June 27th 2017

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German envoy launches solar panels shop in Kakamega

The joint venture with Chloride Exide is expected to help Mobisol’s expansion since Mobisol is able to access the already established sales and distribution network of Chloride Exide. The joint strengthen existing supply partnership between Chloride Exide and Mobisol.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 28 Sep 2016 11:10 EAT

Mobisol Group, the leading German company for solar home and business systems, has officially launched their first MobiShop in Kenya while simultaneously announcing their Kenyan partnership with battery and energy provider Chloride Exide Kenya Limited.

The new MobiShop in Kakamega County was officially opened yesterday Wednesday 27 September under the patronage of H.E. Mrs Jutta Frasch, the German Ambassador to Kenya, together with Kakamega County Deputy Governor H.E. Mr. Prof. Philip M. Kutima. The German Ambassador Mrs Jutta Frasch said “Simple and affordable solar energy will improve the life of many Kenyans – especially in remote areas”.

Mobisol also announced their Kenyan joint venture with energy provider Chloride Exide. Mobisol already operates in Tanzania and Rwanda, selling solar systems (80 to 200 Watt) and appliances. The systems are capable of illuminating entire households with efficient LED bulbs and allow for running large 32“ flat-screen TVs, stereos, DC fridges, and further provide recharge capabilities for consumer appliances such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets.

The joint venture with Chloride Exide is expected to help Mobisol’s expansion since Mobisol is able to access the already established sales and distribution network of Chloride Exide. The joint strengthen existing supply partnership between Chloride Exide and Mobisol.

Mobisol has been purchasing solar panels, Made in Kenya, from Chloride Exide´s affiliate Solinc. Through the cooperation in Kenya, Mobisol will increase the sourcing volumes from Solinc, serving its Kenyan clients with high-quality Kenyan solar panels. The two firms have set themselves ambitious targets and the partners expect to provide access to clean and reliable solar power for 500,000 Kenyans by the end of 2018.

Andy Pond, Managing Director of Mobisol Kenya, said at the launch, “Through Mobisol, off-grid households in Kenya can finally afford solar systems that are of high quality and powerful enough to meet their entire households and business needs.

"For as little as Sh59 per day, Kenyans can now enjoy a modern, comfortable lifestyle, improve their economic well-being - and at the same time set new standards for worldwide sustainability.”

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