28 May 2015, Lagos – French oil major, Total, said it had sold one million solar lamps in Nigeria and the rest of Africa, targeting sales of five million lamps on the continent in 2020.
Total had in 2012 inaugurated the Awango by Total programme to market solar lamps providing affordable access to energy for communities in emerging economies, noting that nearly two billion people do not have access to electricity.
To help remedy that, the group set an objective of improving the daily lives of five million people by selling one million Awango by Total solar lamps by 2015, the company said on its website.
“This goal has been met and exceeded: by May of this year, one million solar lamps had been sold in Africa alone. Awango by Total is based on social business model and will be distributed in more than 30 countries by end-2015.”
Total in Nigeria had during the inauguration of the initiative said the aim was to provide access to lighting for 5 per cent off the grid households in Nigeria by selling 1 million lamps by 2017.
Designed for households that lack access to electricity, the company says the solar lamps supply reliable, clean, affordable energy, adding that they could also be used to charge small mobile devices such as phones.
The lamps replace less effective and more expensive candles, disposable batteries and kerosene, it said.