History of the foundation
Development of the URBIS FOUNDATION

In 2002, the URBIS FOUNDATION was founded by the family Epp in Munich, Germany. The reason for their commitment was the family’s wish to contribute to the protection of our climate and environment.

Our foundation’s
board of directors:

Mrs. Inge Epp
Mrs. Bärbel Epp

Our foundation’s
council director:

Dr. Manfred Epp

An overview
over our milestones

In more than 15 years, we gained a lot of experience and were able to build a strong network with different partners.

2002

Foundation of
the URBIS FOUNDATION

Definition of the foundation's goals

2003

Self-installation of solar panels by Bärbel Epp

Inauguration of the first solar equipment for a hospital in Togo

2005

Foundation of the Togolese association URBIS FOUNDATION TOGO

Start of our
funding support
for initiatives

2006

Acquisition of 34 hectares
of arable land and start of
our sustainable farm

Foundation of the “Mediathèque”,
with a school book library
and a computer room

2007

Support to the "German-Tanzanian Partnership e.V." in the implementation of their projects

Close cooperation with the Tanzanian organisation TAREA to foster renewable energies

2009

Recognition of URBIS FOUNDATION TOGO
as international Non-Governmental-Organisation
according to Togolese law

Visit of one of URBIS' solar thermal plants, providing warm water for the maternity ward of the hospital CHR

2010

Start of the URBIS FOUNDATION office in Munich with first full time employee

Visit of Togolese solar experts at the URBIS headquarters in Munich

2012

Installation of the first
grid-connected solar PV plant
on the roof of the state-owned
power utility company

10 year anniversary of URBIS FOUNDATION with congress in Miesbach near Munich

2013

Inauguration of the solar system at our sustainable farm in Sokodé, Togo

Our President of UF Togo explains the new solar system

2014

Inauguration of the URBIS FOUNDATION TOGO
office in Lomé

Time for our scholarship students to start with their studies

2016

Visit of a solar PV field in Bakowa, Romania, by our project partners

Support to vocational trainings in solar technology in Temeswar, Romania

2018

Recognition of our
sustainable farm in Togo
as vocational training center

URBIS was awarded a degree of honour by the prefectural chamber of commerce in Togo for our efforts in solar energy training