Canadians bring solar power to off-the-grid Africa

Many people dream of building their small business into an international power base, but two Canadian companies in Africa are taking different approaches to spreading the power.

Jaza Energy and M-Kopa, both started by Canadians, are bringing small-scale solar energy to communities in Tanzania and, in M-Kopa’s case, to Kenya and Uganda as well. Their main line of business is similar, and it’s one that in the long term may be potentially disruptive for utilities in developed countries.

Both firms deal in distributed generation – providing on-site, off-the-grid electricity that can be installed cheaply and quickly and which doesn’t necessarily require giant infrastructure such as power plants or transmission lines.


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