Updated on January 11, 2024

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Created on August 27, 2015

ReadyPay 10W Home Starter Kit

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A solar home system with integrated mobile pay in Uganda.

Developed By
  1. Fenix International
Tested By
  • Fenix International
Content Partners
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Product Description

The 10W ReadyPay Home Starter Kit is a modified version of the Readyset Solar Home System with a built-in Pay-As-You-Go platform that allows users to pay-to-own their Solar Home System (SHS). It is 1 of 5 different ReadyPay Solar System kits available with payment plans in Uganda . The system integrates with any mobile money system and enables ReadyPay customers to make payments from a mobile phone and receive a secure code to unlock access to solar power until another payment is due while also helping users build their credit scores.

The 10W ReadyPay Home Starter Kit pricing plan includes the following options:

  • Deposit: 40,000 UGX (~$13.31 USD)
  • Daily: 1000 UGX (~$0.33 USD)
  • Weekly: 7,000 UGX (~$2.33 USD)
  • Monthly: 30,000 UGX (~9.98 USD)

Prices are based on an 18 months repayment period which will total to ~$179.64 USD. The initial deposit includes 7 free days of power and MTN Mobile Money fees for sending money apply.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Market Suggested Retail Price

$179.64

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Fenix International and MTN dealers in Uganda.

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

Mass produced

Intellectural Property Type

Patent

User Provision Model

Product can be purchased by contacting Fenix in Uganda

Distributions to Date Status

More than 25,000

Description of power outputs

2 CLA Ports and 2 USBs

Description of light points

3 LEDs

Total lighting service (lumen-hours per solar-day)

Unknown

Peak power rating (Wp)

10 – 75 Wp

Battery capacity (kWh; mAh)

40 Wh

Nominal battery voltage (V)

12 V

Battery type

Lithium Iron Phosphate

User replaceable battery (yes/no)

Yes

Remote system diagnostics (yes/no)

Unknown

Payment structure

Pay-as-you-go

Mobile service required (yes/no)

Yes

Design Specifications

The ReadyPay is integrated into the ReadySet solar charged battery kit. To operate the system customers pay a deposit and receive the ReadySet Solar Power System. They make payment installments via MTN Mobile Money to access power via a unique SMS code on their phone. The code is entered into the ReadyPay Solar Power System and unlock the power flow. After the customer completes their installment payments (usually after 18 months), they receive a code that permanently unlocks their ReadyPay Solar Power System. After that they can use it as much as needed for free. The battery kit itself can be charged by wall outlet, solar panel, or modified to be charged by a user's own power generating device. The basic kit comes with: • 3 Ultra bright LED lights • 2 Phone charging cables • One of two solar panels capable of producing 10 watts or 17watts. The system is capable of supporting daily use of up to: 3 lights for 4 hours and charging 2 phones. Additional solar panels can be purchased and added to the system in parallel to produce up to 75 watts with a total of 5 solar panels. The Fenix solar panels are designed for easy plugin to the battery system. The ReadySet is 8.9”L x 7.2”W x 3.7”H and weighs 2.2 lbs. The solar panel is 17”L x 11”W x 0.9”H and weighs 3.8 lbs. The battery stores 40 Wh of energy.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Fenix International provides customer care via telephone at 0800 202 933, through an online support center, and through user manuals (in English and Kiswahili).

Replacement Components

Solar panels are available separately. Other components are not available separately.

Lifecycle

Fenix products sold in the USA and Canada have a limited 6 month warranty. Products sold directly by Fenix outside the USA and Canada do not have a warranty. Products sold by independent retailers outside the USA and Canada may have warranties and should be contacted if products were purchased from them.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Customizable solar array (1-5 panels): Solar Array Voltage: 16-60V Solar Array Power: 5-75W (max 15W per panel). Solar Power Algorithm: Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT). AC-DC Electric Wall Adapter: Normal Power Brick Voltage: 16-19V Normal Charge Power: 20W Normal Charge Current: Charging is constant power, current will vary based on input voltage High Power Brick Voltage: 20-60V High Charge Power: 30W High Charge Current: Charging is constant power, current will vary based on input voltage Max Charge Power: 30W

Vetted Performance Status

Performance is vetted by the manufacturer.

Safety

No listed hazards

Complementary Technical Systems

Fenix Solar 15, 15W Panels, ReadySquid USB Phone Charging Kit.

Academic Research and References

Moreno, A., Bareisaite, A., 2015, Scaling up access to electricity: pay-as-you-go plans in off-grid energy services. Livewire, 24, pp. 1-8

Rush, S.C., Wheeler, J., Partridge, A., 2014, Emergency online schools as a means of providing schooling and crisis support after school closings due to catastrophic disasters. International Journal of Emergency Management, 10(3/4), pp. 241-258.

Rush, S.C., Wheeler, J., Partridge, A., 2014, A proposed template for an emergency online school professional training curriculum. Contemporary School Psychology, 18(2), pp. 143-156

Collings, S., 2011, Phone charging micro-businesses in Tanzania and Uganda, GVEP International

Compliance with regulations

Complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. The system has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B device according to Part 15 of the FCC rules. ICES-003B / NMB-003 B. Demonstrated EMC compliance.

Evaluation methods

Field trials and customer feedback

Other Information

None.

Comments from the Community

1 Comment

  1. Alex says:

    MyChild Card consists of a standard booklet which is given to a newborn’s family which assigns them a unique child ID. This acts as a paper version of the child’s health records. The outcome of each visit (vaccinations, check ups etc) are recorded here and a single card is torn off and kept by the health worker. Periodically the cards are collected and taken to be scanned and a central database is updated with the results.

    The benefits here are clear: data entry can be automated leaving skilled health workers with a lower administrative burden, large and unwieldy health records can be safely stored elsewhere.

    A few open questions are:

    How is the local clinic’s information updated? Without the paper records they are limited to the copy that the family looks after which could easily be lost. This could potentially be addressed if those that periodically fetch the new cards to be scanned can return with a (password protected or encrypted) copy of the records to update the offline database in the clinic.

    How secure are the cards? Since the child is referred to by a unique ID, no immediately identifying information need be recorded. However, since sensitive information e.g. HIV status is recorded, great care must be taken to avoid any possible reidentification risk of a child from anonymise information.

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