Lumeter PAYG Technology

Lumeter Networks

Product description Brand name and product description

The Lumeter PAYG Technology is a combination of hardware and customizable software back-end that can be embedded into a variety of products to create Pay-As-You-Go enabled systems.

For example, off-grid energy solutions may be adapted to include an electricity meter that allows end users, who lack access to electricity to buy time on a solar home system or other energy product. Meters have a payment mechanism similar to a pre-paid cell phone system, where customers can use their cell phone’s text message service (SMS) to buy electricity credit (i.e. Pay as You Go). The metered energy product will function until the purchased credits are depleted, and then the metering system will disable it until more credits have been purchased.

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

Wherever products intended for underserved communities are sold. This includes Pico Solar, Mini-Grid Meters, Solar Pumps and custom PAYG applications (ex agriculture products, electric bicycles, etc…) Primarily Lumeter is working with distributors across Africa and South Asia] to incorporate the meter into their SHS products.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Lumeter Networks is a B2B company and works directly with renewable energy providers and also provides the supporting cloud accounting software. Manufacturers and distributors of Solar Home Systems or Rent-to-Own and Pay-As-You-Go models implement the Lumeter to serve their customer base via a licensing agreement.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Negotiated with customers. Interview with representative

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

Angaza Embedded PAYG, M-Kopa Solar PAYG Systems

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

The most applicable goals are #7 clean and affordable energy and #10 reduced inequalities

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

Manufacturers and distributors of products for undeserved communities that are aiming to implement Rent-to-Own and Pay-As-You-Go models in order to serve primarily poor and mostly rural, families who lack access to essential infrastructure such as electricity and either savings or easy access to credit.

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