Pay as you go solar TV
. That’s right. Solar TV. This is being trialled in Kenya by a company called Azuri technologies
The principle is quite simple: For a down payment and a fixed monthly fee you get the following: a 32” flat panel TV with a solar panel to power it, a battery to store the energy from the solar panel, two high power tube lights, two spot lights rechargeable radio, rechargeable torch, USB phone charging, and a subscription to the Zuku Smart package (“offering over 55 channels including all local content plus the EDU channel featuring the National Curriculum content, BBC and National Geographic documentary channels, Movies, Music and Religious programs”)
How much does it cost? The solar TV comes at an upfront price of KES 8,999 ($82.39), followed by KES 129 ($1.18) per day for 30 months. After those 30 months, “the system is unlocked and all additional power is free of charge.”
In some places in Kenya 80% of homes don’t have access to electricity. A package like this which offers light, power, a radio, a TV and a battery, the impact is incredible and allows people access to information - and resources - they wouldn’t normally have.