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Total Malawi Limited has stepped up its efforts to reach out to more low income groups in the country with clean energy by partnering with a Kenyan solar lamps company, Greenlight Planet.

The Kenyan firm is currently a global leader in providing under-electrified communities with access to clean, affordable solar lighting technologies.

The deal between the two companies will see more households in off-grid communities using Greenlight’s Sun King home lighting and mobile charging solutions.

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Making the announcement on Thursday at Kristwick Service Station along Masauko Chipembere Highway in Blantyre, Total Malawi Managing Director Seggie Kistasamy described the partnership as a significant milestone for Total Malawi in fulfilling its commitment to better energy in the country.

“The importance of these lamps is that it can easily be adapted to home environment and that it has sustainable energy to replace the alternative energy sources like charcoal. Yes, there are so many solar products on the market, but what we are offering is a solution that offers durability,” Kistasamy said.

Senior Associate Partnership Adviser for Greenlight Planet Company in southern Africa Anthony Akivembe said he is hopeful that as the partnership grows, they will be able to increase the product on the market.

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“We are in Malawi through Total as a partner and it has been a long time coming for us to be able to get this partnership going. We are proud today that we have managed to launch our home system which I believe will be really helpful to the families out there. The product is quite affordable and readily available in all Total service stations across the country,” Akivembe said.

The two companies, however, justified the K55, 000-plus price tag of the solar lamps, saying it is in line with quality of the product.

“The customers or consumers should not be worried about warranties and guarantees because if you buy the product and is not working, we are going to replace it with a new one. In addition, you will start thinking to replace a battery with a new one after five years, so it is cost-effective,”Akivembe said.

Total Malawi Limited started selling solar energy in 2010 and so far it has sold about 10 million lamps primarily to rural and off-grid areas in Malawi.

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