27/06/2019 - This week, a provider of pay-as-you-go solar home solutions to off-grid households across Africa, officially launched its 24-inch solar satellite television and home lighting system in Zambia at the British High Commission in Lusaka.
Solutions provider Azuri Technologies, said that the TV launch in Zambia comes on the heels of it's strategic $26 million equity investment, accelerating the company’s expansion plans across sub-Saharan Africa.
The investment will help more off-grid customers across Zambia benefit from affordable, clean and reliable energy, as well as having access to modern energy-efficient appliances.
Azuri CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth said: “Azuri believes African consumers, regardless of wherever they may live, should be able to access affordable modern digital services and devices that have a positive impact on daily life and on livelihoods.”
“Pay-as-you-go solar power is connecting off-grid households to the modern digital world through reliable, clean energy and highly efficient products such as AzuriTV which delivers social and economic benefits that many urban users have experienced for years.”
Minister for Energy, Matthew Nkhuwa, said: “Renewable energy such as that offered by Azuri can be a catalyst for rural development through improved access to information, improved productivity and new employment opportunities, as well as supporting Zambia’s commitment to mitigating climate change.”
AzuriTV was the first complete solar TV and satellite package designed and developed for off-grid consumers in Africa. Azuri customers pay for their solar and satellite TV service through regular weekly installments, and once the system is paid for, all energy generated going forward is free of charge.
British High Commissioner, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE, said: “Solar power has the potential to transform the lives of millions of people who are still living off the grid.”
“Azuri embodies the pioneering spirit of innovation for which the UK is globally renowned. The launch today showcases the cutting-edge technology and expert services that British firms can offer to rapidly expanding markets across Africa.”
According to a recent study by Efficiency for Access Coalition, televisions are the second most desired off-grid appliance by consumers, with only solar lighting being ranked more highly.
Shamba Shape Up, one of East Africa’s most popular rural programmes offering farming tips and advice, which is available to AzuriTV customers, reports that 80% of viewers on average increase income, produce, and/or food for their households by making simple changes recommended by the televised show.
The AzuriTV package includes a 24-inch solar TV with 49 popular Zuku satellite TV channels and over 50 radio channels. The unit comes complete with solar home lighting, rechargeable radio, torch and mobile phone charging. The complete package costs as little as K98 per week.