresh water from the Aberdare mountain range ensure that the Rift Valley Roses roses thrive.

Rift Valley Roses' mission is to provide as many customers as possible with high-quality cut roses, consistently and reliably. They focus on quality, achieved through advanced rose cultivation techniques and good working conditions. Rift Valley Roses' flower farm also places great emphasis on ecologically sustainable flower production. The Rift Valley Roses flower farm is a member of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and is certified with the KFC Silver Label.

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Floating Solar Systems

First developed in 2008, floating solar arrays combine photovoltaic solar systems with floating structures. They are typically placed on bodies of water such as lakes and reservoirs and not only provide clean and affordable energy to users, but also create additional benefits for both the solar power systems and the water they float on. 

Benefits of Floating Solar Systems

Utility bills make up a major share of companies’ overall costs in Kenya. Using affordable solar energy to power the production, companies can save significantly on their electricity costs. 
Power coming from the grid is often produced by burning fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal, leading to high CO2 emissions. Solar systems, in comparison, are more environmentally friendly. Depending on the system details and the electricity mix of the national grid, up to 1 tonne of CO2/year can be saved by a solar system per kWp of capacity.
Similar to a roof-mounted photovoltaic system that takes up space that would otherwise remain unused, a floating solar farm does not require any additional space and thus increases land use efficiency. 
The water below the floating solar panels has a cooling effect on the system, which increases the energy production of the solar panels by 10-15%.
By protecting the water from direct sunlight, floating solar farms reduce water evaporation by up to 80%. This is an invaluable advantage for farms in hot countries like Kenya. Floating solar systems can also reduce water-related issues such as algae bloom.
The substructure is particularly compatible with the artificially created water reservoirs used in agriculture, as it adapts to the different levels of water by means of flexible side fixings and has no sharp edges that could damage the standard lining systems. In the event of very low water levels, the floats adapt to the slopes of the reservoir and protect the lining film from additional solar radiation.
As floating PV systems are more compact than land-based systems, management and installation is often simpler and faster.
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Solar Energy for Self-Consumption

Solar systems for self-consumption offer many benefits:

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Solar for Kenyan Businesses

Located close to the equator, Kenya enjoys an abundance of sunshine evenly distributed throughout the year. This makes the East African country a perfect location for solar power systems, which generate affordable, carbon-neutral electricity. Kenyan businesses can benefit from self-consumption solar systems. However, financial and technical hurdles often prevent businesses from harnessing the power of the sun. ecoligo makes it possible with a fully financed solar-as-a-service solution, enabling companies to use solar without high upfront costs or technical expertise.
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Crowdinvesting

ecoligo.investments is a crowdinvesting platform for renewable energy projects in emerging markets. It was initiated by ecoligo GmbH, which selects the projects to be presented to interested investors. The platform is operated by ecoligo invest GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CrowdDesk GmbH. The crowdinvesting process is made up of three steps:

Private investors finance solar projects in the sunbelt region of the world via the crowdinvesting platform ecoligo.investments. Investments start from 100€.
ecoligo implements the projects in cooperation with local EPC partners and operates the projects, thus ensuring long-term sustainable project operation. The companies supplied with solar power save electricity costs and CO2 emissions.

The income from the project operation generates annual interest for the private investors over a fixed loan period of usually 2 to 10 years. In this way, crowdinvestors actively combat climate change and support a sustainable economy in emerging markets, while investing their money profitably.