Mobisol hires hundreds thanks to surging solar business

31Dec 2018
By Guardian Reporter
Arusha
The Guardian
Mobisol hires hundreds thanks to surging solar business

AS more off-grid customers buy solar power from Mobisol Tanzania Limited, over 300 permanent jobs have since been created, the company has said.

Mobisol senior officials, staff and agents during an official launch of Mobisol Akademie to train local stakeholders of solar power and products earlier this year in Arusha. File photo.

With already over 1,000 contracts signed through its pay-as-you-go solar provider which commenced in 2012, the company has also provided about 90,000 households with access to solar systems for a wide range of electric appliances, including televisions and refrigerators.

“The households accommodate about 450,000 people in all,” Richard Bell who is Mobisol Group Supervisory Board Representative for East Africa, explained during the 6th anniversary of the firm held at Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha recently.

As Mobisol enabled the off-grid households across the country access the affordable renewable energy, it also contributed to a reduction of over 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, Bell added.

“Today we are celebrating our customers, but most importantly our staff, who have been the corner stone for this milestone. Mobisol will continue to invest in building and retaining its talent to further enhance customer experience,” Bell promised.

Chief guest at the ceremony, Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mrisho Gambo underscored the need for public institutions in the region, such as Kisongo Prison, to consider using Mobisol products and services.

Gambo said the firm’s products and services will go a long way in saving public funds and enhancing efficiency in structures of the public institutions. “I would like to congratulate Mobisol management and staff for doing a good job in serving our people with renewable energy sources,” the RC noted.

Mobisol Tanzania has installed 9321.06 KW to date, equivalent to 9.3 MW, the amount which surpasses the 8MW maximum power capacity produced at Nyumba ya Mungu hydro power station situated in Mwanga, Kilimanjaro Region, or the 7.5MW at Somanga thermal power station in Lindi Region.

Driven by market demand for off-grid solutions beyond lighting, the leading global player in decentralised solar electrification designs, distributes and services large home and commercial solar systems, seamlessly integrated with proprietary PAYG software.

By combining the latest high-tech solar hardware with mobile payment technologies, the Berlin-based company ensures affordability through flexible payment plans, the Mobisol UK Ltd Marketing Mangaer, Seth Mathemu, said.

Matemu noted that Mobisol is improving living standards of rural families and entrepreneurs by supporting their new solar-powered businesses and in so doing, increasing their incomes.

“For the hundreds of rural homes which we have supplied with solar power, life is not the same,” Mathemu added. Mobisol also operates in Kenya and Rwanda in East Africa, and nine other countries worldwide.