Greenlight Planet, the market leader in the rapidly expanding pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar industry, has successfully delivered clean and reliable energy access to more than 1.5 million people in Tanzania. With a strong partner-led and direct distribution network, Greenlight’s Sun King products are now in more than 300,000 Tanzanian households, have offset more than 300,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas, and enabled more than 70 billion Tanzanian shillings ($30 million) in savings for customers in Tanzania.
Less than 17 percent of Tanzania’s rural population has access to electricity, leaving more than 80 percent of rural households in the dark. According to Tanzania’s Rural Electrification Agency, the government plans to increase rural household connectivity to 50 percent by 2025 and to 75 percent by 2033. Given the large geographical size of the country and the dispersed population, off-grid energy is well-positioned to play an important role in reaching rural populations.
Greenlight Planet Tanzania, headquartered in Arusha, employs 175 Tanzanians and runs 30 Sun King branch stores throughout the country to make its Sun King products available in the most under-electrified areas. Mr. Dhaval Radia, Senior Vice President at Greenlight Planet, who heads the company’s global commercial businessnotes, “With pay-as-you-go enabled technology, customers have the option to pay for their Sun King solar product in small instalments over time helping them experienc e dramatic improvements in household savings, increased productivity for their small businesses and additional study-time for their children. The increased affordability for customers coupled with our network of nearly 800 sales agents and a range of strategic distributions partnerships is helping us deliver clean, reliable energy to the vastly dispersed off-grid population of rural Tanzania.”
Over the last nine years, Sun King products have contributed significantly to increasing productivity for Tanzanians, increasing study time for schoolchildren and generating jobs in rural areas of the country. The company recently expanded its range to include lifestyle products such as televisions offering off-grid rural Tanzanians the same entertainment and information opportunities as their on-grid/urban counterparts. The company has also recently entered into a partnership with Vodacom Tanzania that aims to make solar products even more affordable for off-grid customers.
“In 5 years, we aim to provide clean energy access to a million households in the country and still be an organization that positively impacts the Tanzanian community”, says Mr. Radia.
About Greenlight Planet
Greenlight Planet has sold over 12 million Sun King™ solar home energy products to off-grid households around the world. Greenlight Planet reaches remote, off-grid customers through a unique business model involving a vast network of micro-entrepreneurs, more than 300 global strategic distribution partners, and its proprietary EasyBuy (“pay-as-you-go”) instalment payment technology that makes safe, high-quality solar energy products affordable for all. Greenlight Planet’s Sun King™ products are currently installed in 65+ countries and serve more than 50 million beneficiaries. Find out more at https://www.greenlightplanet.com.
Source: All Africa