Next generation utility, BBOXX, has partnered with an off-grid provider, DC Go to tackle energy poverty in Southern Africa.

Through this partnership, the companies will combine their unrivalled knowledge of the off-grid energy market in Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.

Both companies believe that there is a significant opportunity to serve the estimated 4.6 million people without access to reliable electricity in the three countries.

BBOXX and DC Go plan to apply their model to both rural and urban environments in the region, particularly informal settlements.

The partnership will see BBOXX provide its solar home systems and technology platform Pulse to DC Go, which will distribute and sell products via a PAYGO model to customers in the region. Read more: Africa’s energy revolution is underway, but challenges remain

Pulse is a cloud-based platform, which enables distributed energy services companies such to improve efficiency and enhance customer service.

Tackling energy poverty

Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and co-founder of BBOXX, said: “Southern Africa is home to many millions of people without access to reliable electricity. This is a serious challenge and will require a concerted effort to overcome.

“We are excited to be exploring ways that we can work with DC Go to tackle energy poverty in this region of Africa. Our vision is to harness the power of pioneering data and technology to generate sustainable economic development by providing the on-grid experience to communities that are in an off-grid setting.”

Greg Midlane, managing director and co-founder of DC Go, added: “The government of South Africa has acknowledged the role that off-grid systems can play in achieving its target of ensuring that all formal households have access to electricity by 2025.

“This recognition of the value of micro-grid and solar home systems is hugely encouraging and reinforces our view that this is the most viable solution for underserviced households in both rural and urban areas.

“We look forward to discussing how we can best deploy our deep market knowledge with BBOXX’s expertise to create a formal partnership.”

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