Solar energy provider Mobisol
has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to provide 800,000 people and 50,000 small businesses in Kenya with reliable access to solar energy by 2020.
The firm also aims to create 150 jobs along its value chain and provide training on solar energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 100,000 tons each year. Mobisol aims to install 200,000 solar systems in Kenya by 2020 through partnerships and three-year loans with flexible payment plans to consumers.
“While many energy providers have entered the Kenyan market with products like lanterns and small solar kits, no solution has yet shown to provide more than three lights and a phone charger,” said Thomas Gottschalk, CEO of Mobisol. “Our Solar Solutions for Kenya initiative is showcasing a comprehensive solar system with the potential to improve livelihoods and raise living standards in areas that have thus far been excluded from Kenya’s economic growth. Our customers can run a large solar TV, a stereo or even run a small business on solar energy.”
One of the most remarkable features of Mobisol’s inclusive model is its potential to drive the growth of micro enterprises. In addition to home lighting and mobile-phone charging, Mobisol’s solar solutions are being utilized to power shops, village cinemas and other small businesses. According to one study of Mobisol’s business customers in Rwanda by the mobile-provider group GSMA, access to power is raising these entrepreneurs’ incomes by an average of US$35 per month.
The Business Call to Action (BCtA) was launched in 2008 and aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people with less than US$8 per day in purchasing power as consumers, producers, suppliers and distributors.
Mobisol falls under this caetgory as it aims to provide affordable access to power to the over 75 percent of Kenya’s population lives without access to electricity. The firm has already electrified over 60,000 households and small businesses in East Africa since 201. Recently, Mobisol partnered with local solar equipment producer Chloride Exide Kenya Ltd to train a huge workforce to light Kenya for better living standards.
“Mobisol has proven it possible to develop a scalable and sustainable energy solution that is flexible enough to serve rural homes and businesses,” said Paula Paleaz, Programme Manager of the BCtA. “While it helps people to be more productive at home and work, the company is also investing in training to prepare the next generation of Kenyans for the solar revolution in the country”.