Combining solar power with micro-financing and a mobile payment system, Mobisol offers clean and affordable energy for low-income households in areas not connected to the grid. 

Solar electricity paid for via a mobile payment system enables users to sustainably power devices in areas without access to a electricity grid.  With systems ranging in size from 80 watts to power seven LED lights and a radio, to 200 watts capable of charging phones, powering a fridge and lights, Mobisol aims to cater for a wide range of consumer needs. They have also designed business specific kits, with appliances such as a barber’s hair clipper and educational materials on topics such as bookkeeping. The household solar systems are connected to a battery to power devices in the evenings.

Mobisol systems come with an extended warranty and a full service package for three years, which includes free maintenance of the systems. Through an integrated GSM modem, technical data are tracked and monitored in a web-based interface, enabling technicians to identify problems and make repairs within 48 hours.

Mobisol aspires to provide clean, robust, and reliable solar electricity to off-grid households.

Thomas Gottschalk – CEO, Mobisol.

Why you should care

The electrification rate in rural Africa is around 15% to 20%. The high cost of grid extension is a barrier to increasing electricity access to remote rural households. These households rely on noxious kerosene for lighting and diesel generators for appliances. Mobisol’s own field research has shown that households can save up to 50% of their lighting expenses by using solar electricity instead of kerosene. Mobisol’s system addresses the two main bottlenecks for off-grid energy: a lack of micro-payment methods and the lack of access to the long-term loans needed to purchase a high-quality and reliable home solar system.

How the Global Goals are addressed

SDG4 Quality education

Quality Education

Adequate lighting for reading and studying plays a significant role in improving educational outcomes in remote rural areas by increasing safety and the number of study hours available.

Affordable and Clean Energy

Mobisol reports that they have electrified over 70,000 households. Solar energy is a clean power source for people living off the grid and a good substitute for harmful kerosene.

Climate Action

Mobisol systems are currently offsetting more than 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by displacing kerosene and diesel, according to the company.