AFRICA – Ignite Power, one of the leading solar home systems suppliers in Africa has partnered with Tele10, a pay tv company to introduce solar-powered television as a solar option for its customers.
With this partnership, Ignite Power will accompany its solar home systems with televisions as well as the equipment necessary for access to pay TV channels such as decoders and satellite dishes.
The aim of the project is to diversify the company’s offering in rural areas and stimulate demand for solar products which are better alternatives to carbon intensive energy products which are currently in use in rural Africa.
According to the company, its partnership with Tele10 will target businesses located in off-grid and underserved areas, offering customers “an end-to-end solution including solar TV, solar panels and full access to Tele10 content, all in the most sustainable and affordable way possible”.
“This new offer will allow the company to extend its activities to hotels, restaurants and cafés located in off-grid areas throughout the country (Rwanda).”Arthur Houston, Ignite Power’s Managing Director.
The provider of solar home systems installed in Kigali since 2016 also wants to build on its new partnership to develop its activities in all the countries where it distributes its electricity access solutions, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This high-potential country is now in the sights of many solar kit suppliers who want to do business by contributing to the electrification process in remote areas.
The recent partnership with Tele10 is inline with Ignite Power’s ambitious project of enhancing access to electricity in Africa’s rural populations through the supply of 300,000 solar home systems.
While launching its ambitious project to power Africa with solar, Ignite Power explained that as that it was expanding operations to make an additional impact and increase its range of solar home systems through a structured and formal purchasing process.
To achieve its goal, the company entered into a partnership with the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD), the World Bank and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
Through the partnership, Ignite Power will access more financing to enable the dissemination of its solar home systems in rural areas.
With more funding at its disposal, diversification of product offering was needed to stimulate demand of solar products further and the new partnership with Tele10 does just that.
With Television in the package, rural consumers will have an additional incentive to adopt solar energy, an environmental friendly and affordable source of energy when compared to diesel and charcoal which are the dominant sources of energy in rural Africa.
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