The Challenge

VAC is a market-driven global company at the forefront of introducing innovative technologies into solid and sustainable business cases, to provide unique cost effective solutions to major social challenges

Our Vision

Our Vision is to create sustainable social impact and release potential of communities by addressing SDGs

Who Are We

VAC Solar is an Anglo-European group with offices in the UK and Belgium

Anthony Dunnett CBE, CEO

A recognised UK Ministerial, Government & Private Sector Advisor. NEM FCDO, Restructured over 30+ £10m-£500m businesses. Founded & ran major international public-private partnership (operating in 105 countries). Responsible Royal Bank of Canada’s overseas “intensive care” debt portfolio. Established HSBC’s UK property & construction division (UK £6bn loan portfolio). HSBC’s Finance Director for their UK Global Corporate & Institutional Banking businesses. Received the CBE from HM Queen Elisabeth for services to economic development.

Nico Francou, COO

Successful international business leader and the founder of FINIBIS, safeguarding foreign investments. Over twenty years of International Business experience working with renowned bluechip companies in a variety of industries such as: OEM, Automotive, Manufacturing, Consumables, Health Sector, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Services. The CleanTech Certificate & Institute is the brainchild of FINIBIS, who took up the pioneering role of creating a label and methodology that enhances sustainable development and international business relationship.

dr Frank Heemskerk, CTO

Serial entrepreneur, with 15 years academic research experience, plus 23+ years business development and investment into 10+ companies.  Part of the team that sold a Biotech company for several hundred M€ to a major pharma company. Global expert on research management and Open Innovation, focused on bringing knowledge from academia to the market, Independent evaluator for European Commission, Ex-President of EARMA (European Association of Research Managers & Administrators), co-founder of ASTP-ProTon Europe (pan-European association for academic knowledge transfer). Evaluator for European Commission.

Our Approach

  • Releasing potential through Innovation and global and local Partnerships, connecting international know-how and technologies to address the needs of: individuals, households, businesses, healthcare, education, agri-businesses and community-focussed organisations.
  • Through local distribution networks we reach out to many households, small businesses, schools, churches, clinics and schools where our POPO battery packs are used daily

  • Ensuring secure and affordable access to clean power unlocking the potential to have light, charge phones, run small appliances, create jobs, support small businesses and create new ways of enhancing the livelihoods

Our Mission

Worldwide 1.3 billion people do not have access to secure power.

We are working now in several off-grid areas in Uganda using smart portable batteries on a Pay As You Go basis. POPO aims to serve the 20 million Ugandans at the bottom of the economic pyramid, meeting their basic daily needs for electricity. POPO’s smart batteries are the only affordable solution. The Government’s strategy recognises that these needs cannot be met by the present mini-grid or solar home solutions.

VAC Solar has the distribution rights for UK technology that allows innovative smart batteries to be charged in Community Solar Hubs, which are then distributed in the surrounding communities to ensure 24/7 secure access to clean energy. Customers pay a rental fee per battery pack per day, payments by mobile money are encouraged. Monitoring in real time happens via a cloud system.

Under the Brand name “POPO, bringing power to you”, we provide Portable Power in communities in partnership with UHD Ltd, a leading Ugandan distributor of consumer products.

Our Business

Low-cost and flexible access to energy through secure and scalable battery rental platform, which requires no deposit, has no credit checks and requires no fixed payment structure.

Get In Touch

VAC solar


Bollestraat 75,

3090 Overijse,


VAC Solar Ltd,

Shepherd’s Fold,

Beech Hill,

Wadhurst TN5 6JR,

United Kingdom.