EDF and Off Grid Electric, a leading company in the distribution of solar energy in Africa, offer a range of affordable offers, including solar kits for rural and peri-urban households. These individual kits include easy-to-install solar panels, along with batteries to store energy. These offers include, depending on the chosen package, energy-efficient household appliances including television sets, radios, fans and mobile phone chargers. After three years, the customer becomes the owner of his installation, which is guaranteed for another two years. Payments can be made by simply using a mobile phone.
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.