Sun King Energy Systems. Photo: Greenlight Planet
Greenlight Planet, a solar pay-as-you-go provider in Africa, and Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, have announced a partnership that aims to provide Orange’s customers with access to clean energy solutions in several African countries.
The countries include Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and more. Through this partnership, Greenlight Planet will provide equipment and support, expanding Orange’s value proposition in energy.
Greenlight Planet’s solar systems will first become available for Orange’s 8 million customers in Burkina Faso from November 2019. The partnership involves both companies deploying Greenlight Planet’s Sun King range of off-grid energy systems available to the hardest-to-reach regions in the country, especially to the households who live off-the-grid.
As part of its multiservice strategy, Orange has chosen to contribute to the challenge of making access to energy more readily available in African countries within its footprint by providing a range of innovative Orange Energy services. The Group first launched “solar kits” offer for consumers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2017; the offer is now available in eight countries across the continent.
Through these offers, Orange Energy customers gain access to the necessary solar equipment needed to provide them with enough energy t o power basic services in their homes. Customers can use their mobiles to pay small, modular subscription fees at a distance using Orange Money, making solar energy more widely accessible with the flexibility of mobile payments.
In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 600 million people do not have access to the grid and power cuts are frequent, even in large cities. The partnership between Orange and Greenlight Planet will provide a much-needed service to a population that would otherwise find it difficult to access energy.
The Sun King solar systems by Greenlight Planet that Orange is offering can light up a whole house, charge the household’s mobile phones and power a radio or even a television. They consist of a solar panel that is typically installed on the roof of the house or business and connected to a battery and control unit inside the building. Users also benefit from a two-year warranty for the products, which covers the entire installation, maintenance, and repairs, in conjunction with Greenlight Planet.
Greenlight Planet has sold over 12 million Sun King solar home energy products to off-grid households around the world. Greenlight Planet reaches remote, off-grid customers through a unique business model involving a vast network of micro-entrepreneurs, more than 300 global strategic distribution partners, and its proprietary EasyBuy (“pay-as-you-go”) installment payment technology that makes safe, high-quality solar energy products affordable for all.