Sustainability in Uganda

A better and greener future

MIPV.pro is based on the desire to drive the energy transition. We produce best-in-class sustainable energy solutions that are strong driving forces for environmental sustainability.
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Better and greener

A brighter future with solar panels

MIPV.pro is much more than solar panels. We are actively trying to improve the standards of living, reduce carbon emissions and in general communicating the importance of saving our planet trough the use of greener and more sustainable solutions to everything from everyday problems to much larger problems. 

Around  the world some people are more fortunate than others in terms of living standards. In the rural places of Uganda the standard of living is becoming better by becoming brighter.

We are currently working on various projects in which we use old solar panels, that still have a lot of life in them, to produce electricity coupled with a small lamp. This might not seem like something special, but in a small hut in Uganda this little lamp has a great impact, as the nighttime has just become a bit brighter, and therefore less dangerous. 

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Used solarpanels

Sustainable handling of used solar panels

Although our panels have a performance guarantee of 25 years, our used solarpanels never end up as solarpanel scrap. At MIPV.pro, we instead create life for the used solar cells through our Second Life program.

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Second life

Second Life-program

We are aware of our shared responsibility, and that is precisely why we at MIPV.pro have implemented a targeted effort in our strategy, which should contribute to combating energy poverty in Africa.

Through our Second Life program, the used solar panels are transformed into small solar panel systems that can supply the vital power to a number of African families.

By gifting electricity to families, MIPV.pro can help ensure progress across many different world goals.

Our Second Life program is delivered in collaboration with the NGO AAA (African Afforestation Association in Africa). They can, like us, see a development potential in solar panels in the area and hope that the collaboration with Green Energy/MIPV.pro can boost sustainable energy.

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Forrests

We support active afforestation

In addition to our Second Life project in collaboration with AAA, we also actively support reforestation in the area. By primarily planting mango and cashew nut trees, we not only establish forest areas for the benefit of nature – we also create income opportunities for the families.

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Ethics

MIPV.pro takes solar panels in an ethical direction

At MIPV.pro, the green transition and social responsibility go hand in hand.

At present, the solar wave that is one of the great hopes in the race against global warming came with a gloomy shadow side.

We cannot and must not accept the extensive use of forced labor in the solar industry. For the same reason, we have reviewed our supply chain, so that you can safely shop environmentally friendly, knowing that everything at MIPV.pro complies with our high standards for sustainability, environmental as well as social.

We have a responsible supply chain, without the use of miners and forced labour, and offer decent jobs with fair wages to all employees in our supply chain.

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3 percent

Raw materials account for 3%

Our solar panels are designed for separation and make use of the materials we already have in our hands. Copper which we extract from cable scrap, Indium and Gallium are extracted from TVs, flat screens and mobiles and Selenide is obtained from refining quartz sand.

Our policy on recycled materials has meant that we, for example, get a lot of m2 of solar panels out of a single discarded iPhone screen.

Energy Payback Time

The lowest EPBT

EPBT or Energy Pay Back Time is a way of calculating how long it takes before a solar panel has produced as much electricity as it required to make it. If you compare C-Si solar cells and CIGS cells, there is a huge difference. C-SI cells are so much thicker, and use heavy aluminum frames to hold it all in place, and the energy consumption during production is, other things being equal, very high. C-Si solar cells have an average EPBT of 5 years, but in some cases C-SI cells with an EPBT of 48 years have been demonstrated.

CIGS cells, on the other hand, are significantly thinner, which means that the amount of raw materials that must be procured and processed is considerably smaller. On average, CIGS cells have an EPBT of only 1.7 years, but Green Energy’s EPBT has been reduced to just 1 year – and work is being done daily to make that number even smaller.

Contrary to the commonly known crystalline cells (C-SI), our solar cells have a thickness of only 3 mm. Not only does this result in exceptional flexibility and durability, it also significantly lowers resource consumption.