Mobisol celebrated the official inauguration of Mobisol Rwanda Ltd. and their rising number of solar home system installations with a grand opening ceremony in Kanazi, Bugesera. The event was officially opened by the Honorable Mayor of Bugesera Louis Rwagaju, followed by Mobisol’s general manager Thomas Gottschalk’s demonstration of how to electrify 1,000,000 households within 500 days. In the presentation it was announced that Mobisol had already installed 424 solar home systems in Rwanda to date as opposed to only 100 installations anticipated in the invitation. During the speeches, a Mobisol solar home system was installed live by a female local technician while a huge clock measured the efficient 60 minutes it took to install the 80Wp system.
The ceremony was succeeded with speeches by the Honorable Minister of Infrastructure Prof. Silas Lwakabamba and his Excellency the German Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz. After the subsequent presentation of Mobisol’s vision for sustainable electrification in Rwanda guests had the opportunity to visit a Mobisol customer in Kanazi and learn how the local entrepreneur makes productive use of his Mobisol system. Afterwards, the celebration continued with a cocktail reception in Nyamata followed by a tour of the facilities and opportunities to pose questions to Mobisol staff and customers.
The event showcased Mobisol’s commitment to affordable, safe and environmental-friendly rural electrification in Rwanda. The company combines solar energy with an affordable payment plan via mobile phone, comprehensive customer service and innovative remote monitoring technology. At the start of 2014 Mobisol GmbH (Germany) opened up its Rwandan headquarters in Nyamata / Bugesera and has been rapidly expanding its activities in rural areas which are lacking in on-grid energy supply. Mobisol contributes to capacity building and job creation through the Mobisol Akademie, a training institution that provides technical and business education to its local employees.
Prof. Silas Lwakabamba explained: “Given the current settlement patterns, funding challenges and generation shortfalls, the extension of the national grid to different parts of the country will not be possible in the next 5 to 10 years or so. We therefore consider off-grid energy solutions as key contributors to energy access now and in the future.”
Mr. Gottschalk added: “Only a small percentage of the rural population in Rwanda has access to electricity – we are convinced that off-grid electrification will play a very prominent role in electrifying households lacking access. Mobisol provides clean, robust and reliable electricity backed by extended warranty and service as well as an affordable payment plan. In the years to come, we aspire to scale rapidly in order to improve peoples’ quality of life while stimulating socioeconomic development and contributing to global environmental protection.”
Download the press release here.
The Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure’s Newsletter about Mobisol.
Report about the official inauguration in Rwanda Television.