1,400 KWpWith £500,000, candi will be able to install up to approximately 1,400 KWp capacity of solar panels.
Funds from this raise will provide up to 2 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with clean and affordable energy.
It has always been Energise Africa's intention to look beyond Africa and raise finance for organisations operating in other continents. This candi offer to raise funds for their India operations, forms part of a trial to transition Energise Africa into a globally inclusive platform.
Founded in January 2018, candi is a dedicated rooftop solar installer, financier and operator for underserved small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in South Africa and India.
It brings together international capital, through its Swiss-based parent, and local expertise in order to serve this underserved sector. In doing so candi aims to reduce carbon emissions, create jobs, increase energy access and save money for businesses, thereby releasing capital for more productive use in the economy.
candi is benefiting from £30,000 of match funding from Good Energies Foundation. For every £3 invested via the crowd, Energise Africa will add a further £1 in investment from Good Energies Foundation up to £30,000.
About candi solar B.V
Key Product Information
Issuer: Candi solar B.V.
Issuing Country: Netherlands
Investment target: £500,000
Minimum investment: £50
Maximum investment: No maximum
Maturity: 48 months
Expected interest rate: 5.75% per annum
Withholding tax rate: 0% (applicable to UK residents who do not invest within an IF ISA)
Interest payment frequency: 6 monthly
Capital repayment: Semi-annually (from 12 months onwards)*
Financial instrument: Promissory note / secured interest bearing bond
* For the first 12 months after the Issue Date, a "Grace Period" applies during which no capital repayments occur. During this Grace Period, the Issuer will make Interest Payments on the Interest Payment Dates. The first capital repayment will take place 12 months after the Issue Date, and on a semi-annual basis thereafter. Please refer to the amortization schedule found on Page 25 of the offer document.
This is a bond issued by a single company (rather than a savings product) and therefore it is recommended that you are careful with the amount you invest.
You must read the investment memorandum (provided below) where a full statement of risks is presented.
Candi solar in the media
Candi solar B.V. is one of the pioneering solar companies supported by the Energise Africa initiative, a joint venture between Lendahand and Ethex.
What the project investment will enable
With the funds from this raise, candi will finance, procure and install up to 2 tailor made solar infrastructure projects into leases with SMEs in India. Each system will have approximately 700 KW capacity.
Since its incorporation, candi has built a portfolio of more than 10MW and has a predicted pipeline of a further 100MW of installations across South Africa and India. As well as installing these systems for their clients, candi also provides technical advice and operation and maintenance support, providing their clients with a holistic solution to their systems. All the company’s equipment is certified and sourced from tier 1 suppliers across the value chain, including Jinko Solar, Trina Solar and SMA Solar Technology.
Examples of some of the SMEs who are clients of candi include food manufacturers, media outlets as well as schools and universities. These clients are typically situated in areas with high power tariffs, dense industrial clusters, and where there is an unreliable power grid. Access to client's own electricity supply greatly reduces the risk of black outs and candi's multiple contractual structures means clients can choose based on their own needs and financial position.
candi solar B.V
candi offers a fully financed rooftop solar solution to underserved SMEs in India, allowing clients to immediately cut their electricity costs, reduce their reliance on grid and diesel power, and eventually own the system themselves.
This investment will empower the SMEs through a fully financed rooftop solar solution, cutting their operating costs and allow them to inject the savings back into their operations e.g. to create jobs, finance schoolbooks & playground, purchase IT equipment and make refurbishments.
Social and environmental impact
The installation of solar plants for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has shown to have both a significant impact on the companies and the environment. To date, candi has contracted and/or commissioned over 10MW in projects across 43 different sites (5 currently under construction).
The positive impact of addressing this market gap is immense. The social impact that candi has made to-date is:
tailor made solar infrastructure projects installed
total installed capacity to date
full time employees at candi
The units candi will deploy are approcimately 700 kWp in size. The environmental impact of installing the full 1,400kWp capacity from this raise will be:
new SMEs utilising clean energy
reduction of CO2 each year per system
total CO2 emissions offset over 25 years