M-KOPA IV Solar Home System
M-KOPA Solar provides a technology platform that combines embedded GSM + mobile payments to enable solar home system financing. The M-KOPA IV is a combined solar home system with PAYG functionality and end use appliances. Appliances include lights, a torch, radio and USB ports for device use.
M-KOPA is located in Nairobi, Kenya with additional operations in Uganda and Tanzania.
M-KOPA Solar distributes and implements the systems in a partnership with Safaricom.
$35 USD down payment plus $0.50 USD/day for 1 year (available in local currencies). The total price after the down payment and daily payments is ~ $218 USD.
Individuals, households and private sector businesses in East Africa are the target users of the M-KOPA products.
Patent Protected. The patent covers the PAYG functionality and mobile payment capability of M-KOPA systems.
Users can obtain the product from M-KOPA retail locations. M-KOPA relies on direct sales representatives, or agents of each retail location to manage sales. There are over 100 retail locations across the three M-KOPA target markets (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania)
As of July 2016, 375,000 M-KOPA SHS units have been distributed. Of those units, roughly 75,000 are M-Kopa IV, 150,000 M-Kopa III and the remainder are the previous M-KOPA models. interview with representative
Mobile money (specify), cable, keypad or other.
Service required for the product to work [Mobile data, SMS, voice, Internet, other]
Remote diagnostics or monitoring available
– 8 watt solar panel
– 2 LED bulbs with cables and switches
– 1 LED portable and rechargeable torch
– Phone charging UBS with 5 standard connections
– 1 rechargeable radio
Contact M-KOPA. If technical questions are within the warranty period, M-KOPA will cover the repair costs. Outside of the warranty, M-KOPA can repair the system at a prescribed cost.
Customers can purchase system components individually to replace parts of their original system or to upgrade their system.
5 years with a 24 month warranty on the solar panel, control unit and light points and 12 month for torch, radio and charging cables interview with representative.
Payback rate of 95% interview with representative
Lighting Global vetted performance is in progress as of July 2016.
Lighting Global testing and certification has been completed for the M-KOPA III and as of July 2016 is in progress for the M-KOPA IV.
Be sure to follow proper electrical installation and control guidelines.
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As of July 2016, Lighting Global certification is pending for the M-KOPA IV.
Payback rate and use patterns beyond the 1 year repayment period.
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