EDF is a leading player on the solar home system market, giving access to electricity to households. In Cote d’Ivoire, EDF provides solar home systems through the subsidiary Zeci, funded with the Californian start-up OGE. Zeci sells a range of affordable offers, including solar kits (solar panels with batteries) with, depending on the chosen package, energy-efficient household appliances (TV, radios, fans and mobile phone chargers). Payments can be made by simply using a mobile phone. EDF has enlarged his offer in Ghana, through his dedicated subsidiary Zegha, and in Togo with BBOXX company. With his partner Sunculture, EDF sells also off-grid solar-powered irrigation systems fos small-scale farmers.
In South Africa, EDF is the major shareholder of the KES company (in partnership with Total and Calulo) created in 2002, with the aim to equip 270 000 south African people in remote regions of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. KES installs and operates photovoltaic kits supplying light and giving access to radio, television or cell phone chargers.
EDF has also been involved in the Khayelitsha township electrification in the 90s through a joint- venture with local electricity company Eskom and has participated to the installation of low- consumption lighting in one of the surroundings townships in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.