While residents of the developing world take grid electricity for granted, conditions in the other parts of the world are just the opposite where people have limited or no access to the electric grid, making a process as simple as charging a cell phone, a daunting one. To better conditions for people living in Rwanda, MTN, the state’s leading mobile network operator, has launched a portable solar energy generating system called the Comeka ReadySet.
The device, which has been created by California-based Fenix International, was previously featured on EcoChunk when it was crowd funding on KickStarter. Now dubbed the Comeka ReadySet, the system will be distributed by MTN Rwanda and acts as a multifunctional energy system that can charge mobile phones and also provide energy to power lights, radios and other portable electronic devices.
The Comeka ReadySet will be available in MTN Service Centers for RWF 115,000 (about $182), and it draws energy from a 15W solar panel or the mains if the sun isn’t shining. Apart from easing the lives of people living in Rwanda, MTN believes that the system can help business owners keep their shops open for longer and generate extra income. Moreover, since the device can charge up to 10 phones a day using renewable solar energy, Rwanda’s entrepreneurs can earn about $400 each year in revenue by starting a small phone charging business.