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.
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Distributors / Implementing Organizations
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.
The Solectric 15 is mass produced by Orb Energy.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
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.
Distributions to Date Status
Description of power outputs
2 AC outlets and 1 USB
Description of light points
Total lighting service (lumen-hours per solar-day)
Peak power rating (Wp)
Battery capacity (kWh; mAh)
Nominal battery voltage (V)
Lithium Iron Phosphate
User replaceable battery (yes/no)
Remote system diagnostics (yes/no)
Mobile service required (yes/no)
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.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Designer specified performance targets include: portable and lightweight, adjustable brightness, durable battery life, and simple self-installation.
Vetted Performance Status
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.
Complementary Technical Systems
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.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
The Solectric 15 meets the Lighting Africa Recommended Performance Targets, including IEC 62257-9-5.