About Sahay Solar Engineering

Sustainable acces to water and electricity for everyone

Sahay Solar Engineering was founded as an association of experienced German engineers and development experts in the field of solar and renewable energies. Together we aim to promote the spread of solar energy on the African market in order to permanently improve the living conditions of the people and actively shape the foundations for sustainable growth in Africa.

Team von Sahay Solar Engineering

Our team

The three founding partners Max Pohl, Maximilian Spannagel and Sebastian Zenz got to know each other through their voluntary work in the Sahay Solar Association Africa e.V. and Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a university group at KIT in Karlsruhe. By realizing their honorary motivation for their profession, the partners were able to combine their many years of experience in project implementation and would now like to pass this on in order to sustainably improve the structures in Africa's developing regions on an economic, ecological and social level. All three founders work out of the conviction that the use of solar and renewable energies can help bring a positive change in the African development sector.

The company was founded with the aim to become one of the pioneers in the growing African solar market and to close the gap between European know-how and technologies as well as the unmet demand for institutional and private solar energy solutions in Africa.

The main activities of Sahay Solar Engineering include feasibility studies and technical analyses as well as related training and consulting services in the field of off-grid energy supply and water production with solar technology. In addition, Sahay Solar offers a remote monitoring system for the permanent control and maintenance of technical projects, imports high-quality technical equipment and implements solar power and water projects for international and local customers such as NGOs and government agencies together with locally trained specialists.

Max Pohl
During his studies in psychology and economics, Max gained many years of experience in Africa in his role as co-founder of the Sahay Solarverein Afrika e.V., a non-profit organization. Thanks to his diverse activities at various start-up companies and in the energy sector, he is now an experienced consultant and project manager in the field of international development cooperation.

"Decentralised solar energy can be an essential cornerstone for the development of Africa. I am happy about any local entrepreneur who is building an economic existence with solar energy."

Maximilian Spannagel

During his academic studies, Maximilian also worked as an industrial engineer for various solar projects in a voluntary context in Africa, and is still involved in on site solar trainings as a lecturer and consultant. In addition to his work at Sahay Solar Engineering, Maximilian is completing a Master's in Entrepreneurship to further specialize for the diverse tasks within a growing company.

"Our many years of experience in Africa have convinced us of its huge economic potential, especially if we consider challenges to be opportunities".

Sebastian Zenz
Sebastian also worked as an industrial engineer and project manager for various solar projects in Africa during his studies. Since then he has focused on the topics of "solar water supply" and "remote monitoring". In addition to his work at Sahay Solar Engineering, Sebastian is completing a master's degree in Entrepreneurship and is also involved as a training lecturer at workshops in Africa. 

"In terms of technology, economy and ecology, solar energy is probably the most sensible and sustainable solution for decentralised power supply in rural regions of Africa."