IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer II

IEEE Smart Village

SunBlazer II is a modular, easy-to-install, PV solar based community charging station.

Product description Brand name and product description

IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer II is a modular, solar photovoltaic (PV) community charge station for mobile devices, lights, and other electronics. The system includes 6 PV panels, four station batteries, and 80-100 Portable Battery Kits.

IEEE is an international engineering society for electrical and electronics engineers.


Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

IEEE Smart Village has programs underway in Cameroon, India, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"
Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Local entrepreneurs can apply for full funding of the implementation of a SunBlazer II in their community through IEEE Smart Village (starting in late 2015).

IEEE Smart Village is funded through three significant channels: IEEE Foundation and Societies, Corporate Donations, and Individual donations.

Use of the batteries amounts to about 6.50 USD per month for end users per battery pack.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Some direct competitors to this product include the SunZillaSolarTurtle, and SOLARKIOSK EHUB.

Some secondary competitors include other off-grid energy systems such as micro-hydro, wind turbines, biodigesters or diesel gen-sets.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 7 : Affordable and Clean Energy

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Communities that lack access to the electric grid.

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