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15 August, 2018 - 12:09 By Kate Sweeney

Fresh impetus for Africa solar power drive

Cambridge UK-based off-grid solar power specialist Azuri Technologies continues to light up homes in Africa after securing fresh funding success.

Kazang Solar, its official distribution partner in Zambia, has been awarded $1.6 million from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) under its Renewable Energy and Climate Adaptation Technologies (REACT) window.

Azuri is a leading commercial provider of pay-as-you-go solar home systems to off-grid homes in Africa and has been working with Kazang in Zambia since 2016.

The investment will help Kazang Solar deliver affordable Azuri Quad solar home lighting products to more than 7,000 off-grid customers in rural Zambia.

Kazang Solar is the sister company of Kazang, the largest provider of electronic vending services in Zambia. Kazang services more than 100,000 customers per day and has a nationwide footprint.

The unique partnership between Kazang, Kazang Solar and Azuri means that customers in traditionally underserved rural areas not only gain access to reliable solar-powered lighting but also can access for the first time a range of digital financial services.

Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri, said: “This is an exciting new development for Kazang and Azuri as both companies ramp up efforts to bring reliable solar home solutions to homes in Zambia.

“The fund supports innovative and transformational business models which characterises the Azuri and Kazang approach. Azuri looks forward to working with and providing continued support to Kazang as they deliver life-changing solar technology to customers across the country.”

Azuri Quad solar home lighting system features artificial intelligence that monitors weather conditions and learns customer usage patterns to adjust output to ensure a full night’s power. The Azuri Quad solar home lighting system includes a 10W solar panel, four bright LED lights, USB port and connectors for mobile phone charging, rechargeable radio and rechargeable torch.

AzuriTV, the first PayGo solar TV system of its kind to be launched in Africa, features a 24-inch super slim LED TV, over 100 satellite TV channels, mobile phone charging, rechargeable radio and rechargeable torch.

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