Rwanda in partnership with a UK-based solar-power venture company has launched its 2020 solar-powered off-grid home concept in Rwanda. The Rural Home has a 50 W photovoltaic panel mounted on the roof and can be bought on a three-year payment plan.
The home was created by using sustainable building materials and design.The design caters for clean, affordable, reliable energy and is part of a pay-as-you-go solar energy system designed for households and micro businesses.
The design also includes additional services, such as affordable Internet services with Internet-enabled devices, liquid petroleum gas stoves and canisters, as well as biogas, which are also available on a pay-as-you-go basis.
The rural home design is part of Rwanda’s vision on how new technologies can address needs, transform the lives of off-grid communities and power growth in rural communities.
“Tomorrow’s Rural Home captures the aspiration of off-grid communities who want affordable utilities to improve their quality of life,” says Mansoor Hamayun, CEO of UK-based solar-power company, Bboxx.
Additionally, a cloud-based task management platform helps distributed-service companies, including Bboxx, to manage customer service, predict when product maintenance will be required before faults occur and assist customers with upgrades as their needs grow or change.
“Each unit connects remotely to our central database to support automatic switch-off, predict repairs and assist
Upgrades,” Hamayun explains.
“The rural home reflects our strategy to broaden from being a provider of solar home systems to a multi-utility company, transforming the lives of underserved households in the developing world. Our vision is to deliver a range of utility services.”