About Samansco

Samansco (Private) Limited is a Zimbabwean based Renewable Energy, Back-Up Power and Appropriate Technology company that was founded in 1982. Since its formation Samansco has been in the forefront of Solar Photovoltaic development in Central and Southern Africa and to date have supplied over 14,000 systems in 14 countries.

Brief Company History

  • 1982 – Samansco (Ecological Designs) was founded by a group of dynamic Zimbabwean entrepreneurs and community leaders, including the local Mayor and Provincial Governor in Masvingo, Zimbabwe.
  • 1983 – Company purchases Victoria Plumbing Works and begins expansion into appropriate technology and renewable energy field.
  • 1985 – With the support of the Zimbabwe Development Bank company invests over US$1 million in the construction of plant and purchase of equipment to manufacture Soladur solar thermal water systems under license from Wolfgan & Hauck, Germany. Company gains Exclusive rights for the product for the entire SADC & PTA Markets including Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar.
  • 1987 – Company completes largest Solar Thermal Installation at the time in Central and Southern Africa atthe National Technology Institute, in Malawi beating out a host of international competition in the processand establishing itself as a regional force in solar energy.
  • 1989 – Installs first solar powered street light in Zimbabwe for the Rural District Council of Gutu.
  • 1990 – Opens Harare sales office.
  • 1991 – Founding member of Solar Industries Association of Zimbabwe.
  • 1992 – Appointed Exclusive Solarex (BP Solar) Distributor for Zimbabwe.

  • 1993 – First approved supplier to the US$7 Million United National Development Program – Global Environmental Facility (UNDP/GEF Project).
  • 1995 – Disposes of Solardur franchise and plant and equipment and focuses exclusively on SolarPhotovoltaic Technology.
  • 1995 – Appointed Exclusive Trace Engineering (Xantrex) Distributor for Zimbabwe.
  • 1997 – Appointed Solarex (BP Solar) Authorized Distributor for Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique,Uganda.
  • 1997 – Appointed Morningstar Corporation Authorized Distributor.
  • 1997 – Company Exceeds US$1.3 million is sales for Solarex for three-year period ending Sept 1997.Making Samansco third largest Distributor on the African continent after South Africa and Morocco.
  • 1998 – Awarded Solarex (BP Solar) award for Outstanding Sales Achievement.
  • 1998 – Awarded Morningstar award for Outstanding Sales Achievement.
  • 1998 – Appointed Exclusive Distributor for Power Battery Co.
  • 1999 – Samansco / Solarex end the 7 year Untied Nations Development Program – Global Environmental Facility (UNDP/GEF Project) as the Number 1 installer and equipment supplier.
  • 1999 – Opens national sales office in Lusaka, Zambia. Samansco and partners awarded in excess of US$ 1.1 million in contracts from World Bank Social Recovery Project.
  • 2000 – Completes supply and installation of 30 solar powered blood-testing units for the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) in conjunction with Mitsubishi Japan for the Project for Integrated Malaria Control Initiative.
  • 2001 – Completes Multi-Million Dollar Projects for Plan International and EU Micro-projects to electrify schools and clinics.
  • 2002 – Completes Installation of WHO Approved Vaccine Refrigeration units in 22 sites with Fortum AES, Norway / NAPS Solar.

  • 2003 – Spins off Communications Equipment Division, Nexteq Systems and disposes divisions operations to Alliance Holdings (Pvt) Ltd.
  • 2004 – Begins pilot test phase of LED Based Solar Street Lighting.
  • 2005 – Launches Research & Development into Hybrid Systems.
  • 2007 – Completes Design of Samansco Power Centres, SPC1 & SPC2, Africa’s first fully enclosed modular Solar Hybrid Power Centres.
  • 2008 – Awarded Multi-Year Contract for Solar Water Pumping & Electrification for Wildlife Protection and Environmental Conservation efforts in Zimbabwe Matusadona National Park by The Tashinga Initiative.
  • 2009 & 2010 – Becomes largest supplier of Back-Up Power and Solar Hybrid Solutions in Zimbabwe Telecommunications Market, completing installation of 28 sites in calendar year 2009.
  • 2010 - Samansco is commissioned by Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe in conjunction with Lutheran Development Service to undertake a community development project by powering 7 clinics in Matebeleland South and Masvingo Province using advanced Solar Systems.
  • 2011 - Samansco continues efforts in wildlife conservation project along with the Tashinga Initiave. EU multi-year funding, along with Italian Aid CESVI has been awarded and four additional sites in the Matusadona area have been powered with solar systems to improve the lives of the ranger community.
  • 2011 - US Embassy in Harare Ambassador’s Self-Help Program contracts Samansco to provide two solar water pumps systems along with two vegetable gardens in Mana Pools and Mkanga conservation areas to assist the ranger community with a reliable water system to become self sufficient.
  • 2011 - Oxfam contracts Samansco to undertake market linkages study covering +250 rural households in southern Zimbabwe for multi-year EU funded project. Samansco provides comprehensive research, analysis and project document. Oxfam successfully receives funding from European Union.
  • 2011 - Solidarites International chooses Samansco to install a Solar Water Pump in Hatcliffe, Harare to pursue and continue development work towards food security and livelihood well being.
  • 2012 - Samansco partner with Schneider Electric - BipBop Program to launch pilot battery charging stations throughout Eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi with UK based NGO Practical Action. Combined Schneider Electric and Samansco training Seminar trains 85 local technicians and entrepreneurs on Schneider Electric Solar products.

    2012 - ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) chooses Samansco to supply and install a Solar Water Pumping System in Ruwa to provide potable water for the community.

    2012 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) contracts Samansco to Solar Power Refugee Camp at Nyamapanda close to the Mozambican border.




Recent Case Study

Case Study:

Sustainable Solar Irrigation Scheme in Ruti - Gutu

OXFAM ZIMBABWE selects Samansco to Design & Install a Solar Water System for Project Irrigation Scheme in Ruti - Gutu.

Samansco is selected to work jointly with Oxfam International to achieve a sustainable solar irrigation model. The OXFAM Project: “Rural Sustainable Energy Development in Zimbabwe” main objective is to promote the use of micro-hydro and solar energy by rural people around the Ruti irrigation scheme in Zimbabwe and to share information and learning on the implementation of renewable energy technology for socio-economic development in Zimbabwe.

Close to 20,000 people in the Ruti Community are seeing the direct benefits of the project, by having organized 300 irrigation farming households, 2 clinics, 1 school, 10 local entrepreneurs, 5 solar technicians and 1 agribusiness centre.


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