Tanzania is home to over 49 million people and with its expansive wilderness regions, many of those people live off the grid and without power. But some companies like M-KOPA Solar are looking to change that in this East African country through leveraging the use of cell phones, weekly electric plans, and technology to help those in need of stable electricity. This form of service has began to take off in the region.
Tanzania is divided up into 30 different regions across the land, and within each “region” there could be several “districts” being governed in that particular area. Combined with a different council in charge of managing the region’s district, Tanzania has had a tough time finding common ground for sustainable and available energy solutions. As East Africa continues to explore the possibility of renewable energy as the main source of power to many countries in the area, Tanzania has also embraced the idea with a unique and affordable way for customers to get the power they need to light their homes at night, charge their cell phones, and other modern conveniences regardless of whether they live in a highly dense city, or the vast out lands.
Tanzania and Technology
Modern technology is not new to Tanzania, and in fact it is reported that some 59% of the adult population own a smart phone. Combined with innovative technologies, smart phones have become a staple in most homes not just in Tanzania, but across the globe, thus making great business for a technology company to leverage the current gadgets in the area to expand their technological reach.
Solar Energy Pay as You Go
- Leading Energy Companies – As the energy industry takes hold of East Africa as a whole, companies are looking to provide a service for the people of Tanzania that many have lived without for most of their lives, simply having electricity. The leading companies heading this movement are corporations such as M-KOPA Solar, and Off Grid Electric Revolutionizing the pay as you go model for solar power using a combination of renewable energy, affordable and convenient payment plans, and direct shipment equipment.
- Energy Source – Today, the main focus is on solar energy, leveraging the power of the sun to power and store energy in a battery box that is controlled by the end user. With a required password to turn the box on and off, this gives the customer full control on when and how long they want to use their energy source.
- Payment Plans – Finding an easy way for a rural farmer to pay for their electricity was a no brainer for power companies when they recognized the influence, use, and power of modern technology and cell phones. With cell phones becoming more common place, having a fast and easy scratch card payment service gives customers the ability to pay for their electricity anywhere in the world, making the service even easier to use and apply across the country.
- Equipment – When a customer orders service from a local vendor, the power grid comes with a few key items including a solar panel to be installed on the roof or in a reliable space of continuous sunlight, a power box to store the electricity, and the necessary wires to run the equipment. Combined with a phone app and prepaid card, customers get everything they need with minimum effort to enjoy the benefits of electricity anywhere in the country.