Microgrids, Off-Grid, Solar

BBOXX, DC Go Form Partnership for Pay-Go Solar in Southern Africa

Two off-grid solar providers are teaming up to deliver energy services to the estimated 4.6 million people without access to reliable electricity in Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.

U.K.-based solar services provider BBOXX this week said it will partner with South Africa-based DC Go. 

“Our vision is to harness the power of pioneering data and technology to generate sustainable economic development by providing the on-grid experience to communities that are in an off-grid setting,” Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and co-founder of BBOXX, said in a statement.

The companies will focus on rural and urban environments, particularly informal settlements, where people resort to dangerous connections to the established grid to power their homes. 

BBOXX will provide its solar home systems and cloud-based platform Pulse to DC Go, which will distribute and sell products via a pay-as-you-go model to customers. 

“The Government of South Africa has acknowledged the role that off-grid systems can play in achieving its target of ensuring that all formal households have access to electricity by 2025,” Greg Midlane, managing director and co-founder of DC Go, said. “This recognition of the value of microgrid and solar home systems is hugely encouraging and reinforces our view that this is the most viable solution for underserviced households in both rural and urban areas.”

Lead image credit: DC Go