Customers purchase solar energy from Angaza just like they purchase cell phone minutes from their telecom.
A customer first buys a compatible solar energy product, such as the Angaza SoLite3, for an up-front fee. Its integrated Angaza hardware tracks how much energy they consume. The customer buys their energy in advance. After that energy is used, output shuts off until they purchase additional energy.
The customer can use their cell phone to buy energy at any time, in any amount. They send a payment to Angaza using phone-based mobile money, such as M-PESA, and they receive an automatic call from the Angaza Energy Hub in response. They answer that call and hold their phone near their Angaza-compatible product. Angaza then uses the open audio channel to securely communicate the customer’s payment to their product. By using audio communication to leverage the customer’s existing phone hardware, Angaza can embed its technology in solar products at minimal additional cost.
The flagship members of the Angaza energy platform are the SoLite3 home system, which gives customers an unmatched high-quality energy source for lighting and cell phone charging, and the Angaza Energy Hub, which gives distribution partners an unprecedented tool for growing their businesses and engaging with their customers.
The SoLite3 Solar Home System
The SoLite3 solar home system is designed specifically for the off-grid world. It outputs bright, disperse LED light, effectively illuminating an entire room, and charges customer’s cell phones. Households can now purchase high-quality, reliable, and safe energy from their SoLite3, instead of low-quality lighting from kerosene, candles, and disposable batteries.
- Contents: LED light unit and detached PV panel
- Runtime: 8 hours on “normal”; 4 hours on “high”
- Power: 2 Watts
- Package Dimensions: 6.5” x 6.5” x 3”
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
Internal custom hardware for energy metering and secure communication link it to the Angaza Energy Hub.
The Angaza Energy Hub
The Angaza Energy Hub is the center of the Angaza technology ecosystem:
- it receives customer payments through different mobile money systems across multiple countries;
- it securely and automatically communicates with customers’ Angaza solar systems; and
- it provides a management, marketing, and analytics portal that empowers distribution partners both large and small.
Through the Energy Hub, Angaza brings the tools of large-scale, real-time data analysis to the global business of off-grid energy production.