Azuri Duo Solar Home System
Solar home system available in Africa.
The Azuri Duo by Azuri Technologies is designed to provide a source of power for lighting and mobile phone charging using solar panels and a battery. Azuri’s service model allows customers to pay a $10 installation fee and then rent to own the system using mobile money or purchasing IndiGo scratchcards. If payments aren’t met, the unit powers off until the next payment is made. After paying off the entire system, users have the option of “unlocking” it for free, unlimited use, or upgrading to a larger model.
The 5 watt Azuri Duo was previously the 2.5 watt Indigo Duo.
Azuri Technologies is located in Cambridge, England with additional operations in Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Tanzania
A system of distributors, local entrepreneurs, service agents, and installers work to distribute and deploy the product.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Individuals, households and private sector businesses are the target consumers.
Mass produced in Malaysia.
Users can obtain the Azuri product from dealers in the target regions.
21,000 units deployed as of September 2013
Number and type of power outputs
Number and type of light points
Manufacturer-specified lumen-hours per solar day
Peak power rating of the solar panel in standardized sunlight conditions, provided by the manufacturer
Manufacturer-specified battery capacity
Manufacturer-specified battery voltage
Type of battery used
Can the user easily replace the battery if needed?
Can this system be monitored remotely?
Type of user payment structure
Does this system require mobile connectivity (either for payments or to function)?
This product includes 2 LED Lamps, USB connection for phone charging, and 5 W solar panel and inverter.
Warranty and technical support provided by local dealers, with technicians trained by Azuri.
Lifetime is unknown, but support and repair is covered through the product dealer for one year after purchase.
• Battery fully charged after 7 hours in full sunlight
• Phone charger compatible with 15 leading mobile phone brands
• Lamp intensity of 60 lumens
Lighting Global verified the following quality standards: Truth in Advertising: Accurate Labeling (e.g., rated run time, battery capacity, PV power), Lumen Maintenance: 101% of initial brightness maintained over 2000 hours of operation, Passed basic durability and quality checks.
Lighting Global (Schatz Energy Research Center, Arcata, CA, USA)
Be sure to follow proper electrical installation and control guidelines.
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Tested using: Quality Test Method in IEC 62257-9-5, Lighting Global Quality Standards. Passed factory certification ISO 9001
Azuri Technologies also sells the Quad, a 10 watt solar home system.
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