MURS is an innovative business model and self-financing solar rural electrification solution consisting of a Solar Docking Station (SDS) made up of one solar panel rated at 130Wp mounted on a 2.5m high metallic pole, a 100Ah Sealed maintenance-free deep cycle battery, a 40A MPPT charge controller, a sine wave inverter, a wooden shelf, electrical accessory & outlets, 2 units of 90 LED Indiya lamps (for shop lighting) and 60 units of High lux rechargeable LED Lanterns (ReLLs) rented out to households (end-users) upon payment of a refundable deposit. The ReLL provides rural households with clean, safe and affordable bright light for up to 28 hours or 7 days (4 hours of lighting per day) on a single charge and power to charge cell phones and mini-radios.
How MURS works
Under a franchise arrangement, a village shop owner (preferably a woman) who has fulfilled the set criteria is appointed as a Village Energy Entrepreneur (VEE) to operate the MURS under the terms and conditions stated in the contract agreement. Upon the signing of the contract by parties, MURS is installed at the VEE's shop and he/she is trained on the technical and management aspects of the MURS to keep the business viable and operational on a 24/7 basis. Interested households may obtain ReLL after signing a Lantern Rental Contract with VEE and paying a refundable deposit Fcfa 2,500 (USD 5). Households are expected to pay a fee per charge of Fcfa 300 (USD 0.6). The approach mimics the way rural households purchase kerosene and pay for charging their phones on a regular, need and means basis. The collected fee over time covers the capital & operating cost of the entire system on a commercial basis. Given the profitable nature and short-term payback for shop-owners, it is a compelling business opportunity that brings significant socio-economic and environment benefits in off-grid communities.
We develop modular solar docking stations and employ an innovative business model that makes solar power affordable for over 10 million consumers who use toxic kerosene lamps for lighting and spend their disposal income to charge mobile phone. Solar solutions including HES LED lantern are great, but unaffordable for most. Our technology and business model allows consumers to rent our LED lantern and pay for ownership over time, making clean, safe and bright lighting as well as power for phone charging affordable and accessible.
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