LAGAZEL Sobox solar-home-systems, manufactured in Burkina Faso by the French-African company LAGAZEL, now incorporate the PAYGO functionality in combination with the PaygOps software from Solaris Offgrid; a good opportunity for solar energy distributors in the Sahel region, who will by now be able to offer financial services to low-revenue rural populations.
PAYGO (for Pay-as-you-go) solar systems incorporate a digital technology that allows end-users to pay their solar systems as long as they use it. This business model has undergone a significant rise over the past few years. It makes it easier for low-income rural populations to access solar energy as the investment barrier is removed. By now on, LAGAZEL Sobox solar-home-systems are available with PAYGO technology from Solaris Offgrid. Combined with the PaygOps software from Solaris Offrid, LAGAZEL Sobox distributors can now manage the repayment of the product and associated services over several months/years, but also optimize their business processes and other after-sale services in order to be more efficient and profitable.
LAGAZEL Sobox solar-home-systems have been manufactured for one year at LAGAZEL facility in Burkina Faso. In the beginning, the French-African manufacturer offers two references: the Sobox light solar-home-system, with 3 bulblights and one portative lamp, can provide light for an off-grid house; and the Sobox power solar-home-system can also power 12V devices like an efficient fan and TV. This local manufacturing model not only offers benefits in terms oflocal job creation and local economic development, but it also enables the implementation of a proximity after-sales service that ensures optimal operation during the warranty period and beyond.
The first LAGAZEL Sobox solar-home-systems are currently being delivered in Mali and new orders are expected throughout the West-african region. For more information about such solutions, please contact LAGAZEL or PaygOps teams.
About Solaris Offgrid:
Solaris Offgrid supports distributors of essential services to build strong customer traction and greater relations with investors through flexible and inclusive Paygo solutions, designed for last-mile operations. Adopting a bottom up approach in the design of its solutions and creating synergies with a strong network of partners to solve last-mile challenges, the company has already deployed Paygo solutions in more than 30 countries through PaygOps, Solaris Offgrid in-house software solution built “In the Field, for the Field” and its product development services. Leading reference in the off-grid solar market, PaygOps is engineered to deliver modular and interoperable solutions to address off-grid energy access challenges and distribution complexity. For more information on PaygOps, please contact [email protected].
Lagazel is the first company manufacturing solar products in Africa at an industrial scale in order to bring a proximity solution to off-grid families. Since 2016, 65,000 solar lamps and solar-home-systems have been manufactured in Burkina Faso according to Lighting Global quality standards, and a second facility is currently being installed in Benin. www.lagazel.com