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Elephant Energy: Rural Namibia benefits through Pay-as-you-go Solar

March 25, 2014

Greenlight Planet, in partnership with divi, Inc. and Elephant Energy, has released a PAYG Sun King Pro 2 that will enable customers to move beyond the entry-level lamp, while still leveraging innovative payment options. The divi-enabled Sun King Pro 2 has been introduced in Namibia via Elephant Energy’s distribution network and is currently being sold throughout the most rural regions of the country. Similar to the Eco Easy Buy, this new lamp is an entry point for customers to explore the benefits of renewable energy, while providing distributors with increased access to real-time sales and distribution data. The divi-enabled Sun King Pro 2 has the added advantage of being able to charge cell phones and other small devices – thus creating a potential income-stream for customers.

Developed in part through a grant from the US Agency for International Development’s Development Innovation Ventures program, the divi-enabled Sun King Pro 2 represents a unique approach to PAYG. In addition to offering app-based repayment tracking, Elephant Energy’s Sales Agents and Managers can use the divi app – and its accompanying cloud-based, online platform – to track inventory, monitor default rates, and control both stock and cash limits. Each time a payment is made, the Sales Agent “unlocks” the lamp for a certain amount of time. If the customer fails to make another payment, the lamp “locks” and becomes unusable until the next payment is processed. Once the customer makes a final payment, the lamp “unlocks” permanently and can continue to be used for years. The system can be configured to accept cash or mobile payments and aligns with the average weekly cost of kerosene/candles and cell phone charging in target communities. For more information, please contact Julia Alvarez at juliaalvarez@elephantenergy.org.