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Posted on June 5, 2019 by  & 

Marubeni leads $26m investment in off-grid African solar

Marubeni Corporation has reached an agreement to acquire a stake in Azuri Technologies Ltd, entering into the solar home systems business for off-grid areas in Africa. Marubeni's investment will make the company the largest shareholder of Azuri. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt 2019-2029.
Azuri Technologies, a leading provider of pay-as-you-go solar home solutions to off-grid households across Africa, announced a strategic investment of US$26 million, led by Marubeni Corporation with additional participation from existing shareholders, including IP Group plc. This strategic investment will accelerate Azuri's market growth plans in both East and West Africa and open up new opportunities for the business.
Azuri Technologies provides solar home systems to off-grid consumers in sub-Saharan Africa on a pay-as-you-go basis. These systems enable households without access to the grid to benefit from modern conveniences, from electric light to satellite TV and Internet access via smartphones. Azuri solar home systems include solar panels, batteries, LED lights, radio and 60 channels of satellite TV, to off-grid consumers through installments paid via mobile payment. These systems enable households in off-grid areas to access electricity for business, study and other such activities. Azuri's systems also enable these households access to worldwide information through TV and radio.
One of Azuri's strengths is a unique technology called HomeSmart . This system learns the typical power-usage patterns of individual consumers and then adapts energy output to manage the system to each consumer's specific needs. It also monitors and adapts to weather conditions to ensure that consumers have access to "light at night".
At present, approximately 1.1 billion people throughout the world do not have access to electricity. In 2018, Marubeni acquired a stake in WASSHA Inc and has since been conducting regional power supply business for off-grid areas in Tanzania. Looking to the future, Marubeni will provide new services, not limited to the provision of electricity. Additionally, the company will continue to work towards providing power, worldwide information, and better quality of life to areas of the world without electricity by leveraging a synergy between the local networks possessed by Azuri and WASSHA, and Marubeni's own extensive industry experience and global network.
Source and top image: Marubeni Corporation/ Azuri Technologies
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