Selling Solar to Rural Africa is Emerging as a Hot Market

…ave bank accounts or full-time jobs. They decided to use it to create a pay-as-you-go financing system for solar panels, efficient lights and other appliances that piggy backed on the existing payment system, wireless networks and software. Customers pay for the solar system, which costs about $200, with a small up-front sum followed, usually, by daily micro-payments for a year. If the customer stops paying, M-Kopa can turn the solar system off re…

Greenlight Partners with Angaza to Launch PAYG Consumer Platform

…ou-Go Eco Easy Buy kits © Angaza DesignGreenlight Planet has launched a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) platform, the Sun King™ Eco Easy Buy, to enable low-income customers purchase its solar lamps in instalments over a period of 10 weeks. Greenlight Planet is using a mobile payments platform developed by Angaza Design to enable customers who cannot purchase solar lights upfront, pay a modest deposit of $2.75 towards the purchase price, and thereafter pay on…

In the News: In Kenya, A Solar Program Puts “Last-Mile” Consumers First

…usiness Opportunities Onyong’e launched her microbusiness using PAY-GO (Pay-As-You-Go,) a mobile-money platform that lets consumers pay for the products in small installments—making the product affordable to all income groups. PAY-GO allowed Onyong’e to take the items without capital, offer them for purchase to neighbors in her village, and receive payment after sales. After the training from Lighting Africa/Kenya, Onyonge added two new brands of…

Path to Profitability

…g blocks for sustained profitability. While profitability through economies-of-scale holds true in some business models, it may not for others, and can very well undermine the performance of the entire organization. In response to this growing concern, Lighting Global presents a different kind of approach to address the profitability challenge facing off-grid solar businesses, for both retail models and Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo). This new effort inclu…

We are hiring program managers (Pakistan / Afghanistan and Myanmar/Papua New Guinea)

…ion with clients at the company, sector and policy levels according to the approved Implementation Plan as well as all monitoring and reporting requirements for the program. For Lighting PNG, the focus will be to manage the implementation of the existing program with a potential of supporting and designing the strategy of a PAYGO (Pay as you go) interventions. For more information and to apply, please follow this link: https://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/…

As New Report Estimates the Off-Grid Solar Market has Provided Improved Energy Access to 360 Million People Globally, Sector Leaders Gather in Hong Kong to Chart the Future of the Industry

…d.light announces that following its successful launch last year of the pay-as-you-go X-series solar home system with TV, it will be rounding off its 10th-year celebrations with a new product range unveil at the Forum and Expo. Ned Tozun, d.light CEO and co-founder, adds: “Over our 10 year history, we have strived to push the boundaries of innovation and to challenge ourselves to never be satisfied with the status quo. The launch of these new prod…

BLOG | Kerosene for home lighting: A key Indicator to prioritize Districts for Clean Energy Initiatives in India

…eholds in India (https://www.censusindia.gov.in/2011census/hlo/Houselisting-housing-PCA.html). This data can help manufacturers and other clean energy stakeholders to plan sales, awareness campaigns, promotions, and marketing and scale up strategies using limited available resources. The data can help them decide which states/regions to prioritize. India is a large country, prioritizing geographies before rolling out operations can help optimize u…

Reuters | Solar keeps lights, phones on for rural Kenyans during pandemic blackouts

…akunga village, central Kenya, during the coronavirus pandemic. Wanja, a 48-year-old farm worker, said she had not made any money since the country’s lockdown started in March, but the solar photovoltaic (PV) unit she purchased in January means she no longer needs to buy kerosene for lamplight. And she can also help others in her area who are without electricity, either because of faults on power lines around the country due to heavy rains since M…

BLOG | How Lighting Asia/India empowers women through off-grid solar solutions (by Anjali Garg) – on IFC Medium

…riers to market growth by providing market intelligence, fostering business-to-business connections, strengthening distribution, and raising consumer awareness on quality-assured lighting products. Women and children are disproportionately affected by the toxic smoke from fuel-based lamps. Replacing them with solar products would reduce indoor pollution, help save money, and allow people to operate small enterprises with reliable, clean, and affor…