d.light, a global solar kit maker and a former M-Kopa Solar supplier has launched a robust home solar system with a capacity to light their homes and charge their phones and watch digital TV and power some basic home appliances.
The solar X850, is a platform-based solar home system with a d.light 19” LED High Definition digital TV. A standard X850 bundle comes with 5 lights, radio, torch, battery and a panel. It is upgradable to 8 lights and TV, and in the future other 12V appliances that can be powered by its three 12V ports.
The d.light X-series is bundled with patented bulbs and the firm says is easy on the pocket (we don’t know how much is that) and cheaper than paying for kerosene daily. Customers can buy the basic home solar kit and then upgrade it without needing to buy an entirely new system.
Sam Goldman, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of d.light said d.light is also planning a major upgrade across its entire solar lantern products in the next few weeks, in line with its mission of moving its customers up the energy access ladder. We don’t know why d.light would be skeptical about solar home systems in the local market when it was the firm behind those gift pack solar systems M-Kopa Solar used to sell.
In future, pay-as-you-go home solar systems sold should be able to power more things than lighting just like their counterparts served by the grid.
d.light says it has impacted 75 million lives already and is well on track to surpassing its goal of empowering 100 million people by 2020. In Kenya, one out of three off-grid households owns a d.light solar product and the firm is perfecting the PayGo model to take on firms such as M-Kopa Solar among others.
“There are currently 2.3 billion people in the developing world living without reliable electricity and no one company can address the challenge alone. Thanks to our incredible business partners, investors and other key industry stakeholders such as the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association and the World Bank-IFC Lighting Global initiative, we are poised to bring millions of existing and new customers up the energy access ladder through our new products and solutions,” said d.light CEO and co-founder Ned Tozun.