Updated on January 14, 2024


Created on June 3, 2014

Solectric 15

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Solar home system available in Kenya and India.

Developed By
  1. Orb Energy
Tested By
  • Lighting Global
  • Lighting Research Centre (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Content Partners


Product Description

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.


Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


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.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Bright Box 2.

Manufacturing/Building Method

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


Design Specifications

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.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

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).

Replacement Components

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

No academic references.

Contact Us to Find a Solar Supplier near You – Orb Energy. n.d. Orb Energy – a Leading Provider of Solar Energy Solutions in India | Rooftop Solar.

Previously Certified Products. n.d. VeraSol.

Lighting Global. 2018. Solar Home System Kit Quality Standards, Version 2.5. Lighting Global.

Solar Energy Press Release | News and Events | Orb Energy. n.d. Orb Energy – a Leading Provider of Solar Energy Solutions in India | Rooftop Solar.

Orb Energy Releases New Multi-Room Plug-And-Play System. Lighting Global. 2014. March 20, 2014.

IEC TS 62257-9-5:2018 | IEC Webstore. n.d. webstore.iec.ch.

MIT D-Lab. n.d. MIT D-Lab Solar Lighting Product Comparison – Full. www.shuraako.org. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT D-Lab.


Compliance with regulations

The Solectric 15 meets the Lighting Africa Recommended Performance Targets, including IEC 62257-9-5.

Evaluation methods

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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