Solar energy firm, d.light Solar, has opened a regional office and service centre in Eldoret as part of the company’s expansion strategy to reach and impact 100 million lives globally by 2020.
Speaking during the opening of the new office and service center, Michael Walekwa, the MD of d.light Kenya and Horn of Africa, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to impact local communities through the provision of alternative, environmentally friendly source of power.
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“The opening of this office and service centre not only allows us the opportunity to serve the residents of Uasin Gishu County and the Rift Valley region, it also gives us a chance to touch the lives of our customers in a way that matters most to them through our home solar systems. As d.light solar we want to empower the people in the communities we operate in to live sustainably,” said Walekwa.
Located at KIPPS Plaza, Iten road, the office and service center will open daily including weekends and public holidays. The center will offer sales services and after sales services for d.light’s products including solar home systems and portable solar powered lanterns.
‘’Our solar home systems have been received very well in Rift Valley region and we can see an ever-expanding market for our products hence the need to open a service centre to serve the community here’’ noted Mr. Walekwa. ‘’We have also managed to create jobs directly and indirectly through an ever expanding number of agents in the region who have switched to d.light as their only source of income,’’ Walekwa added.
d.light provides affordable, high quality off-grid solar systems to people living without access to reliable and clean energy. Since its establishment in 2007, d.light has evolved from a single lantern product and now offers Solar Home Systems (SHS) which it has installed in thousands of rural homes across Kenya.
With the establishment of the regional office, d.light expects to grow its market share and create more employment opportunities for the locals through its sales model.
Also attending the event, Uasin Gishu County Governor, Jackson Mandago, applauded d.light solar for championing renewable solar energy and creating job opportunities for the youth in the county and leveraging on innovation and technology to uplift the community by creating jobs and lighting the off grid areas in Kenya. He also encouraged the public to fight counterfeit solar products and only promote genuine.
“I want to commend the work d.light is doing in the renewable energy sector that will go a long way in supporting the realization of the government’s Big Four Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. With access to clean, affordable and reliable energy, power costs in households and cost of doing business will reduce significantly,” said Mandago.
“As d.light solar, our mission is to create a brighter future for everyone by making clean energy products universally available and affordable guided by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the national development policies such as Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda,” reiterated Jacob Okoth, MD of d.light Africa .
In the last 10 years, d.light has been able to reach communities, households and children with affordable and clean power across over 60 countries.
d.light delivers affordable solar-powered solutions designed for the 2 billion people in the developing world without access to reliable energy. d.light provides distributed solar energy solutions for households and small businesses that are transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy.
Through four hubs in Africa, China, South Asia and the US, d.light has sold over 20 million solar light and power products in 65 countries, improving the lives of over 92 million people. d.light is dedicated to providing the most reliable, affordable and accessible solar lighting and power systems for the developing world and reaching 100 million people by 2020.
d.light has within the last few years managed to support people who were using kerosene for light to use clean, sustainable solar energy. The company has also been able to support tens of millions of children across the world to use solar energy throughout their school life and secure their future while being mindful of the environment.
Access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is crucial in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From poverty eradication via advancements in health, education, water supply and industrialization to mitigating climate change.