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As electricity access is one of the most pressing problems for businesses in Africa, a solar energy company – backed by Elon Musk's SolarCity – is expanding from providing solar kits for homes to offering clever solar power for small businesses. Off Grid Electric, which already has 100,000 customers in Rwanda and Tanzania, announced a new range of solar products aimed at rural entrepreneurs today at President Barack Obama's 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at Stanford University i…

New Solar Products To Boost Small Businesses In Africa

Forbes
As electricity access is one of the most pressing problems for businesses in Africa, a solar energy company – backed by Elon Musk's SolarCity – is exp…
‘As long as the sun rises, they can count on their lights working.’ In a nation of smart homes, Blue…

How solar tech could connect 1 billion people to electricity

The Daily Beast
‘As long as the sun rises, they can count on their lights working.’ In a nation of smart homes, Bluetooth, and remote-controlled drones, it’s almost i…
Sub- Saharan Africa is on the cusp of a tril­lion dol­lar tomor­row. Emerg­ing from a his­tory of li…

Think Outside the Grid: Africa’s Trillion Dollar Opportunity

DBL Partners
Sub- Saharan Africa is on the cusp of a tril­lion dol­lar tomor­row. Emerg­ing from a his­tory of lim­ited energy access, the region has the oppor­tu­…
Africa’s largest private equity firm has led a round of financing for Off Grid Electric to fuel the…

EDF, GE fuel Off Grid Electric’s Ghana push with US$55 million Series D financing

Energy Storage News
Africa’s largest private equity firm has led a round of financing for Off Grid Electric to fuel the microgrid provider’s expansion in the continent, w…
The investment is likely the largest pure venture equity round for a solar home system provider in e…

Off Grid Electric Secures $55 Million in Series D Financing

Greentech Media
The investment is likely the largest pure venture equity round for a solar home system provider in emerging markets. Off Grid Electric closed its Seri…
Predicting Payment Behavior in PAYGo: Machine Learning Can Power Customer Retention Jacob Winiecki Customer churn is a major headache for most companies and threatens to put the brakes on the red-hot growth of the pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar sector. With over 1 million units sold in the last 5 years and over 50,000 units installed each month, the PAYGo model makes solar affordable for end-users and provides sufficient margin for providers to scale last-mile distribution. However, for the model t…

Predicting Payment Behavior in PAYGo: Machine Learning Can Power Customer Retention

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Predicting Payment Behavior in PAYGo: Machine Learning Can Power Customer Retention Jacob Winiecki Customer churn is a major headache for most compani…
Walking through any city in the US, you may not notice the evidence of centuries of technological pr…

Leapfrogging tech is changing millions of lives. Here’s how

Singularity Hub
Walking through any city in the US, you may not notice the evidence of centuries of technological progress around you. From the power lines snaking ab…
Over 625 million people live without power in Sub-Saharan Africa. That’s nearly 70 percent of the co…

Harnessing the sun to help end energy poverty: Q&A with Off Grid Electric

Unreasonable
Over 625 million people live without power in Sub-Saharan Africa. That’s nearly 70 percent of the continent’s population. For those households with ac…
With 600-million people living in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity,  a new $36-milli…

36m challenge launched for off grid energy to power 20m homes in Africa

Forbes
With 600-million people living in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity,  a new $36-million initiative by USAID and President Barack Obama'…
We often report on enormous new solar power installations, facilities that generate megawatts of pow…

Off-Grid Electric has solarized 100,000 Africa households

Clean Technica
We often report on enormous new solar power installations, facilities that generate megawatts of power. But solar can also bring important benefits to…
Nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. In rural areas, the electrification rate is as low as 14.2 percent.  Those with access often face high prices for an inferior power supply or have to rely on an under-developed system that is not able to truly meet their needs. This presents a huge problem for local entrepreneurs who are working to grow their businesses in the region. In an effort to tackle this issue, Off-Grid Electric plans to expand beyond just servic…

Off-Grid Electric Will Power African Entrepreneurs With Solar

Triple Pundit
Nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. In rural areas, the electrification rate is as low as 14.2 percent.  Those…
The biggest obstacle to powering off-grid homes is infrastructure. The problem, specifically in spar…

This $6 a month solar energy plan could power a million homes in Africa by 2017

Business Insider
The biggest obstacle to powering off-grid homes is infrastructure. The problem, specifically in sparsely populated areas, is a lack of power lines. Wi…
Renewable energy is increasingly becoming the alternative source to address poor electricity support…

Nigeria can attain 24 hour power supply through renewable inclusion — ZOLA Electric boss

Renewable energy is increasingly becoming the alternative source to address poor electricity support in Nigeria. In this interview with Ediri Ejoh, Ch…
People talk about a flash of inspiration. But Xavier Helgesen's eureka moment came in the dark. A fe…

This $6-A-Month Plan Brings Solar Power To People Living Off The Grid

People talk about a flash of inspiration. But Xavier Helgesen's eureka moment came in the dark. A few years ago, the American entrepreneur was traveli…