Orange and Engie have launched a plan to deploy nearly one thousand solar kits in rural villages in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.
Electricity, natural gas and services company Engie will supply the solar kits through BBOXX and Fenix International, companies it has partnered with in previous solar-powered equipment supplies.
It will also install and maintain the equipment.
Customers will pay rent for the use of the equipment through Orange’s mobile money service Orange Money, allowing them to conveniently pay in installments rather than through one upfront investment and avoiding the need to travel long distances with cash.
The solar kits include a solar panel connected to a battery that can be used to provide household appliances with electricity.
They also contain a remote control solution and a mobile payment system, providing a decentralized source of renewable electricity to homes not connected to the grid.
They are an affordable alternative solution that can be used as a lighting solution with LED lamps, to operate small electrical appliances such as radios and TVs or to recharge mobile phones.
This is a reaffirmation of Orange and Engie’s 2015 commitment to leverage their technological expertise by collaborating on ways to develop the electrification of rural African areas and to optimize the supply of electricity to telecoms infrastructure in Africa.