Azuri Technologies and Unilever Kenya on Thursday August 30 announced a partnership which both companies say will bring solar home solutions to millions more off-grid homes across Kenya.
The partnership between pay-as-you-go solar home systems provider Azuri and consumer goods provider Unilever Kenya was announced on the day top officials from both firms were set to participate in a business summit at Strathmore Business School. The summit is part of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s trip to the Kenya.
Under the terms of the deal, Azuri’s Quad solar home system will be co-branded with the Unilever Sunlight brand and offered through Unilever’s distribution network. Both companies estimate the network encompasses some 67,000 smallholder traders in the country.
The Unilever distribution network is expected to complement Azuri’s existing partners in country of Raj Ushanga House and Mobicom.
Azuri CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth said: “Azuri is delighted to be partnering with Unilever to expand further the reach of solar pay-as-you-go technology.”
Since 2012, Azuri Technoloigies has been addressing the challenge of access to electricity in the Africa which affects over 600 million people are affected. Many such households are located in regions where provision of grid electricity is prohibitively expensive. The tech firm’s pay-as-you go service is considered affordable, distributing reliable and renewable power.
The partnership between Azuri and Unilever will be effected through the latter’s SunLight brand of washing powder.
“The partnership with Azuri will help deliver life-changing solar technology to off-grid communities and provide Unilever customers and traders with the benefits of modern energy,” said Justin Apsey, Managing Director East Africa at Unilever.