FENIX International, a next-generation energy company and subsidiary of ENGIE, has opened its sixth market in Mozambique, where it expects to reach 200,000 households with clean energy and inclusive financial services within three years.
Fenix is the first PAYGO solar company in Mozambique to use these Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to reduce costs and bring high-quality, affordable technology to rural, last-mile customers.
The company has partnered with Vodacom and Vodafone M-Pesa SA to tackle the challenges of distribution, connectivity and mobile payments that have left rural Mozambicans underserved by affordable energy products in the past.
The company’s latest product, Fenix Power, is a GSM-enabled power system that enables the company to determine product usage and potential technical issues remotely, improving the customer experience.
Gulamo Nabi, from Vodafone M-Pesa SA said: ‘We’ve been working to unlock the potential of M-Pesa for the millions of Mozambicans in rural areas, far from the national grid or traditional financial services.
‘Vodafone M-Pesa SA is excited to work with Fenix to access these areas and provide the easy, fast and secure payment platform for customers to light up their homes with clean, affordable energy. This is totally aligned with our mission to create mobile solutions to change our customers lives.’
Optimal market for off-grid solar products
Luke Hodgkinson, managing director of Fenix Mozambique, commented: ‘Mozambique has set an ambitious target with their ProEnergia initiative to reach 100 percent of the population with electricity by 2030.
‘The country represents an optimal market for off-grid solar products, with only 27 percent of households currently connected to electricity and a highly distributed population. Fenix’s operations here will focus on reaching those most in need of energy access, particularly districts in the North and people who are using expensive, polluting, and dangerous methods such as kerosene and candles to light their homes.’
By replacing fossil fuel-powered lanterns, solar home systems allow off-grid customers to illuminate their homes with clean LED lights, as well as charge phones and run radios, TVs, hair clippers and speakers.