Africa Power, focussed on improving access to power for the poorest rural African households; together with its partners: Divi Power; Southampton University; Sincronicity Africa Power and Africa Power (Zambia) are developing an affordable, upgradeable Solar Home System (SHS) product line, for off-grid rural African households, and conducting field testing in Tanzania and/or  Zambia.

Access to power via zero deposit, upgradeable Solar Home Systems

Unlike other SHS in the local market, these low-cost systems require zero deposits and are fully upgradeable to include more appliances (and additional solar panels and battery capacity) once the basic system is paid off, enabling even the poorest households to climb the Energy Ladder over time. All systems are integrated with a portable PAYG key-fob, an innovation that manages payment and data collection, using Bluetooth technology for transmission in remote, low/no-connectivity areas.

The next step – access to power central to community economic development

With our research partners we will further conduct a feasibility analysis for developing higher-powered solar systems to allow the productive use of power for all sectors in an off-grid community, including businesses and community facilities such as schools and health clinics. The reduction of costs as well as our proven distribution model through our established local partners, will enable Africa Power to create scalable and viable power distribution services in Sub-Saharan Africa reaching over 100,000 off-grid households in 5 years.

An Energy Catalyst Round 4, Project with Innovate UK

The total cost of the project over 12 months is £300,000, co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, who are contributing £231,850. The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to accelerate innovation by providing investment and support at the time, in the way and at the scale innovators need it. It will help stimulate and support innovation by funding stages of innovation which will take projects from concept to commercial readiness with an objective of bringing the best ideas, processes, products and skills to the UK energy supply chain.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. For further information, visit

About Africa Power Ltd

AfricaPowerLtd is an independent power provider which designs, purchases, installs, maintains and operates off-grid power systems in rural, Sub Saharan Africa where there is limited access to the grid.

About Divi Power

Divi’s pay-to-own system of credit makes access to technology—such as solar lighting—easy. The divi custom payment system provides turn-key distribution and financing to our partners in the field working to bring solar lighting and other life-enriching products to rural off-grid communities around the world

About SERG, Southampton University

The Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) is part of the Energy and Climate Change Division (ECCD) within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. The Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) aims to promote and undertake fundamental and applied research related to the efficient use of energy.

About Sincro Sitewatch

Sincro Sitewatch (SSW) is a power maintenance company in Tanzania, working primarily for the cell phone industry, but which is expanding into rural off-grid power services. SSW is AfricaPowerLtd’s implementation partner in Tanzania.


AfricaPowerLtd is interested to connect with companies, and individuals

  • interested in the graduated family of Solar Home Systems
  • involved in the development of solar power packages to support the productive use of power in businesses and micro-enterprises in Africa or
  • who have viable products and solutions or
  • who have tested the productive use of power in a developmental context
  • whom are wholesaler and distribution partners who would like to purchase these units

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