Photon Energy’s director and general manager Jonathan Bates recently travelled out to Africa to prepare the joint venture, which aims to strike deals with organisations such as housing developers, businesses, schools and hospitals for the deployment of solar power.
He said, ‘People in Tanzania face frequent power outages which they cope with by switching on diesel generators – but these are smelly, noisy and expensive to run, and it’s a very big problem.
‘Instead, we want to deliver a valuable service: solar arrays that power banks of batteries that can continue to provide electricity much more cheaply until the mains power returns.’
Photon Energy was launched in 2006 and before co-launching the business, Bates worked with IT Power, supporting overseas aid programmes run by agencies such as the World Bank, United Nations and the European Commission.
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