Safaricom's M-Kopa targets 1 mln buyers of solar TV

Technology & Convergence

Solar energy provider M-Kopa has set a target to supply 1 million households in the country with solar-powered digital flat screen television sets by next year, Mobile Business Daily reported. M-Kopa CEO Jesse Moore said the solar power TVs innovation will offer off-grid households living below a dollar a day an alternative form of energy and access to television programming. Moore estimated that 69 per cent of Kenyan adults are in the "dark" for either lack of access to power or failure to afford TV sets.

The 16-inch TVs will offer 26 digital channels for free. The M-Kopa 400 kit comes with the 16 inch TV, a radio, solar panel, aerial, two head lights and a torch. Customers need to make a KES 7,999 deposit through M-Pesa and the pay KES 125 daily for a year. Those who want to purchase upfront can pay KES 45,000 one off.

Moore said that customers with good credit standing with them will be communicated to when they become eligible for an upgrade. They will own the TV and solar power system outright after a two-year payment plan.

The M-Kopa TV plus solar system can run for at least four hours if the system is still being used to charge a phone, radio or other devices and up to eight hours uninterrupted.
Source: Telecompaper 18 February 2016