M-KOPA IV Solar Home System
Solar home system available in East Africa.
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.
Kenya, 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 around 218 USD.
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
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
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)?
The system includes:
– 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.
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.
Video showcasing M-Kopa distribution system and customer support.
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