Bboxx launches bPower20, aims to make solar energy more accessible in Africa 

Designed for customers who are at the beginning of the energy ladder, the new bPower20 has been created to power rural households and micro-businesses.

Bboxx, a next-generation utility that manufactures, distributes, and finances decentralized solar powered systems in developing countries, has launched the bPower20 product, to make solar energy more accessible at scale.

Designed for customers who are at the beginning of the energy ladder, the new bPower20 product has been created to power rural households and micro-businesses.

Bboxx identified a gap in the market to better serve the significant proportion of the population in the developing world with lower energy requirements, but who still demand a superior customer experience and the provision of reliable, high-quality electricity.

The product comes with a 20W solar panel and daily usage of up to 51 Wh.

The product will be rolled out initially in key markets: Rwanda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo, with further markets lined up for 2021.

bPower20 prototype. Photo: Bboxx

The bPower20 is a high-performance energy solution, claims Bboxx, designed for great customer experience at a low lifetime cost. The product comes with a 20W solar panel and daily usage of up to 51 Wh (watt hours).

The new lithium battery technology used in bPower20 has a higher energy density with the capability to store more energy. It is optimized to last longer–increasing the service life for up to six years.

It has an interactive screen enabling customers to communicate seamlessly with Bboxx’s teams through Bboxx Pulse® – Bboxx’s management platform. Leveraging IoT (Internet of Things) technology, this ensures efficient remote management and monitoring of globally distributed Solar Home Systems (SHSs).

The bPower20 is available on a pay-as-you-go basis via mobile money. The launch also showcases new eco-friendly packaging, made from recycled paper and widely recyclable.

“At Bboxx we have always been driven by our mission to end energy poverty globally. Using a decade of experience and learning, we have now developed an even more affordable, reliable, sustainable, and higher-performing product. The launch of the bPower20 will play a vital role in helping to achieve this mission by improving the lives of millions of customers in the future,” says Christopher Baker-Brian, Co-Founder and MD of Product Division at Bboxx.