Are you a TV lover or are you tired of paying high power bills? Well, you need not worry any more following the launch of a new TV set that boasts of an inbuilt solar system by Mobisol, a local renewable energy equipment vendor. The TV set has facilities to enable lighting of at least one bulb, recharging of any device that uses a USB, including telephones, radios, torches, and also has an aerial and satellite TV receiver.
Speaking at the launch event on Wednesday, Frida Wintelmann, the Mobisol business and customer strategy head, said the new solar-powered TV set was a “game-changer.”
“We have been able to make everything fit into one box,” she said, adding that users will no longer worry about energy bills or power cuts,” she added.
She said that rural electrification goes beyond just lighting and should include appliances like TV sets, fridges, flat irons, and the ability to recharge devices.
“The Rwandan market is dynamic and we want to make sure that we are always able to match its needs,” she said during the function that was attended by officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure, European Union, Energy Development Corporation Limited, and the general public.
While launching the new solar-powered TV set, Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) managing director Emmanuel Kamanzi said the technology will lead to more development.
“Previously, only those connected to the national grid were the ones with television sets, but that has changed with advances in technology, and now there are solar-powered TV sets.
“This will create inclusion, enabling Rwandans to access information at affordable rates,” Kamanzi said.