Max Wohlgemuth Kitslaar was a participant to one of the Nudge Leadership Challenges and he worked a short while for Nudge in The Netherlands. His latest project is Connecting Las Americas in which he travels across the Americas on an oldtimer Moto Guzzi motorcycle, documenting local and bottom-up initiatives that work towards positive change for a better world. Follow his journey via his site and via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
This is one of his stories:
Colombian Hybrytec designs, sells and installs photovoltaic and thermic solar energy solutions. Its mission is to facilitate access to solar energy to all levels of society.
Hybrytec is part of Swiss investment fund Grupo Ecos, whose portfolio companies have generated more than 100 megawatt of solar energy in Latin America. Hybrytec itself has carried out about 140 projects, with a total of over 2,200 kilowatt installed until 2014.
Hybrytec focusses on 3 sectors. The private sector includes industry, hotels, and supermarkets, such as the roof of the Exito supermarket in the city of Barranquilla, with over 2,000 panels installed. These panels cover almost 25% of the supermarket’s daily energy consumption. This is the equivalent of 230 tons of CO2 per year.
The second sector includes social impact projects. More than 55% of Colombia’s territory is off-grid and Hybrytec’s mission is to get these people electricity as well.
Finally, Hybrytec carries out agricultural projects in farmer communities via a network of over 100 distributors.
The Colombian national government invests heavily in solar energy and is about to pass a new law to stimulate the production of solar energy even more. Good news for Hybrytec.
Hybrytec is a certified Bcorp since 2012.