British solar tech company, Eight19, is providing remote African villages with safe, affordable electricity through its IndiGo personal solar power service for just a dollar a week.
Eight19 first introduced its IndiGo solar energy system in Kenya six months ago and is quickly expanding throughout the continent, with recent service distribution in the world's newest country, South Sudan.
IndiGo solar allows customers to generate their own electricity using a photovoltaic panel and battery pack. To access the energy produced by their solar unit, they can purchase a $1 card with an imprinted code which is dialed into the battery back, allowing users to easily track their energy consumption.
This new technology employs the pay-as-you-go service model and its concept is similar to a prepaid calling card.
According to Steve Andrews, CEO of UK based charity, SolarAid, "Indigo is a potential game changer in bringing clean, safe lighting and electricity to the world's poorest people.”