28 Feb '13, 5pm

Pay as you go solar power systems provide clean, affordable lighting in Kenya

Pay as you go solar power systems provide clean, affordable lighting in Kenya

© M-KOPA A solar startup is helping to change the way rural residents in Kenya get their light and power, by offering small solar power systems, just large enough to provide home lighting and mobile phone charging, on a pay-as-you-go basis. The majority of Kenyans (an estimated 80%) are not connected to a grid, and must light their homes by using kerosene lamps. Not only are these lamps not very efficient, but they also generate fumes from the fuel they burn, which, along with smoke from cooking fires, contributes to health problems in residents. Having a clean source of energy for lighting homes can go a long way toward increasing their quality of life, To help bring fume-free and affordable power to rural Kenya, M-KOPA Solar offers a small solar power system to residents for just a down payment and an ongoing pay-as-you-go agreement, which lets low-income earners get a s...

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