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

Building Africa's strategic clean energy network

75% of businesses across Africa deal with regular power outages, while the continent faces a $30B energy financing gap.  Asoba brings retail and institutional capital together to serve as the platform for economic growth with high availability solar power, grid management solutions, and technical energy policy support.

For Investors

The guide that outlines our investment thesis, process, and financials for developing solar projects

For Off-takers

Brochure for commercial and industrial offtakers outlining how we finance and build affordable on-site solar

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Technical

Read through the documentation for the project and to understand how we leverage our native token, Zuva

Regional Investment Focus

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

Today, retail and informal investment is the biggest source of business capital across all of Africa – more than 2x FDI. Additionally, the positive correlation between electricity production and economic growth is crystal clear.  Our win-win thesis is that tokenizing solar production can bring liquidity needed for rapidly expanding profitable solar production, targeting the $50B informal, remittance-based retail investment market as a primary source of capital.

Regional Investment Focus

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

Today, retail and informal investment is the biggest source of business capital across all of Africa – more than 2x FDI. Additionally, the positive correlation between electricity production and economic growth is crystal clear.  Our win-win thesis is that tokenizing reneawble energy investment can bring liquidity needed for rapidly expanding profitable energy production, targeting the $50B informal, remittance-based retail investment market as a primary source of capital.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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Asoba DeFi’s solar project portfolio, which is used to back the Zuva token, focuses 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 75kW
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 and staking the Zuva token.  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 yield generating, asset-backed stablecoins.  Not only does this offer an extra layer of principal protection as asset-backed coins have a floor they cannot fall below, but the high yields of stablecoins (as compared with a typical savings or money market account at sub 1% APY) offer significant upside that compounds investment returns from projects themselves.

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Asoba DeFi is the blockchain-based investment platform and team behind Zuva, a token backed by a portfolio of solar energy assets installed across Southern Africa.
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