AECF Awards Kazang Solar $1.6 mn Project to Deliver Solar Powered Homes. The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) has awarded Kazang Solar, distribution partner of Azuri Technologies in Zambia project worth $1.6 million to deliver affordable solar home lighting products to more than 7,000 off-grid customers in rural Zambia.
Kazang Solar General Manager Chileshe Chilufya said that they are delighted to be one of only three companies to be awarded financial support from AECF REACT, funded by the UK Department for Internation Development (DFID) and look forward to bringing Azuri’s life-changing technology to off-grid communities across Zambia. AECF Awards Kazang Solar $1.6 mn Project to Deliver Solar Powered Homes.
The Azuri Quad solar home lighting system consists of a 10 watt solar panel, four bright LED lights, USB port and connectors for mobile phone charging, rechargeable radio, and rechargeable torch. It is also equipped with artificial intelligence that monitors weather conditions and learns customer usage patterns to adjust output to ensure a full night’s power.
Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri said that the fund supports innovative and transformational business models which characterises the Azuri and Kazang approach. This is a new development for Kazang and Azuri as both companies ramp up efforts to bring reliable life changing solar home solutions to homes in Zambia.
Azuri has been providing commercial pay-as-you-go solar home systems to off-grid homes in Africa and has been working with Kazang in Zambia since 2016.
In 2018, AzuriTV was named ‘Innovative Technology of the Year’ at the annual Africa Utility Week Industry Awards, honouring pioneering projects and people in the industry.
Recently, Zambia launched the Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff (REFiT) strategy to provide a framework for deploying small and medium-sized renewable energy projects of up to 20 MW with private sector involvement. The objective is to bring 200 MW of renewable energy onto the grid within the next three to five years, with 100 MW going toward solar photovoltaic (PV) and 100 MW going toward small hydropower.
Investment activity has also picked up in the sector recently. In June 2018, the International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the government of Canada teamed up to support Zambia with $25 million in financial aid for clean and affordable energy. Read more