23rd September 2015 Nairobi, Kenya… M-KOPA Solar, the world’s leading ‘pay-as-you-go’ energy provider to off grid homes, proudly announced reaching 250,000 homes across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania today.
Alex Kivuva Nduati became M-KOPA’s 250,000th customer when he purchased an M-KOPA III solar home system at the M-KOPA Shop in Athi River: “I am so excited to take home a solar system that will give me much more value than kerosene, and with M-KOPA’s daily payment plan it is affordable for me,’ said Alex. “I purchased this system for my rural home where there is no access to electricity. M-KOPA will save me a lot of money to use for school fees for my two children and in my business.”
Jesse Moore, Managing Director and Co-Founder, M-KOPA Solar, says, “Last September we celebrated 100,000 customers, and a year later we are already at a quarter-million. With hundreds of great customers like Alex coming on board every day, we are helping East Africa leapfrog over the grid to enjoy cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable solar power.”
Kenya is emerging as a hotspot for off-grid solar power. A 2014 study by M-KOPA Solar and InterMedia shows that 14% of the surveyed population use solar as their primary lighting and charging source. M-KOPA is one of the fastest growing power providers in the region, connecting solar to over 500 new homes each day. The battery-powered 8W home system has three lights, a phone-charging facility and a chargeable radio.
The savings generated by using off grid solar over kerosene are substantial for individual households and the broader East African economy. Each M-KOPA Solar home is calculated to save US$750, compared to using kerosene over a four-year period. This means that the combined projected savings by the 250,000 households using M-KOPA Solar is US$187 Million.
Nairobi-headquartered, M-KOPA Solar now has a network of over 1,500 direct sales agents and 100 customer service centres across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.