New Energy Venture in Rwanda: the Virtual Grid
WakaWaka will enter the Rwandan solar market this fall to pilot a new pay-as-you-go energy service, the Virtual Grid. This news follows the recent visit to Rwanda by the Virtual Grid’s Managing Director, Raouf Saidi.
The relatively large pilot will test both the technology and uptake of this service by approaching 9000 households in three districts, and represents a total investment of $2.1 million USD.
The Virtual Grid combines prepaid technology with the WakaWaka Power: after a one-time deposit on the WakaWaka Power, weekly scratch cards are bought to activate the unit. The code on the scratch card, along with a unique code from the WakaWaka Power, is sent by text to a free local service number. A text is instantly returned containing an activation code for the unit. You can watch how this works in our animated video:
WakaWaka’s Virtual Grid will use prepaid technology to overcome the high upfront costs of solar-powered energy, similar to the payment system already proven by mobile phones. Weekly payments on kerosene and mobile phone charging are now invested in a safe, clean and affordable energy alternative.
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