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Company

COMPANY

Orb is setting new standards in the Indian solar industry. We have uniquely designed solar photovoltaic and solar water heating systems, and we manufacture, sell, install, and service these through our own branch network to better control the customer experience. We service residential and commercial customers, and we work with banks to enable our customers to take solar loans.

Our Social Impact

SOCIAL IMPACT

Orb reaches out to rural markets, and serves the under-privileged who lack access to reliable energy.

 

Orb’s branches are primarily situated in smaller market towns, from which it’s staff press out into the villages to identify customers without reliable access to electricity. We do this in conjunction with banks who are eager to lend to villages for complete electrification – thus creating a solar village. Please see our video for the positive impact this has on our customers’ lives.

Our Team

DAMIAN MILLER – CEO

Damian is a US and UK national, and the CEO of Orb. He has 15 years of experience in the solar photovoltaic industry, and a doctorate from Cambridge in solar technology in emerging markets. Before starting Orb, Damian launched and managed solar businesses for Shell Solar, where he oversaw the sale of more than 125,000 systems.

NP RAMESH – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Ramesh is an Indian national, and is Orb’s Chief Operating Officer. Ramesh brings more than 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics and solar photovoltaic industry in India and many parts of Asia. Ramesh is known for his innovative flare, hands-on management, and strong leadership.

HERRE HOEKSTRA – CHAIRMAN

Herre is a Dutch National and Chairman of Orb. Herre has many years of senior managerial experience in multinational companies, as well as medium sized businesses. This includes a background in the solar photovoltaic industry. Herre brings exceptional experience across a broad range of industries, combined with a passion for the solar business.

Investors

BAMBOO FINANCE

Bamboo Finance is a global private equity firm investing in companies that expand access and improve quality and affordability of essential products and services for low income populations who represent the fastest growing segment in emerging markets. By financing companies with the potential to scale that merge business innovation with local expertise, Bamboo Finance aims at creating inclusive economies and accelerating the next generation of leaders in healthcare, energy, financial services, housing and education. www.bamboofinance.com

ACUMEN FUND

Acumen Fund is a non-profit social venture fund focused on supporting the delivery of critical goods and services at affordable prices to the world’s poor. Their mission is to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas. www.acumenfund.org

FMO

FMO is the Dutch development bank. FMO has invested in the private sector in developing countries and emerging markets for more than 45 years. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build a better world. We invest in sectors where we believe our contribution can have the highest long-term impact: financial institutions, energy and agribusiness. Alongside partners, we invest in the infrastructure, manufacturing and services sectors. With an investment portfolio of EUR 8 billion spanning over 85 countries, FMO is one of the larger bilateral private sector development banks globally. www.fmo.nl

THE SINGH FAMILY

The Singh family founded New Look, a UK-based fashion retailer. Investment in Orb Energy is made by trusts for the benefit of the Singh family.

News

2017

Orb Energy Programme is the 1st voluntary solar lighting and water heating programme in India to issue Gold Standard carbon credits
 

2016

Orb Energy Profiled on CNN
Orb receives mention in Newsweek article on solar in East Africa
Orb Energy receives USAID support to provide solar to more SME’s
Equity Bank and Orb Energy launch solar partnership

 

2015

Orb Energy “Makes in India”: Orb Opens its New Solar Factory in Bangalore
Orb Profiled in the Hindu
Orb Energy Crosses 100 branches in Karnataka
FMO Invests US $2mln in Orb Energy’s Africa Expansion and Takes Board Seat

 

2014

Orb Energy Signs Credit Guarantee with USAID to support $2mln USD loan

 

2013

Five Questions with Damian Miller – Interview in “Engineering for Change”
Orb’s CEO Interviewed by Smart CEO Magazine
Zayed Future Energy Prize Delivers a Big Energy Boost – The National

 

2012

Bamboo Finance Private Equity Joins Orb Energy’s Board of Directors and Investors
Orb Energy and Acumen Host Event to Discuss Energy at the Bottom of the Pyramid
Orb Energy Starts Shipping New Plug and Play Solar System and Announces Former Cafe Coffee Day CEO – Naresh Malhotra Has Joined Board of Directors
CEO Interview After Winning 1st Runners Up in Zayed Future Energy Prize
Orb Energy is Recipient of Zayed Future Energy Prize – SME/NGO Category

 

2011

Orb Energy Partners with Acumen Fund

 

2010

Orb Energy Installs ‘Solar Kiosks’ Throughout Karnataka

 

2009

Orb Energy profiled in The Inside Track

 

2008

Orb Energy Receives Prestigious APP Award
Orb Energy Investor Increases its Shareholding
Orb Energy Profiled in APP Annual Report

 

2007

Orb Energy Opens its 10th Branch in Karnataka
Orb Energy Opens its 20th Branch in Karnataka

 

2006

Orb Energy Launch
Orb Energy starts operations in India
Orb Energy opens first branch in Kumta India
Orb Energy opens 3 news branches
Orb Energy opens 5th branch prior to year end