M-Kopa solar customers hit 250,000

M-Kopa solar home system. Photo/Courtesy

M-Kopa solar home system. Photo/Courtesy

M-Kopa Solar, a Kenyan pay-as-you-go off grid energy provider, says it has sold 250,000 solar kits across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania since its formation in 2011.

Managing director and co-founder Jesse Moore said the firm was on target to sell a million kits by 2018.

“Last September, we celebrated when we achieved 100,000 customers, and a year later we are already at a quarter-million which is a great milestone in our activities,” he said.

M-Kopa is a pay-as-you-go energy scheme where customers begin using a solar kit by paying a Sh2,999 deposit, a daily fee of Sh40 via Safaricom’s M-Pesa to access the solar-powered lamps and own the equipment after a year.

The overall M-Kopa Solar price comes to about Sh17,600.

The solar lamps are programmed in a such a way that they automatically switch off whenever a user defaults on the daily payments.

The battery-powered 8W home system has three lamps, a chargeable radio and a mobile phone charging kit. The kit comes in handy for households that do not have electricity connection.

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