2 February 2013

Rwanda: MTN Launches Solar Charger

Photo: SteveRwanda/Wikipedia
Kigali, Rwanda (file photo).

Kigali — MTN-Rwanda has launched a portable solar energy system designed to aid those without regular access to electricity.

The 'Comeka ReadySet' which is a multifunctional energy system can charge mobile phones as well as power lights, radio sets, tablets, and other devices.

The devise which will be distributed in Rwanda by MTN was designed and manufactured by an American based firm, Fenix International and is available in MTN Service Centers and dealer shops at Rwf115, 000 ($170).

During its launch and testing in Kigali last week, officials explained that the system's battery draws its energy from a 15-Watt solar panel and offers a mains adapter for when the sun is not shining.

Robert Rwakabogo, the Senior Manager Marketing Operations at MTN Rwanda said, in addition to charging phones the 'Comeka ReadySet' solution can also provide power lighting."

"This can help business owners keep their shops open for longer and generate extra earnings.

We have already had a pilot phase and we have a positive response from end users and we are confident this system will serve our rural subscriber base effectively," Rwakabogo added.

MTN is the first telecom in the country to pilot a renewable energy system as a way to improve energy and telecommunications access for all Rwandans.

It also aims at providing entrepreneurs with potential to earn up to Rwf30, 000 ($50) per month in revenue from the 'Comeka ReadySet' as the device can charge up to 10 phones a day or get up to 30 hours of lighting on full charge.

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