Amped Innovation PBC
WOWsolar 100 is a solar home system with an integrated Pay-As-You-Go functionality.
WOWsolar 100 is a solar home system designed by Amped Innovation with an integrated pay as you go functionality. This product provides home lighting through an energy system composed of a solar panel, a lithium battery and lumen lamps. Users can upgrade their system by adding solar panels and battery packs to climb the energy ladder. This system is part of Amped Innovation’s WOWsolar Family product which is a verified product of the Lighting Global Quality Standards.
East Africa, West Africa and India.
WOWsolar 100 does not have a retail price, the system has a Pay-As-You-Go business model.
WOWsolar 100 competes with other pay-as-you-go solar home systems, such as Mobisol and M-KOPA IV. Since Amped Innovation’s WOWsolar Family product is verified by Lightning Global, it competes with any of their verified PAYG solar home systems. Full list available via Lightning Global‘s verified products.
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Low-income families living under $4 per day.
The system is mass produced. Each part of the system is manufactured individually.
The main component which contains the software-enabled Pay-As-You-Go interface has a housing that consists of two injection molded parts. At the bottom inside the housing all the internal components are loaded and secured from the back. Additionally, the main housing provides features to allow access to external connectors and to support the internal components. For the status LED’s, a custom light pipe is manufactured.
Both the housing of the main component and the housing of the external lights lens use high gloss surfaces. This external lights create a diffused light through a domed lens which is attached to its top housing with two screws and four pins.
Users can obtain the product from Amped Innovation.
Amped Innovation completed initial field trials of their WOWsolar Family product in the summer of 2016 with distribution partners in East and West Africa. As a result the company secured Memorandums of Understanding for 170,000 units in 2017.
Amped Innovation has been tasked to deliver over 1.6 million solar power centers during the next five years through partnerships with NGO’s and social ventures serving smallholder farmers.
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)?
- 1 – 10W Solar Panel
- 1 – 20Wh Lithium Battery
- 1 – Radio
- 3 – 140 lumens Lamps
Support provided by manufacturer.
Solar panels can be replaced separately.
The complete lifecycle is unknown, but the product has a two year warranty on the kit and its components.
- Daytime Power: 3 full phone charges and 8 hours of radio functionality.
- Nighttime Power: 15h of 50 lumens per lamp or 6h of 140 lumens per lamp.
Lightning Global verified the following quality standards categories:
- Truth in advertising.
- Lumen maintenance.
- Battery composition, protection and durability.
- Physical ingress protection.
- Water ingress protection.
- Soldering and electronics workmanship.
- Mechanical durability.
- Minimum warranty terms.
- Performance reporting.
Lighting Global (Shenzhen Academy of Metrology and Quality Inspection).
If pressure is applied on the photovoltaic panel by sitting or stepping on it, the device might break and cause bodily injury or electrical shock.
Precaution must be taken regarding electrical contacts or wiring, the person handling them must use adequate safety gear.
To avoid electrical shock, the photovoltaic panel must be earth grounded.
A minor risk of burns exists due to the heating of the photovoltaic panel’s surface by the sun.
Additional solar panels and battery packs may be connected to the system.
Complies with IEC 62257-9-5 and holds ISO 9001:2008 factory certification.
Lighting Global cites Quality Test Method (QTM) in IEC 62257-9-5 and the Lighting Global Quality Assurance Protocol for Solar Home Systems as evaluation criteria for the WOWsolar Family products.
WOWsolar 100 is part of Amped Innovation’s WOWsolar Family product. Other products such as the WOWsolar 60 are available and can be upgraded with the addition of solar panels and battery packs.
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