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Snapshot

Importantly, the benefits are not just economic; the environment also gains. Replacing kerosene lamps and candles with solar light saves CO2. Up to 15,000 tons a year.

Focus Areas:

Energy, Environment and Housing and Infrastructure

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Implemented In:

Kenya

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Innovation Description

Mobisol offers off-grid solar systems with capacities of 30 to 200 watts. Payment is made with an innovative approach, in which users do not have to pay the cost upfront. Rather, they pay small monthly amounts simply by SMS and the facilities are thus activated. Over 21,000 households already benefit from these Mobisol units and, with the support of the German Investment Corporation (DEG), a further 150,000 people and 10,000 small businesses are also set to join the scheme.
How does your innovation work?
Millions of people have no access to electricity. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, there are around 590 million people without power supply. When the sun goes down, huge areas are plunged into darkness. One solution is the development of an electricity grid. Another one - often faster and more cost-effective approach is to provide individual households with a decentralised supply like a solar system, for example. However, the initial investment required to purchase this kind of system is often too high for people to afford. The Berlin-based company Mobisol shows how it is still possible: Mobisol offers off-grid solar systems with capacities of 30 to 200 watts. Payment is made with an innovative approach, in which users do not have to pay the cost upfront. Rather, they pay small monthly amounts. Since a mobile payment system is integrated, these small instalments can be settled simply by SMS, and the facilities are thus activated. The project is supported by the German

Milestones

Nov 2017
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Launched
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New Country
Kenya