Mobisol Group, a leading German solar home and business systems firm has partnered with battery and energy provider Chloride Exide Kenya Limited to launch MobiShop’s to aid its countrywide solar systems distribution.
The firms have launched the first MobiShop in Kakamega County, to mark the official start of sales of Mobisol’s high-tech solar systems in Kenya. The JV is expected to boost rapid expansion of Mobisol operations throughout the country. Mobisol works with Chloride Exide´s affiliate Solinc and the deal is expected to further increase the sourcing volumes from Solinc.
According to the German Ambassador to Kenya, Mrs Jutta Frasch, “Simple and affordable solar energy will improve the life of many Kenyans – especially in remote areas”.
Building on their success in Tanzania and Rwanda, Mobisol launched in Kenya early this year to provide reliable and affordable high-quality solar systems (80 to 200 Watt) and appliances. The firm said, the systems are capable of illuminating entire households with efficient LED bulbs and allow for running large 32“ flat-screen TVs, stereos, DC fridges, and further provide recharge capabilities for consumer appliances such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets.
The systems have the capacity to power smaller businesses such as barbershops, phone charging stations, restaurants or village cinemas – which truly distinguishes them from their Kenyan competitors.
Mobisol and Chloride Exide have set themselves ambitious targets and the partners expect to provide access to clean and reliable solar power for 500,000 Kenyans by the end of 2018.
“Through Mobisol, off-grid households in Kenya can finally afford solar systems that are of high quality and powerful enough to meet their entire households and business needs,” Andy Pond, Managing Director of Mobisol Kenya said. ”For as little as KSH 59 per day, Kenyans can now enjoy a modern, comfortable lifestyle, improve their economic well-being – and at the same time set new standards for worldwide sustainability.”
Mobisol, says it has so far installed over 60,000 solar systems for rural homes and businesses, thus reaching out to over 300,000 beneficiaries. The Berlin-based company allows customers to pay for their electricity source in an affordable, convenient payment plan via M-Pesa or Airtel Money.