|Market segment||Distributor of energy systems|
|Total investment volume||€14,72 million|
Off-grid solutions are sorely needed in Cameroon, where four in five households are not connected to the national grid. Since 2015, France and Cameroon-based developer upOwa has been narrowing this energy gap by providing easy access to solar power to rural communities.
In six regions, the company has been reaching last-mile customers, most of whom have never had access to electricity, with their autonomous, tailored solar kits. The systems are based on a PAYG model and provide affordable power on demand, allowing villagers to charge their mobile phones, listen to the radio or watch TV, and light their homes and businesses at an equal or lower price than that of conventional kerosene lamps. During on-the-ground training, customers learn to make the most of their equipment and optimise its lifespan, while the underlying management platform relies on centralised support functions and streamlined processes designed for flexibility and scale.