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Mobisol Smart Solar Homes

In Sub-Saharan Africa, about 75% of the population is without access to electricity. Most households rely on kerosene, candles and torches for lighting, very fee have a generator. Those original sources of energy are not only damaging to the environment as they release greenhouse gases, they are also harmful to human health, and a financial burden.

This innovative ICT-enabled solution combines solar energy, mobile technology and microfinance to bring clean power to rural households in Rwanda and Tanzania, and soon in Kenya. Mobisol Smart Solar Homes is a rent-to-own service that lowers the barrier to buying solar home systems upfront by allowing customers to pay the system off in 36 monthly installments.

Each system can be monitored remotely. Generation and consumption of electricity, as well as customer payments, are tracked in real-time. By helping people switch from polluting fuels, such as kerosene, petrol and diesel, to clean energy, Mobisol is helping to tackle climate change and improving lives. More than one-third of Mobisol customers in rural areas have started small businesses selling excess energy produced by their personal solar systems, fueling the transition to a low-carbon economy and generating incremental income.

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Paris Agreement

Mobisol Smart Solar Homes has electrified more than 50,000 off-grid households in Rwanda and Tanzania, resulting in 5 MW of installed solar capacity and a reduction of 25,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. This action is enabling both Tanzania and Rwanda to meet their Paris Agreement commitments.

Tanzania plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions relative to the business as usual scenario of 2030 by 10-20%. Conditional upon international support, Rwanda also plans to reduce emissions below the business as usual scenario for 2030 as its climate pledge under the Paris Agreement.


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