UK-Japan energy partnership wins award
Published: 13 November 2019 - Carly Wills
The successful partnership between Azuri Technologies and Marubeni Corporation has been awarded Best UK-Japan Partnership for 2019 at the British Business Awards.
In June, Azuri announced an investment of US$26m, led by Marubeni. Working together, Marubeni and Azuri are implementing a strategy to deliver affordable, clean energy solutions to millions across sub-Saharan Africa. Over 600 million people still lack access to the grid in the region.
“The energy market globally is in a period of rapid change, and innovators such as Azuri are demonstrating how new technology can support or even replace conventional ways of delivering power,” explains Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri Technologies.
“The partnership between Azuri and Marubeni is an excellent example of how established businesses and fast-growing technology-based organisations can collaborate to accelerate growth. We are delighted to win this award.”
The successful partnership is driven by a synergy between Azuri’s and Marubeni’s long-term vision for renewable energy and its role in providing life-changing, clean technology which is affordable to low-income rural households in Africa who currently are forced to spend a disproportionate amount of family income on harmful alternatives to light and power homes.
Since launching in 2012, Azuri has become one of the leading providers of life changing pay-as-you-go solar power lighting and TV systems, operating in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria.