Updated on January 15, 2024

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Created on October 5, 2018

The 1kWp Pack

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Available in Uganda and Kenya and distributed by SolarNow, this solar home system consists of 4 solar panels, 4 batteries, a controller and an inverter.

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Product Description

Distributed by the Uganda-based company SolarNow, the 1 kWp Pack provides home lightning through an energy system composed of 4 solar panels (250 Wp/each), 4 batteries (200 Ah/each), a controller (50 A PWM, 24 V) and an inverter (1,6 kW, 24 V). The system can be upgraded depending on the users need by adding a solar panel, a battery and other solar products (radio torch, lightpack, TV, and more) and comes with a 5-years free service from the day of purchase.

SolarNow operation center is based in Kampala, Uganda, however, the 1kWp Pack along with SolarNow products can be purchased in Uganda and Kenya. This video illustrates the SolarNow mission in Uganda.

 

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies, NGOs

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

SolarNow.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include M-KOPA IV Solar Home System and Barefoot Connect 620.

Manufacturing/Building Method

SolarNow's products are designed in the Netherlands and developed and manufactured in China so as to have an affordable product without compromising on quality.  

Intellectural Property Type

Trademark

User Provision Model

Users can obtain it directly from the manufacturer by requesting the product, both in Uganda and Kenya.

Distributions to Date Status

There is no information about this specific product, however, according to SolarNow, they have over 25,000 clients in Uganda and Kenya with 1,500,000 Wp installed.  

Description of power outputs

N/A

Description of light points

N/A

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

N/A

Peak power rating (Wp)

1000 Wp

Battery capacity (kWh; mAh)

800 000 mAh

Nominal battery voltage (V)

Unknown

Battery type

Unknown

User replaceable battery (yes/no)

Unknown

Remote system diagnostics (yes/no)

Unknown

Payment structure

Pay-as-you-go or credit payplan period of up to 24 months

Mobile service required (yes/no)

Yes

Design Specifications

Design specifications include the polycrystalline silicon solar panel with 250 Wp/each (1 kWp in total), 4 batteries of 200 Ah each, a 50 A PWM 24V Controller and a 1.6 kW and 24 V inverter.  

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support is provided by the manufacturer.

Replacement Components

Unknown.

Lifecycle

All SolarNow's products have 5-years warranty, including the power station, the wiring, switches, charge controller and all installation materials, and except of electrical appliances (e.g inverter, radio, USB hub, lights, TV, etc.) that have a 1-year warranty. Solar panels have a 20-year lifecycle.  

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

SolarNow works for promoting solar energy solutions in East Africa, mainly in Ugandan and Kenyan regions lacking electricity. The organization aims to reach this market through flexible credit options.

Vetted Performance Status

Unknown.

Safety

Electrical installation and control guidelines provided by SolarNow must be followed to avoid electrical shocks.

Complementary Technical Systems

SolarNow provides a wide variety of solar solutions specifically for households, small business, farming and corporate solutions that can be upgraded to meet the energy needs in any case.

Academic Research and References

There is no academic research on this specific product, however, Chaurey, A. and Kandapal, T.C. give a review on solar home systems for rural electrification:

Chaurey, A., Kandapal, T.C., A techno-economic comparison of rural electrification based on solar home systems and PV microgridsEnergy PolicyVolume 38, Issue 6, Pages 3118-3129. June 2010.

SolarNow BV – Uganda | Kenya. n.d. www.solarnow.eu.

Contact Us. n.d. www.solarnow.eu.

About Us. n.d. www.solarnow.eu.

Compliance with regulations

All SolarNow products meet international quality standards.

Evaluation methods

Unknown

Other Information

All news about NowSolar on key advances and milestones can be seen here.

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