Decentralised Solar Solutions: Access to Energy for Everyone

Many households in Africa, Asia and Latin America lack reliable access to power, making it tough for them to light their homes. Total offers safe, affordable solar solutions. Even people living in very isolated villages can get one of our kits, thanks to dedicated retail networks.

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    The range of solar solutions designed by Total to provide energy in places where access to energy is lacking.

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    At the village market in Kanbauk, Myanmar, a trader gives a demonstration of the Total Ulitium solar kit. Leaving it to charge in the sunlight during the day is sufficient to provide lighting for the whole evening.

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    Demonstration of a SunKing solar lamp in the village of Kaung Byan, Myanmar. Populations that have no access to energy are also the most isolated, posing a real distribution challenge.

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    The village of Kaung Byan in Myanmar.
    This woman bought a solar lamp, which she's using at home for the first time.

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    The village of Pike Pe Lay in Myanmar.
    A fisherman folds his nets by the light of a solar lamp. By extending his working day, the SunKing solar lamp helps him to increase his income.

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    The village of Endayaza in Myanmar.
    In these isolated regions, Ulitium solar kits are improving villagers’ day-to-day lives.

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    Night has fallen on the village of Endayaza in Myanmar.
    A villager finishes work in her vegetable garden, by the light of a SunKing solar lamp.

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    2 p.m. in a Total service station in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
    Abdoulay is demonstrating an Ulitium solar kit. The pump attendant is stressing its ease of use and guaranteed durability.

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    Total service station.
    The customer seems convinced. Charging the lamp in daylight for a few hours provides a sustainable, reliable source of energy to light rooms.

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    Gilberte Nanema, a shopkeeper sells the d.light lamps in Kossodo, a suburb of Ouagadougou.

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    Demonstration and sale of a Sundaya kit to a customer at the Charles de Gaulle service station in Ouagadougou.

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    Rokia Gue, a customer, tries out a solar panel for a S300 lamp sold by Gilberte Nanema at her shop in Kossodo, a suburb of Ouagadougou.

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    8 p.m. in a small village near Zorgho, in eastern Burkina Faso.
    Although it's pitch black out, light can be seen in a few houses. In one of them, four sisters are doing their homework. Darkness no longer stands in the way of their education.

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Total lights up the everyday life of populations without access to electricity thanks to its solar solutions

In Africa, Asia, and Latin America, in regions where access to power cannot be taken for granted, Total solar solutions can make the day brighter for longer. Whether people want to do homework or housework, hobbies, nightwork or get around after dark, life can go on, safely, after the sun has set. These well-made, affordable products allow families to avoid the recurring costs associated with traditional energies, such as batteries, candles and oil lamps. A solar lamp can pay for itself in just a few months.

The range includes a wide variety of solar lamps and kits. With this range of reliable and accessible modern products, it is possible to have lighting and recharge small electrical devices, such as mobile telephones, and use radios, fans and energy-efficient TVs.

The energy solutions developed are innovative in their distribution, ease of use and modular conception. These lamps are available both at Total service stations and via the Group’s networks. They are distributed by approved retailers or local associations, making it possible to supply the most remote regions. In this way, we can reach the greatest number of households. Customers can also take advantage of the new "Pay as you go" solution to pay for their kits in instalments, making these solutions accessible to as many households as possible.

A long-term commitment

In 2011, the Total Access to Energy programme was operating in four pilot countries and teams set themselves the objective of selling a million solar lamps in order to provide 5 million people with safe and sustainable energy by 2015. This target was far exceeded in 2016 with 1.9 million products sold, reaching 9.5 million people by the end of the year.

The range of decentralised solar solutions is now available in 40 countries, with 85% of users declaring that their Total solar lamps have significantly improved their daily lives1.

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, explains: "We aim to keep developing the programme and are targeting sales of five million lamps in Africa in 2020, reaching 25 million people on the continent, which is central to Total’s overall strategy."

 

1 Adage – 1,500 people interviewed by telephone in three mature distributing countries (Cameroon, Nigeria and Kenya).

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