BBOXX, a UK based solar energy company, is partnering with DC Go, a company that provides off-grid electricity, to provide off-grid electricity in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. The companies say they will mainly be targeting townships in the Southern Afrikan countries where they believe millions of residents use dangerous illegal grid connections to power their homes.
BBOXX and DC Go also believe that there is an opportunity to provide off-grid electricity to the approximately 4 million people without access to reliable electricity in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.
“Southern Africa is home to many millions of people without access to reliable electricity. This is a serious challenge and will require a concerted effort to overcome. We are excited to be exploring ways that we can work with DC Go to tackle energy poverty in this region of Africa. Our vision is to harness the power of pioneering data and technology to generate sustainable economic development by providing the on-grid experience to communities that are in an off-grid setting,” said Mansoor Hamayun, CEO, and co-founder at BBOXX.
The partnership will see BBOXX provide its off-grid solar energy home systems and cloud-based technology platform to DC Go, which will, in turn, distribute and sell solar-powered electricity using a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) model to customers in the 3 Southern Afrikan countries.
“The Government of South Africa has acknowledged the role that off-grid systems can play in achieving its target of ensuring that all formal households have access to electricity by 2025. This recognition of the value of micro-grid and solar home systems is hugely encouraging and reinforces our view that this is the most viable solution for underserviced households in both rural and urban areas. We look forward to discussing how we can best deploy our deep market knowledge with BBOXX’s expertise to create a formal partnership,” said Greg Midlane, Managing Director and co-founder at DC Go.
This is not the first time that UK-based BBOXX has made a move into Afrika. Earlier in June 2018, the company signed a contract with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government to provide off-grid solar energy to 2,5 million citizens across the DRC by 2020.