Target customer community
Solutions are expected to serve customers with the following characteristics and needs.
Tier 0-1 energy access
below $1.90 per day
Living in rural areas
Limited access to banking
<50% have bank accounts
Using feature phones
<40% have smartphones
Household uses include: single house lighting, phone charging, telecommunication, entertainment, air circulation, refrigeration, water pumping, home cooling, smart cooking, electric two- and three-wheeler charging, etc.
Community uses include: multiple home solutions for public lighting, water pumping & purification, education and health facilities, etc.
Productive uses include: agriculture processing, light manufacturing (sewing, pottery, weaving, carpentry), construction, food processing, commerce, new incoming opportunities, etc.
The competition has four tracks, arranged by type of model and type of solution. For more details, refer to the competition guide.
Commercially available Solutions
At least 1000 active end customers
Less than 1000 active end customers
End user owns the generation assets
Example solutions could include: solar home systems, pay-go systems
Example solutions could include: new household-level ideas that may interconnect
Centralized utility models
Company owns the generation assets and provides services to the end users
Example solutions could include: mini- and micro-grids
Example solutions could include: Top-down solutions with a system operator
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