Invest in Solar Energy

Generate up to 10% APY and up to 18% IRR by investing in energy generated from our portfolio of solar projects across Africa

Why Asoba?

Our portfolio is regionally focused with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) of 16 countries, from DR Congo in the north to South Africa. With a combined GDP of over $700B and a total population of 345M, this is an economic zone poised for tremendous growth opportunity over the 21st century given investment in infrastructure – particularly renewable energy – and liquidity made available for small business growth.

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Triple Bottom Line Thesis

That growth potential, though, is under threat.  The positive correlation between electricity production and economic growth is crystal clear.  Over 75% of businesses in the region deal with regular power outages.  The economic loss due to power outage is enormous, so the benefit of rapid expansion of power via solar is not just profit.  It provides opportunity for quality of life improvement at the scale of the Asian Tiger miracle as seen from the 1960s through the 1990’s.

Why Asoba?

Our portfolio is regionally focused with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) of 16 countries, from DR Congo in the north to South Africa. With a combined GDP of over $700B and a total population of 345M, this is an economic zone poised for tremendous growth opportunity over the 21st century given investment in infrastructure – particularly renewable energy – and liquidity made available for small business growth.

Triple Bottom Line Thesis

That growth potential, though, is under threat.  The positive correlation between electricity production and economic growth is crystal clear.  Over 75% of businesses in the region deal with regular power outages.  The economic loss due to power outage is enormous, so the benefit of rapid expansion of power via solar is not just profit.  It provides opportunity for quality of life improvement at the scale of the Asian Tiger miracle as seen from the 1960s through the 1990’s.

African happy woman carrying box with seedlings while growing vegetables in the greenhouse together with her family

Frequently Asked Questions

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Cash flows from Asoba’s project portfolio back our NFTs and focus primarily on utility-scale, ground-mounted solar farms

We invest in projects within 16 member states of SADC: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

While there is no formal minimum project size, we find that it is difficult to generate yields and IRR attractive to investors on projects smaller than 250kW

In most areas of operation, we will be offramping liquidity into local currency to execute projects, and then onramping cashflows from Power Purchase Agreements. We work with local banking partners to employ leverage and hedging strategies, and we will also be diversifying some portion of protocol treasury across other crypto assets to provide further inflation hedging yield.
We manage default risk in three ways.  First, we underwrite all projects using a proprietary credit risk model that is specific to the Sub Saharan African context, and select only projects that have A-level credit risk.  Second, we specifically invest only in projects where power buyers have operational assets that can be repossessed and liquidated in the event of default.  Third, we deploy funds were possible in a milestone-based manner.  Our project audit team on the ground reviews project performance at each milestone to ensure appropriate use of assets as well as ongoing financial performance.

An investor has several options for participating in deals.  One is to provide capital directly via buying Asoba NFTs.  A second option is to invest with fiat (USD) via partner investment syndicates, such as the Zimbabwe Diaspora Nation Building Initiative, which pool investor funds and adds an extra layer of custodial protection. A third option is via institutional debt funds, with whom we partner for financing on larger scale projects.

Undeployed funds within our liquidity pool and project cashflow returns are held in USD treasuries, hard asset backed stablecoins, and USD I-bonds.  Not only does this offer an extra layer of principal protection, but I-bonds especially provide a safe-haven protection against inflation for dividends not yet distributed back to NFT and cash investors.

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