Azuri CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth will join the select group of UK business leaders travelling to the continent to meet with government officials and trade ambassadors from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya over a week-long tour.
“The visit from the Prime Minister highlights both the existing relationships between British companies and countries in Africa and the opportunities for the future. Africa has some of the fastest growing economies in the world and British businesses are ideally placed to support this growth and improve the lives of millions of consumers,” said Azuri CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth.
Snehar Shah, Head of Azuri’s East Africa headquarters in Nairobi, has also been invited to welcome the PM’s business delegation in Nairobi on Thursday and discuss Azuri’s success story in working with local partner companies and creating local employment opportunities in the solar industry.
With over 600 million people in Africa having no access to electricity and many located in regions where the cost of rolling out grid electricity is prohibitively expensive, Azuri has been selling its innovative solar home solutions, delivering reliable, renewable and distributed power on an affordable pay-as-you-go basis.
Across East Africa, Azuri is working with major local partner companies to bring solar power at scale to off-grid households, including the provision of seamless solar-powered satellite TV providing over 50 satellite channels.
In addition to providing power, to date, Azuri has also created over 5,000 new jobs via partner companies to sell, support and maintain solar home systems.
In Kenya, explains Snehar Shah, Azuri’s solar vision is closely aligned with the objectives of the Government’s ‘Big Four’ agenda focused on delivering improved quality of life and access to digital services.
“Solar power should be seen not only as good for the environment and good for consumers but is also as a significant contributor to progress on the ‘Big Four’ agenda of national development,” said Snehar Shah.
Azuri contributes to the Universal Healthcare agenda by providing consumers with clean power. The company also supports the Affordable Housing agenda by bringing light, TV, radio and other domestic essentials to rural communities. In relation to Food Security, under the ‘Big Four’ agenda, the company is currently running a solar irrigation pilot in the region, and as an industry, the pay-as-you-go solar sector is also exploring Local Manufacturing options to help create employment opportunities.
Solar power has been shown to have powerful economic and social benefits. Studies show solar households on average increased their income by US$35 per month. In addition, children in solar-powered homes were able to study for up to 90 minutes longer in the evenings, compared to households with conventional fuel lamps. This new data supports the many positive stories being shared by Azuri customers on how solar has improved their lives.
Azuri entered the solar market in Africa in 2012 and is now one of the leading providers of pay-as-you-go solar power lighting and TV systems, working in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria
In 2018, Azuri was named the 233rd fastest growing company in Europe by the Financial Times and Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe.
Azuri’s solar TV, the first solar home television on the market, continues to collect be industry accolades, the most recent being the ‘Innovative Technology of the Year’ award at the annual Africa Utility Week Industry Awards. Azuri also won an Edison Award for its innovation and excellence.