In East Africa, solar home systems company Mobisol Rwanda has this week connected its 10,000th customer since the opening of the shop in the country two years ago.
Mobisol awarded its customer with a free 200W Mobisol system, the New Times reported.
During the give-away ceremony, Mobisol COO Raoul Ngendahayo, stated that the company aims to improve the living standards of Rwandans by providing affordable power opportunities, highlighting their achievements of powering homes, businesses and schools, especially in rural Rwanda, previously without electricity.
Ngendahayo said: “As a result, customers have been shielded from volatile market forces and the high cost of fossil fuels and therefore improved their economic situation and educational opportunities.”
The New Times reported that Mobisol solar home systems can be purchased through a microfinance instalment payment scheme over a three year period with daily remittances from as low as Rwf399 ($0.5264).
Affordable package deal
According to Ngendahayo, the product-service package includes comprehensive maintenance support over the payment period and free installation of the system by certified Mobisol technicians.
“Mobisol has integrated their systems with mobile technology to allow for remote system monitoring and for payments which are done using MTN mobile money,” he stated.
He further revealed that Mobisol is working in partnership with the government and the European Union to provide rural households, businesses and public institutions with clean, affordable and reliable solar energy.
He said the firm in partnership with Energy Development Corporation targets to light 49,000 households and 1,000 by the year 2018, under a project co-financed by the European Union and the government.
According to the New Times, government recently unveiled a project (bye bye katadowa, or use of kerosene lamps or candles), which promotes the use of renewable energy sources in rural homes.
“In the coming years, Mobisol plans to reach millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, which will stimulate economic and social development on the continent besides contributing to global environmental protection,” Ngendahayo concluded.