candi solar AG
With a loan of EUR 250,000 candi solar AG will be able to install approximately 475kWp of solar projects at 3 rooftops of companies in India.
- Direct investment
- 14 new jobs
- 400 KwH generated
- 70 people reached
- 500 tons of CO2 reduced
About the issuer
IMPORTANT NOTE: high risk product - direct loan to a renewable energy product distribution company. No local financial institution in between to cover risks.
Issuer: candi solar AG
Amount: EUR 250,000 senior debt
Maturity: 48 months, semi-annually and linearly amortizing
Interest rate: 6% p.a.
Turnover: EUR 671,000 (2019)
This is a direct loan to a company (rather than lending to a financial institution) and therefore it is recommendable that you are careful with the amount you will invest.
candi solar AG offers a fully financed rooftop solar solutions to underserved SMEs in Asia & Africa, allowing clients to immediately cut their electricity costs, reduce their reliance on grid and diesel power, and eventually own the system themselves. candi’s clients range from schools and offices, to newspaper publishers and small industrial manufacturers. By developing a distinctive set of tools – including the use of simplified contracts, innovative IT and hardware solutions and a streamlined credit check – candi is able to scale solar into a sector which up until now has been largely overlooked.
With a EUR 250,000 raise, candi will install around 475 kWp of projects across 3 SMEs in India. These SMEs range from small-scale manufacturers and family run businesses, to schools and office buildings. They form the backbone of Indian society, representing a large majority of employers, firms and economic output, making them critical to socioeconomic development. This loan 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 to finance additional employment, schoolbooks, playgrounds, IT equipment, refurbishments, and more.
These funds will be used to:
- Deploy up to 475 kWp of new projects across the rooftops of 3 SMEs in India
- Lead to employment for up to 14 people
candi gives a return to its investors through the SME clients paying us monthly for the power they consume. Once the contract is up, the client owns it, at which point the solar will produce free, reliable solar power for the SME for the remainder of the asset’s life, typically another 10-15 years.
We sell into these SMEs via a number of sales agents across India, who work on commission and are already embedded through their network across a range of SME sectors. The systems we deploy are typically on metal sheds and RCC (concrete) rooftops, and vary between 50-250 kWp in size. This will usually displace between 20-40% of the client’s electricity consumption, saving them money in the process, and mitigating their consumption from the predominantly coal-fired power grid.
What sets candi apart from regular C&I rooftop solar players is our use of a distinctive set of tools specifically designed to target SMEs in emerging markets, as these counterparties are typically unrated, with limited resources and short investment horizons. We have thus developed an innovative IT management ecosystem, roof mounts ‘designed for default’, shortened contracts, and a simplified credit check, allowing us to minimise costs and maximise quality.
Since commencing operations last year, we have contracted or commissioned more than 2.5 MW of rooftop solar for more than 15 happy clients, ranging from schools and industrial units, to auto parts manufacturers and a local newspaper publisher. We aim to install 100 MW of rooftop solar in the next five years across the small-scale SME sector, including geographical expansion to Africa and other parts of Asia.
The financial savings for our SME clients takes place immediately. For 475 kWp following the Lendahand raise, the impact will be:
Additional information on candi Solar:
Description of Vision & Mission:
To empower SMEs with cheap, reliable solar power across India & Africa resulting in twin benefits of carbon mitigation and local economic development.
Philippe Flamand- CEO, Global
10+ years of experience in finance & renewables, from Asia to Europe to Africa. Worked with Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong prior to focusing on renewables with SUSI Partners and responsAbility out of Zurich, managing various equity and debt funds investing into the sector globally.
MSc Sust. Dev., London School of Economics; BBusSc (Econ.) University of Cape Town; CFA.
Rahul Gill- CEO, India
Experienced developer and financier with 15+ years experience over 1.2GW. After Goldman Sachs in New York went on to work with NRG, 8minuteenergy and others, with a focus on project finance, development and due diligence. Then launched a solar development company in India, which has completed a number of rooftop assets.
BSc Electrical Eng., Mangalore University; MPA, University of Pennsylvania; MBA, University of Illinois.
Amit Ray- CFO, India
20+ years global experience leading several projects across multiple industry verticals; finance & accounting, operating & capital budgeting, infrastructure financing, capital raising and auditing. Has advised key financial initiatives linked to the City of New York, the Ford Motor Company, Standard Chartered Bank & PWC among others.
BSc Mathematics, University of Delhi; Chartered Accountant.
Chris Brosz- CTO, Global
Engineer and consultant for 10+ years, most recently with Arup, South Africa. Has supported over 100 renewable energy projects across the world, spanning the project cycle from concept and design through to procurement, construction and operation. Has also carried out due diligence on over 3 GW of assets for clients including Abengoa, e.on, Equis.
BSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado.
Previous realized projects: 2557 kWp portfolio across India and 17 SME client sites; predominantly in the states of Chandigarh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Punjab.
“Candi really helped to power our business with reliable solar power while helping us save money in the process.
They use top-of-the-line equipment and technology, the contract is much shorter compared to the market standard, and they were highly professional and commendable as partners throughout the process.
Now we're considering extending our partnership with them at Novus Towers to do solar parking and much more."
- Vivek Bansal, MD of Novus Towers, a commercial building on outskirts of Delhi
|Company name||candi solar AG|
|Sector||Sustainable energy projects|
Impact of this project
- With this investment 14 jobs are created
- With this investment 400 KwH is generated
- With this investment 70 people are reached
- With this investment 500 tons of CO2 are reduced
About the risks
What are the risks of investing money?
The risk level depends on the specific project. Local partners cover the risk of currency exchange rates and defaults on Local Partner investments. They do this by maintaining financial reserves for this purpose. Aside from that, there is an option to claim their equity if needed. While these measures are intended to minimize the risk to investors, our local partners face risks of their own that could affect their ability to secure your investment. These include - bankruptcy - currency exchange rates - fraud - operational risks - political and regulatory changes - natural disasters or epidemics.
With direct investments, risks of default are not covered. As the risks are higher, so are the interest rates.
There is also some operational risk at Lendahand. An example might be that Lendahand is unable to find shareholders to finance their activities. In such a case, Lendahand will handle outstanding investments at the best of its ability. At the same time, our ability to legally address non-payment from local partners becomes understandably difficult.
How does Lendahand minimize the risks?
Every local partner must share our social mission to ensure local entrepreneurs can access affordable financing, allowing them to grow their business. Local partners must also have a 'track record'; they must have proven themselves as a reliable credit provider for SMEs.
For instance, this means a solid credit portfolio and enough buffers and equity to compensate for unexpected downturns. We also check the organizational structure of the portfolio company and how robust their (internal) procedures are. Finally, the investments must be in proportion to the total balance of that portfolio company. A healthy balance between effectuating influence and being independent is crucial. If you would like to receive more information on the financial indicators we employ, please contact us via email@example.com.
When currency exchange risks become too high for a local partner, Lendahand will urge the local partner to cover these risks. In some scenarios, the local partner is contractually obliged to comply with these demands.
Lendahand always conducts due diligence when companies request funding. The results can be downloaded on the project detail page. However, this analysis is not investing advice.
Does Lendahand provide a guarantee?
Usually we don't. Local partners take care of the repayment, even if (some) entrepreneurs are unable to do so themselves. If the local partner is for some reason unable to repay then there is a chance of partial or full loss of your money. For this reason, Lendahand only selects financially solid partners based on strict criteria.
For most direct investments, there is no guarantee. However, currency risks are covered.
Sometimes, and only for some direct investments in Africa, our partner Sida, part of the Swedish government, will guarantee a maximum of 50%. Read here more about guarantees with Sida. Projects with Sida guarantees are indicated explicitly on the project page.
Does Lendahand have a license or exemption?
Yes. The Dutch Authority Financial Markets (AFM) has provided Hands-on B.V. (with trade name 'Lendahand') in September 2016 with an investment firm license in accordance with article 2:96 of the Financial Markets Supervision Act (Wft). Placing orders on Lendahand's website is therefore an AFM regulated activity. Lendahand also meets its minimum capital requirements following its license as required by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).
Lendahand uses an exemption from an approved prospectus that is available up to EUR 5 Million per year.
How safe are my personal details?
We adhere to strict safety requirements concerning private and payment details. All sensitive data is sent through an encrypted connection (https). Also, information is stored (encrypted) in a secured facility provided by AWS: the world’s largest hosting service. A secured connection and multi-factor authentication can only retrieve customer documents.
What happens if the local currency devaluates?
Our local partners and companies bear the exchange rate risks. We settle the investments, redemptions, and interest payments in euro.
Does Lendahand use a third foundation fund?
What happens with my money if Lendahand goes bankrupt?
If Hands-On BV (containing the brand name Lendahand) went bankrupt, trades between Lendahand and payment service provider Intersolve EGI would cease immediately. Intersolve will then transfer the funds in your wallet to your bank account (Note: if at this time the project you have invested in has been fully funded and the money has thus been transferred to the local partner, these funds will not be transferred back to your bank account). Intersolve will then, in consultation with a trustee, handle all repayments between the investors and entrepreneurs until the final repayment of the last project has taken place.
Additionally, Lendahand is part of the investor compensation scheme (ICS). This scheme aims to compensate individuals and small businesses with trusted money and or financial instruments (such as notes or options) to a licensed bank, an investment firm, or a financial institution. In case the financial firm is unable to meet its obligations arising from claims related to the investment service (in other words, if Hands-On BV is not keeping track of the acquired notes by investors in the Wge depot correctly). The ICS guarantees an amount of up to €20.000 per individual. For more information, go to www.toezicht.dnb.nl/en/2/50-202210
Why is Intersolve EGI handling my money?
What happens when a local partner goes bankrupt?
About candi solar AG
|Revenue (per year)||€300,000|
|Equity / total assets||58.60%|