ARE Member Mobisol and SunTransfer Tech join hands to boost Ethiopia’s energy access with PAYG Solar by utilizing the “13 Months of Sunshine”
Berlin / Addis Ababa, 13 December 2017 – Mobisol, a leading German company providing decentralised solar solutions, and SunTransfer Tech, Ethiopia’s principal solar service distributor, partner up to provide large high-tech Solar Home Systems, thereby supporting the Government’s aim to achieve universal energy access by 2025.
The partnership will see pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar products, integrated with Mobisol’s SolarHub Software Suite, introduced into the Ethiopian market. The software suite additionally allows for efficient deployment of maintenance servicing and customer relationship management. Providing productive use solar solutions that go beyond lighting, Mobisol focuses on the development and supply of large solar systems that power a range of energy efficient appliances for household and small businesses. Ethiopian customers have both the opportunity to electrify their homes and to run energy-based microenterprises, such as solar-powered cinemas, phone charging stations, and efficiently illuminate larger workshops.
SunTransfer Tech, an established solar distributor in Ethiopia, brings into the partnership an existing and continuously expanding network of Solar-Centers, each staffed by professionally trained solar technicians. SunTransfer Tech’s vast experience in the Ethiopian market and indepth understanding of local characteristics ideally positions them to quickly scale up sales, distribution and comprehensive after-sales structures.
Mobisol and SunTransfer Tech aspire to decisively support the implementation of the new National Electrification Program, officially announced on 27 November 2017. The program aims to provide equitable and affordable electricity to all Ethiopians by 2025 and foresees the electrification of 35% of the population with off-grid energy – of which 5.4 million households will be provided with Solar Home Systems.
Fasil Eyassu Melkie, Mobisol’s Partnership & Expansion Manager, says: “We are happy to team up with SunTransfer Tech to enter the largest market for Solar Home Systems in East Africa, offering state of the art hardware and software solutions, designed in Germany. We jointly strive to supply reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to tens of thousands of Ethiopian households and businesses.”
Yonas Workie, CEO of SunTransfer Tech, says: “We are glad to partner with Mobisol as this allows us to focus on excellence in distribution and customer service, while providing quality assured products. We will be fully utilizing Ethiopia’s abundance of sunlight, the proverbial “13 months of Sunshine”, to scale quickly – thus improving the lives and socio-economic opportunities of rural communities throughout the country while helping to protect the global climate.”