African Tech Roundup: Unpacking Africa’s solar power revolution with Chad Larson of M-KOPA Solar

Images of branding, products and clients in and around the town of Kitale, NW Kenya, for M-KOPA SOLAR, a mobile technology innovating company who believe in the huge potential of transformative, affordable products such as solar panels and lights, the D10 and D20, designed for underserved consumers.

This week’s episode of the African Tech Round-up features a snippet from Andile Masuku’s full-length sit-down with Chad Larson— one of the three founders of the Kenyan solar power start-up M-KOPA Solar. Chad serves as the company’s Finance Director and Chief Credit Officer. He has lived in Nairobi with his wife and three boys since the company launched in 2011.

Chad is a qualified CFA and an Oxford MBA who previously served as the CFO of the Africap Microfinance Investment Fund, based in Johannesburg, and prior to that, he spent 10 years in the investment banking division of Bank of America in Sydney and New York, working on fixed income, structured finance, and derivative transactions.

M-KOPA Solar is aiming to be a $1 billion company by providing pay-as-you-go energy to off-grid homes. To that end, the company successfully closed a $19 million round of financing led by Generation Investment Management LLP in December 2015.


Editor’s Note: African Tech Roundup is a weekly podcast, hosted by Andile Masuku, that covers technology, digital and innovation highlights from across Africa and beyond. This episode first appeared on africantechroundup.com.