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Project type: Household devices
Standards: Gold Standard
The use of the solar lighting systems enables households to switch from high-cost kerosene to affordable, safe, off-grid renewable solar power therefore reducing fossil fuel-based domestic energy needs. The system comes with three LED solar lights, one of which can also be used as a torch, and a solar panel with a smart-charge-control lithium-ion battery. In addition, households may also be provided with a solar rechargeable radio and a mobile phone charging cable. Some of the world’s most advanced mobile-based payment technology is built into the solar lighting systems, effectively providing microfinance, particularly to low income users. As of September 2019, M-KOPA has connected over 750,000 homes to affordable solar power with 500 new homes being added everyday.
In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), we expect the project to deliver a number of other benefits. The contributions towards the SDGs have been indicatively measured but need to be confirmed by the project developers:
Sadiki Athumani, one of the 600,000 M-KOPA customers from Tanzania, said “At the touch of dusk I can continue assisting my younger brother with his homework thanks to the M-KOPA light. I have noticed an improvement in his studies especially in Mathematics.”