A UK supplier of pay-as-you-go photo voltaic dwelling programs has partnered with international client items large Unilever to ship solar energy to hundreds of thousands of off-grid houses in Kenya.
The deal between Cambridge-based Azuri Technologies and Unilever Kenya was introduced this week as British Prime Minister Theresa May and UK enterprise leaders, together with Azuri boss Simon Bransfield-Garth, have been in Kenya on a visit to spice up commerce between the 2 nations.
Prime Minister May mentioned that Azuri Technologies’ “progressive strategy to cellular expertise embodies the pioneering spirit of innovation for which Cambridge is globally famend. I’m delighted that Azuri Technologies is becoming a member of me on this go to and they’re a incredible instance of the success UK firms can obtain after they suppose huge and forge international partnerships.”
Under the phrases of the deal, Azuri’s Quad photo voltaic dwelling lighting system shall be co-branded with the Unilever Sunlight model and provided by way of Unilever’s distribution community, which in Kenya is a few 67,000 smallholder merchants. The Quad system features a 10w photo voltaic panel, 4 LED lights, USB port and connectors for cell phone charging, a chargeable radio and rechargeable torch.
Over 600 million folks in Africa haven’t any entry to electrical energy and plenty of households are situated in areas the place grid electrical energy is prohibitively costly. Since 2012, Azuri – which is headquartered in Cambridge, England – has been offering its photo voltaic options on a pay-as-you-go foundation.
This 12 months, AzuriTV was named ‘Innovative Technology of the Year’ on the annual Africa Utility Week Industry Awards. AzuriTV, the primary pay-as-you-go photo voltaic TV system of its variety to be launched in Africa, features a 24-inch tremendous slim LED TV and over 100 satellite tv for pc TV channels.
Bransfield-Garth mentioned the partnership with Unilever “is absolutely aligned to each Azuri and Unilever’s mission to a triple backside line of concurrently delivering social, environmental and monetary returns to prospects and traders alike”.
And Justin Apsey, managing director for East Africa at Unilever, added that the partnership “will assist ship life-changing photo voltaic expertise to off-grid communities and supply Unilever prospects and merchants with the advantages of recent power. Solar energy is confirmed to assist the native and wider economic system and additional helps Unilever’s dedication to the UN Sustainable Development Goals”.