STM Solar Technologies Manufacturing

Offering solar power solutions for rural Ethiopian households
2015 SEED Africa Award Winner Clean Energy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The initiative supplies rural households in Ethiopia with a variety of solar home systems and solar lamps. STM Solar Technologies Manufacturing sells their products in Ethiopian Birr to facilitate purchases, and also offer micro-finance credit for households that cannot afford to make a full payment for the products upfront.

After acquiring a solar system, families are trained in how to use them and on the importance of using renewable energy. The enterprise also offers repair services when needed.

STM Solar Technologies Manufacturing is the first private Ethiopian company to offer solar lamps and solar home systems to rural households in the country. To facilitate the acquisition of their products, the enterprise sells them in local currency and offers micro-finance credit. Households have access to a more affordable energy source and more lighting hours, while suffering less health risks and environmental impacts.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

The enterprise provides extra lighting hours for studies, business purposes and public service provision, at the same time decreasing carbon emission and deforestation. This also leads to new job opportunities in Ethiopia, especially for women.
  • Providing more lighting hours for studies, businesses and public services.
  • Reducing pollution-related diseases by decreasing the use of kerosene and firewood.
  • Employing women in rural Ethiopia as technicians. 
  • Reducing carbon emissions and deforestation, as well as risks of fires by substituting kerosene lamps, firewood and diesel generators with solar systems.



  • Facilitating economic development through access to affordable electricity for studies, business purposes and public service provision.
  • Ensuring income for more families by increasing employment in sales, assembling, administration and stock activities.



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

STM Solar Technologies Manufacturing SC is the assembling company working in Ethiopia.

SunTransfer GmbH is the major shareholder of the initiative. The German company offers guidance in financial, business and management matters.

Sun Transfer Tech PLC is the enterprise’s local distribution partner.

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