Mobile Payment Powers Off-Grid Lighting

Lighting Africa, a joint program between the International Financial Cooperation, World Bank and the Mobisol Group, is set to start a mobile phone-based payment system at a national level.

The payment model, named pay-as-you-go, was conceived as a solution to addressing the financial struggles of users by delivering affordable electricity to off-grid communities, according to a presser release from Lighting Africa.

With the new system, people can rent a solar home system and make the payments through basic phones on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Lighting Africa collaborated with Mobilsol, a solar electrification decentralizing company, to reach more off-grid populations in Ethiopia. Lighting Africa will promote the system and train solar technicians and stakeholders.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 600 million people live without electricity. In Ethiopia 60pc of the population face electrification problems.

Published on Sep 29,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 961]



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