Powerhive develops scalable, bankable off-grid utility solutions to provides access to clean energy and the opportunities that come with it.

Product description Brand name and product description

Powerhive’s goal is to be an affordable and reliable micro-grid electricity provider. Their platform combines three components to provide reliable electricity in remote areas:

  • Asali – Smart meter
  • Honeycomb – SaaS cloud solution for grid management
  • Swarm –  Site selection application.

Powerhive was granted permission to operate as a private utility in 2015 by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya. 1  This allows them to sell electricity from their micro-grids to the public.

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

Africa and Asia

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

– Powerhive

– First Solar

– Caterpillar

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

Powerhive has a pay as you go model with a connection fee of about $25-30 USD. Customers can pre-pay using Airtel Money or M-PESA. The service costs roughly $0.75 USD a kWh. 1

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.
SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal #7: Clean and affordable energy, Goal #10: Reduced inequalities

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

Communities and businesses in remote areas that are not served by grid electricity.

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