Once paid for, the customer retains the solar system permanently for their ongoing use. For Daw, the new Sun King solar power lamp eases her concerns.
“The light makes me feel safe. I am afraid of electricity because of electric shocks [before experienced by neighbours who used low quality solar products] but this (device) makes me feel safe”. -- Daw Hla Thein
Win Myint, a factory owner, also highlights the benefit of the Sun King solar system for his business. He no longer needs to travel every day to charge his battery to provide light for his employees.
"The solar system is very convenient for me, especially as the agent comes to collect payment. I can spend more time with my family and at my business now." - Win Myint
U Aung Nanig is a Sun King entrepreneur. He recently registered for Wave Money (another UNCDF SHIFT investment) to make mobile payments and earn commission from Greenlight Planet.
Due to the nature of work for many low-income individuals, alternatives to electricity are often either unaffordable or time-consuming to acquire. Greenlight Planet’s innovative business model and variety of products not only serves as a solution to both of those problems, but offers the added benefit of providing crucial sales skills to the agents it employs, thereby enriching the communities they serve. U Aung Nanig is an entrepreneur who now earns an income from selling the Greenlight system. He is now registered with Wave Money’s e-wallet (UNCDF’s SHIFT programme has also co-invested in financial innovations being undertaken by Wave Money) to make mobile payments and earn his commission from Greenlight Planet.
"This is the first time I have used this type of service [mobile wallet]. It is better than cash. If I have cash maybe I will spend all my money but now it is kept safe in my phone.” - U Aung Nanig, Greenlight Planet entrepreneur
Some households have expressed their uncertainty over payment plans. These questions show the need for product roll-out to integrate awareness on service options. UNCDF SHIFT will continue to work with Greenlight Planet to ensure clients understand their options and the benefits of using this service.
UNCDF’s CleanStart and Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) programmes jointly launched the Energy Access Challenge to build new markets and innovatively lower the affordability barrier for low-income consumers who want to pay for modern clean energy.