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US president Barack Obama is shown the M-Kopa technology during his July visit to Kenya.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa have attracted over $25 billion in investments to date. The African Union recently announced a plan to invest another $20 billion. Yet it’s an investment of just 50 cents a day that could make the biggest difference for renewable energy in Africa.

 

With an up-front cost of 35 dollars and daily payment of 50 cents for one year, Kenyans, Ugandans, and Tanzanians who live off-the-grid can get energy access through solar company M-Kopa. This month the company closed a $19 million financing round led by Generation Investment Management, and revealed plans to reach one million homes in East Africa by the end of 2017. It already reaches 275,000 homes.

 

With hundreds of millions of people in Africa without access to traditional electricity grids, the issue has come to the fore in recent years, as more African leaders, industrialists and international partners see the lack of regular electricity as one of the key obstacles to the continent’s development. Solar has always been at the top of that list of options but it has also always been difficult to get the technology to work at large scale with many homes.

 

About the size of an iPad mini (but a few inches thicker) M-Kopa’s home solar energy system provides three lights, five USB connections for phone charging, and a portable radio. Only one third of Kenyans are connected to the national grid, and more than half of Kenyans still rely on kerosene, batteries, and candles for light and power, according to the company.

Many of the executives for M-Kopa also worked on the popular mobile money system M-Pesa, which started off as a corporate social responsibility project that wasn’t expected to make money. Today, 86% of Kenyan households use mobile money, including every customer of M-Kopa. In each solar lighting kit is a sim card that customers transfer money on to every day using their mobile phones.

 

Now our solar lighting kit from Heineer Industry Co.,Limited ,are getting cooperation with such local company ,to offer solar energy to each family when they use the mobile phone .Take this solar lighting kit ,where you need to charge for mobile phone ,or for lighting, our solar lighting kit can be your good choose.

 

 

 

 

Yingli Solar visited Heineer factory and discussed the further cooperation.