16 January 2013 – The Total group is offering off-grid lighting in an initiative that includes solar and dynamo-charged lighting. This programme is being implemented in Kenya, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Senegal, with plans to start soon in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Uganda.
Total aims to sell one million good quality solar lanterns to low income households by 2015. During 2012 a pilot programme began in Cameroon, Kenya, and Indonesia with the aim of helping underprivileged population gain access to lighting and communication. Total plans to leverage itspetrol service station network in Africa and create local distribution channels by training local buyers.
Thus far the penetration of solar lighting products in Africa as a whole remains at less than 2%, mainly due to the high upfront cost of home solar systems.