During the currently underway UN world climate change conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, the international companies have vowed to come together and distribute about 1,000 solar kits in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.
A joint press release stated that the development follows an agreement the companies had signed last year to collaborate on ways to develop the electrification of rural areas and to optimise the supply of electricity to telecoms infrastructure in Africa.
The statement further disclosed that several villages in rural areas have been identified to participate in the first phase of this pilot programme, prior to deployment on a larger scale.
The kits include a solar panel connected to a battery that can be used to provide domestic appliances with electricity.
The statement further stated that the kits also contain a remote control solution and a mobile payment system, providing a decentralised source of renewable electricity to homes that are not connected to the grid.
The solar kits can be used as a lighting solution with LED lamps, to operate small electrical appliances such as a radio and television or to recharge mobile phones.
Within the framework of the partnership, ENGIE will supply the solar kits through BBOXX and Fenix International, both of which the solutions company boasts to have previously worked with.
The energy solutions provider will also take responsibility for the installation and maintenance of the equipment.
Billing through telecoms system
Meanwhile, the telecoms company will be responsible for the commercial deployment and management of billing via its Orange Money.
The service will allow customers to pay rent for the use of the equipment, allowing them to pay by instalment rather than through an upfront investment.
The news by Orange reiterates an announcement issued previously. In August this year ESI Africa reported that during the company’s 4th annual strategy and activity update, it was stated that the project will be implemented.