Qotto creates and allocates stand-alone solar kits in Benin and Burkina Faso. This is more considerable in Africa for families in remote areas. The Qotto Light kit entails a panel, a battery sufficient to connect 4 lamps and USB ports that mobile phones can be charged. Qotto allows life to go on even with the absence of light. Reading, writing, counting, playing is possible even after darkness. There is a 10-year guarantee for solar panels. A 3-year guarantee is provided for LED lamps. However, there is assurance that these goods can last for the longest period even after the guarantee period.
The electricity supply in Africa is inconsistent. There are frequent times that the households in Africa lack energy supply. Qotto came up with autonomous kits which mainly depend on solar energy. Solar kits are connected thus enabling us to know the status immediately. The Qotto team installs the solar kits upon subscription. In case of any maintenance, the Qotto team arrives within no time. There is an assurance that despite how remote the area is the team arrives within 48 hours. The response team works from Monday to Saturday ensuring to resolve such issues.
The size of a Solar kit system is 50 Wp minimum to suit the clients’ needs. Majority of the basic needs such as lighting and mobile charging are met. Other wants such as radio and television are for those who have a credit rating that is sufficient.
Qotto storage solution for the first kits is lead. Lead supplies compensate for the chemistry of lead-acid batteries and have a simple maintenance solution. It does not require regular charging and discharging. Qotto plans to do study more on Lithium-ion or other chemicals in the future and the discounted prices of storing energy on batteries. Lithium-ion is much better as it offers a longer life span.
Qotto has impacted Africans in the following ways:
- Daily activities that earn income for numerous households can continue being done even at night. Sorting crops, sewing, working on crafts, cutting hair, and running a shop are among activities to be done at night.
- Accidents such as accidents and fires have been reduced as there are safe LED lights. The LED lights consume little and can last for 10 years.
- Children especially those in remote areas can study even after the sun sets early. Their future is now bright through this.
- Theft reduction as there is the provision of light in front of the door limits. Livestock and other tools are safe due to the lighting. Safety is assured for households who have their restrooms outside their houses in the compound.
There is a bright future for Africans as Qotto provides sufficient lighting.