CleanTechnica has had numerous articles on companies and organizations that are supplying off-grid electricity to consumers in Africa. Since I live in western Kenya where many people I know have these systems, this article is to report on these developments from the Kenyan consumer’s point of view. Here is a picture of the kerosene lantern that is commonly used in Africa. I have had to use one of these. Pathetic. They give off so little light that I would need to put the book right next to it in order to read and then the light was not sufficient for a long read. In those days it was “early to bed and early to rise.” It costs about 50 cents per day for the pint of kerosene used in a night. But if a person used this every night for a year, the pints add up to almost one barrel of oil. The move to more adequate solar systems is due to a completely different innovation. Safaricom is the largest, most profitable corporation in East Africa. In 2007, it introduced M-Pesa, which means “mobile money.” Anyone with even the simplest $20 cell phone could enroll in the program to send and receive money from anyone at a very reasonable cost — I just send someone $100 for a charge of 87 cents...