Conergy offers the opportunity to investors such as governments, help programs and utility providers to enter the solar power market by means of the PowerCan, a mobile solar home system. The PowerCan is a simple to use and reliable system that provides electricity to people living in remote rural areas that are not connected to grid electricity.
The integrated pre-payment billing system is based on the technology of telephone cards. Before the customers can utilize the solar energy they have to acquire prepaid cards at local vendors. Therefore the user of the solar electricity contributes automatically to the payment of the PowerCan investment and maintenance costs. This process ensures a continuous and fast flow of money back to the investor.
Short-term Refinancing The investor will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the solar home systems as well as for the establishment of a sales and distribution channel for the pre-payment cards. Local dealers will offer the prepaid cards at different credit levels. This prepayment system allows an easy and secure flow of money for the investor.
Detailed User Profiles The PowerCan database offers detailed analyses of the electricity consumption behavior of the users. Therefore user profiles can be easily drawn and service intervals economically scheduled. The database also facilitates future sales forecasts.
Professional Consulting Our experienced employees will support solar home system operators in setting up business plans, developing financing models as well as setting up and training the distribution channel.
Successful Implementation in Namibia Currently only 12 percent of rural households in Namibia have access to grid electricity. In order to offer basic electricity services to the rural population the Namibian government works in collaboration with Premier Electric (PE). Conergy supplies the PowerCan, its prepayment solar system, which provides electricity to the most desert areas of Namibia. More than a hundred of households have benefited from the pilot project launched in the Ovitoto communal area in July 2002.
The PowerCan refers to a fee-for-service model. Fee-for-service is about paying for service provided. In this case the customers that have entered into contract with PE, will have to buy the prepayment cards from the office of the Counselor of Ovitoto for them to be able to utilize the systems installed in their houses. This investment has numerous benefits as it results in substantial improvements on the quality of life in rural areas. The provision of electricity to rural areas also creates incentives for economic development. Lastly the PowerCan contributes to preservation of Namibia's fragile environment, which is being gradually degraded daily through wood collection. – less – More from ZoomInfo »