24 Feb '12, 9am

"Pay as you go" solar lights up world's newest country - 24 Feb 2012 - News from BusinessGreen via @businessgreen

The world's newest country is the latest to install "pay as you go" solar systems pioneered by UK start-up Eight19 . The Cambridge-based company hopes to install 1,000 IndiGo systems, consisting of a battery, a solar panel, lights, and a phone charging device, in off-grid communities in South Sudan by the middle of this year. FURTHER READING Would you buy a stake in your firm's solar panels? Trina Solar to roll out high-efficiency cells following $100m loan Users will pay for the equipment on a weekly basis using $1 scratchcards validated via text message. Eight19 has already started deploying the systems in rural villages in the Nimule region along with international charity WorldVenture. The company claims that using solar energy to power lighting, internet connections, and small electronic devices such as mobile phones costs less than half the kerosene-powered generator...

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