Through collaboration with international charitable organization WorldVenture, South Sudan is now the fourth country in which Eight19's pay-as-you-go off-grid PV system is in operation.The plan is to deploy 1000 units in the first half of 2012 in South Sudan and a total of 3,000 units of its small flexible OPV modules in Kenya, Zambia and Malawi.

Thomas Bell, South Sudan director of projects at WorldVenture said: “There is a pressing need for off-grid power in South Sudan, where sometimes the poorest even burn grass despite the smoke health hazard and fire risk; they just are so desperate for an affordable way to have light at night. Eight19’s pay-as-you-go solar is a grass-root solution, which is particularly important in South Sudan, where there is a complete lack of infrastructure.”

The IndiGo units contain a battery, a solar panel, lights and a phone charging device.