Solar home system available in Kenya and India.
Solectric 15 is a solar home system for powering lights and charging devices, developed by Orb Energy in Bangalore, India with additional operations in Kenya.
Orb energy has direct-run and franchised branches existing in 5 states in rural India: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.
Orb Energy operates through its network of branches across India. More than 100 direct-run and franchised branches exist in 5 states in rural India: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.
93 – 134 USD (Rs. 5,990 to Rs. 7,990)Converted on May 2020
Orb works with partnering banks to offer financing up to 5 years to make product more affordable for customers.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Customers in places without reliable access to electricity.
The Solectric 15 is mass produced by Orb Energy.
Sold in India through Orb’s channel partners, as well as through an extensive network of direct-run and franchise branches. Orb has over 100 branches in 5 states of India: Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
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 Solectric 30 is a solar home system that contains various components for lighting and charging devices. Components consist of two 5 W LED lights, a 5W Amorphous solar panel for power, and a 12.8 V 3 Ah lithium battery for storage. There is also a console unit and dimmer switches for controlling light output, and an electronic display for battery charge state. In addition, the product has a mobile charging adapter set, USB port, and an optional grid charger for additional input and output options.
Orb offers preventative maintenance visits during the first year of ownership to ensure the system is working optimally. Customers may also buy an annual maintenance contract of up to 4 years (5 years total of preventative maintenance available with the free 1 year preventative maintenance).
Can be obtained from Orb Energy network partners.
Free 1 year warranty, with optional additional warranty up to 4 years for purchase.Immediate after sales service to rectify a fault if need be. Orb will organize free preventative maintenance visits in the first year to ensure the system is working optimally. Annual maintenance contracts are also available at the time of purchase, the first year is free.
Designer specified performance targets include: portable and lightweight, adjustable brightness, durable battery life, and simple self-installation.
Lighting Global verified three quality standards. First truth in advertising, or accurate labeling (e.g., rated run time, battery capacity, PV power) was verified. Next lumen maintenance was verified; the Solectric 15 maintained 98% of initial brightness maintained over 2000 hours of operation. Finally, quality was verified; the Solectric 15 passed basic durability and quality checks.
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
Plug and Play accessories are available. An “upgrade kit” can scale a Solectric 15 (5 watt, 2 light system) to a Solectric 30 (10 watt, 4 light system). Where a grid is available, customers can purchase a grid charger.
The Solectric 15 meets the Lighting Africa Recommended Performance Targets, including IEC 62257-9-5.
Lighting Global evaluated Solectric 30 using the Lighting Global Quality Test Method (LG-QTM), full test method to verify comprehensive product performance. Evaluation elements: Truth in Advertising (Accurate Labeling e.g., rated run time, battery capacity, PV power), Lumen Maintenance (At least 70% of initial brightness maintained over 2000 hours of operation), Quality (basic durability and quality checks).
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