Markus Schwaninger is the co-founder and CFO of ecoligo, a solar solutions company that provides low-cost solar power to local businesses in developing countries as a service. The solar projects are financed through ecoligo’s crowdinvesting platform, offering crowdinvestors profitable investment opportunities that have a positive impact on the environment and local economy.
Before co-founding ecoligo, Markus worked as Project Manager for the German development organisation (GIZ) and was responsible for advising renewable energy companies entering the markets in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Myanmar. His role included consulting international solar companies on business model development, regulation and financing options tailored for these markets.
Markus was actively pushing the renewable energy market development in Kenya when he lived in the country in 2010 and 2011 and worked on carbon credit and renewable energy projects. He has more than 6 years of market experience. This experience led him to understand one that of the biggest issues facing the implementation of renewable energy projects in developing countries is access to finance.
Driven by the desire to solve this issue and create a bigger impact than he was achieving through his previous job, Markus and his co-founder Martin Baart came up with ecoligo’s business model: providing solar-as-a-service to local businesses and closing the finance gap for such projects through crowdinvesting. This financing approach not only solves the finance problem, but also provides green investment opportunities to a market where the demand for them is larger than the supply.
Markus is a Certified Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and is often asked to speak at conferences and trainings on the topics of renewable energy development and finance. He is furthermore certified to offer financial products to private investors in Germany (IHK zertifizierter Finanzanlagenfachmann §34f Gewerbeordnung).