This solution provides solar power with the affordability and ease of pay-as-you-go cellphone credit, to deliver effective lighting and device charging for rural communities in developing countries.
Azuri’s entry-level PayGo solar home system provides eight hours of clean, smoke-free lighting each day and the opportunity to charge mobile phones at home. By combining mobile and solar technologies, the system allows payment through mobile phone credit or with scratch-cards. According to the company, the system helps customers cut their weekly energy expenses by 50% or more. Using the system, rural stall-holders are able to stay open later, enabling them to increase sales and boost emerging economies.
Customers can progressively upgrade to larger solar systems over time, to access more electricity and ultimately reach full home electrification. The company also offer a product range with low-power radios and televisions, that customers can choose to purchase with low monthly fees.
Why you should care
Globally, 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity, and are forced to use fossil fuels such as kerosene in simple lamps for basic lighting. These energy sources create indoor air pollution and are a high fire risk. In 2017, Azuri surpassed 100,000 sales of its PayGo system, and raised upwards of $16 million through various financing rounds. In a novel partnership with Raj Ushanga House, Azuri has also raised over 160,000 Euros through TRINE, a growing solar crowdfunding platform, to deploy 1,200 solar systems in Kenya.