M-KOPA III Solar Home System

M-KOPA Solar

A solar home system with integrated pay-as-you-go functionality.

Product description Brand name and product description

M-KOPA Solar provides a technology platform that combines embedded GSM + mobile payments to enable solar home system financing. The M-KOPA III is a combined solar home system with PAYG functionality and end-use appliances. Appliances include lights, a torch, radio, and USB ports for device use.

M-KOPA is located in Nairobi, Kenya with additional operations in Uganda and Tanzania.

By 2020, the product is discontinued. The M-KOPA III has been replaced by the M-KOPA IV.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

M-KOPA Solar distributes and implements the systems in a partnership with Safaricom.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

$35 USD down payment plus $0.50 USD /day for 1 year (available in local currencies). The total price after the down payment and daily payments is ~ $218 USD.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

M-KOPA III primary competitors include Simpa Networks, Zola Electric, Fenix International and Azuri Technologies.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Individuals, households and private sector businesses.

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