TOTAL Unveils Solar Solutions To Improve Access To Energy


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“To enable low-income communities to meet some of their most basic everyday needs, Total Uganda has introduced Awango by Total, a line of innovative, reliable solar lighting and phone charging solutions,” said Ms Ada Eze, the Managing Director of Total Uganda Limited.

She said this on Thursday at the project launch held at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

“We believe that the Awango product line will improve lives by enabling these communities to get extra hours of light to continue with their income generating activities which would normally end by nightfall,” said Ms Eze.

This would help people reduce on the need for pricey oil/kerosene for lighting especially with the increase of the excise duty on kerosene to Shs 200 per litre when it is used mostly by low income earners deep in villages

Ms Eze noted that in Uganda, 88 percent of the population is not connected to the public electricity grid and yet lack of access to energy is a major obstacle to development.

Initially, Total was relying on its network of trained service employees to inform and educate customers about solar energy and how to use the lamps.

However, the company is now teaming up with partners such as cooperatives and NGO’s working in far off locations to bring the products even closer to people.

“We understand finances can be an issue so our aim is to innovate by creating last-mile distribution networks by teaming up with reliable partners such as SACCOS, Microfinance Institutions, NGO’s with community outreaches, colleges and schools, to offer the products on a feasible payment platform that is suited to the conditions in which they will be used and yet still be affordable,” said Mrs. Ahlem Friga-Noy, the Corporate Affairs Manager at Total Exploration and Production in Uganda.

The Guest of Honour, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives thanked Total for not only boosting access to alternative, clean energy sources but also for demonstrating a strong commitment to the development of Uganda.

The Guest of Honour, Minister for Trade and Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde speaking at the Awango launch

She urged the public to embrace this initiative, emphasizing that this would ultimately improve livelihoods.

This project is an innovative business Model with an ambitious target of bettering the lives of millions of people across the world by combining profitability with benefits for the local community.

The Awango by Total range includes top quality, cost effective, solar products from portable solar lamps to modular kits. The lamps provide up to 12 hours of lighting when fully charged and some ranges can also be used to charge mobile phones.

In 2012 the project was launched in 4 new countries (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Haiti and Cambodia) and in 2013, it will be rolled out in at least 6 new countries including Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Total has been present in Uganda since 1955 through its marketing operations, and the Group holds more than 24 percent of the market share.

Total E&P Uganda is a new upstream affiliate which will handle the exploration and production of oil in Exploration Area 1 (EA-1) and Exploration Area 1A (EA-1A) within the Albertine Region.


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