Kenya Tops M-KOPA Solar Panel Sales

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Safaricom-backed solar products reseller M-KOPA has sold 850,000 panels in four African markets through its credit-based pay-as-you-go model. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By James Kariuki

Safaricom-backed solar products reseller M-KOPA has sold 850,000 panels in four African markets through its credit-based pay-as-you-go model.

M-KOPA chief executive Jesse Moore said 80 percent of their sales were made in Kenya, mostly to repeat buyers who moved to upgrade their kits after completing the first purchase.

“We sold our solar kits to 750,000 households via a Sh23.3 billion upfront funding that is regularly repaid via the Safaricom’s M-Pesa platform,” he said.

Speaking in Nairobi when he released the 2019 impact report dubbed, ‘Upgrading Lives’, Mr Moore said beneficiaries had reported huge savings on the money they would use for kerosene and to charge their mobile phones.

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