Mobisol, a Germany-based provider of decentralized solar solutions, has installed a capacity of 10 MW and electrified over 500,000 people in East Africa to date.
The company provides smart rent-to-own solar systems, to households in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Mobisol provides solar solutions beyond lighting and focuses on the development and supply of large solar systems that power a range of energy-efficient household and productive use appliances. While currently distributing business appliances such as multiple phone chargers and barber salon packages, the company plans to increase its offering around productive-use appliances for small and medium enterprises in 2018.
By plugging in more and more homes and businesses in Kenya, Mobisol continues to strive to ensure lasting and affordable power solutions for its customers.
The 500,000th Mobisol customer was Sarah Atieno, a small business owner from Siaya County. “For my family, this product is a game changer. It is a much needed clean and energy efficient source of lighting and entertainment for my family. They are so excited already about having lighting at night and being able to watch TV at home”, she said.
Mobisol’s founder and CEO, Thomas Gottschalk, says: “We are proud to have reached this important milestone to electrify half a million people in rural East Africa. But it does not end here: Our vision is to help make poverty history by providing sustainable and affordable energy solutions to 20 million people by 2023 – and ultimately to show the world that a cleaner, non-fossil fuel dependent future is possible. The solutions are out there to sustainably, yet profitably provide energy access to millions of people, empowering people and boosting economies while protecting the global climate.”
As part of its commercial strategy, Mobisol has recently grown its workforce to develop a number of B2B partnerships and support solar providers in an additional nine countries through the firm’s software suite SolarHub, which builds a digital foundation for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) business models. The company aims to bring partners up to speed fast and increase the scaling of off-grid.