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SCHNEIDER Electric, a French based energy company has signed an exclusive agreement with Samansco, a local renewable energy firm to distribute its solar powered portable LED bulbs. The signing ceremony took place in Harare yesterday at the Residence of the Ambassador of France to Zimbabwe Laurent Delahousse.

The portable bulbs, also known as The Mobiya TS 120S is an energy efficient, eco friendly and robust portable lamp producing 120-lumen light output, perfectly suited for demanding rural communities.

The lamps are also equipped with USB port, thus enabling users to charge their mobile devises.

It features three brightness settings, providing up to 48 hours of lighting with one day of solar charge.

“Ideal for off grid households, small shops, street vendors and fishing boats, the Mobiya TS 120S offers users safe and sufficient light for comfortable reading and other household and business activities within an un-electrified household or small business environment,” said Ms Zanelle Dalglish, head of sustainable development for southern Africa at Schneider.

“In Zimbabwe, 55 percent of the population is not connected onto the grid and 11,5 percent is under serviced in remote areas, rendering the Mobiya an ideal solution for social and economic development.

Samansco managing director Mr Jangez Gangat said the lamps provided a perfect fit into the company’s total solution offering. “For more than 30 years, Samansco has been developing products and systems to provide clean, efficient and reliable power, where and when it is needed.”

To date, the company has supplied over 22 000 systems in 14 countries in southern and central Africa.

The French Embassy to Zimbabwe said the latest development demonstrated an important step towards re-engagement between Zimbabwe and Schneider Electric.

Schneider’s long-term commitment to Zimbabwe is further reiterated by its support of Dr Sekai Nzenza of the Simukai Project and the Rio Zimbabwe Foundation. Samansco and Schneider Electric have committed to support the Simukai Project through the with 20 In-Diya solar home systems.

“This is an important first step in our social engagement. By supporting community projects in Zimbabwe and through our partnership with Samansco, Schneider Electric has identified two other community projects that have been earmarked for support over the next 12 months,” said Ms Dalglish.

Mr Delahousse commended both Schneider Electric and Samansco for their pro-active approach in promoting renewable energy for sustainable development in Zimbabwe. “It is fundamental that private sector initiatives, such as these undertaken by French company, Schneider Electric, and Zimbabwean company, Samansco, become drivers for both growth and economic development.

The Embassy of France is pleased to have been able to support this partnership and the fostering of co-operation with Sekai Nzenza’s role in the Rio Zim Foundation and the Simukai Project,” he said.

Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries.

Source : The Herald

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