ARE Member Mobisol, a Germany-based provider of decentralised solar solutions, has successfully installed a capacity of 10 MW and electrified over 500,000 people in East Africa to date. The company fights global climate change by offsetting 50,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year through smart rent-to-own solar systems, benefitting communities in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya.

Mobisol provides solar solutions beyond lighting and focuses on the development and supply of large solar systems that power a range of energy-efficient household and productive use appliances. While currently distributing business appliances such as multiple phone chargers and barber salon packages, the company plans to increase its offering around productive-use appliances for small and medium enterprises in 2018.

As part of its commercial strategy, Mobisol has recently grown its workforce to develop a number of B2B partnerships and support solar providers in an additional nine countries through their software suite SolarHub, which builds a digital foundation for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) business models. The company aims to bring partners up to speed fast and increase the scaling of off-grid.

Klaus Maier, Mobisol’s Head of Partnerships and Expansion, says: “In the past six years, we have revolutionised ‘Innovation made in Germany’. We’ve engineered reliable high-tech solar systems, paired with the most efficient appliances. We’ve developed highly innovative software, allowing for swift management from PAYG services to last mile logistics. Now, we are putting a stronger focus on corporate partnerships, enabling other sustainable businesses to utilise our versatile software solution, save costs and efficiently run their operations, while concentrating on their core business.

Mobisol’s founder and CEO, Thomas Gottschalk, adds: “We are proud to have reached this important milestone to electrify half a million people in rural East Africa. But it does not end here: Our vision is to help make poverty history by providing sustainable and affordable energy solutions to 20 million people by 2023 – and ultimately to show the world that a cleaner, non-fossil fuel dependent future is possible. The solutions are out there to sustainably, yet profitably provide energy access to millions of people, empowering people and boosting economies while protecting the global climate.

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