A renewable energy solutions company, Bboxx, has launched a new product as part of its offering 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, the company stated in a media release.

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 product. Credit Bboxx

According to the media release, the product is a high-performance energy solution, designed for great customer experience at a low lifetime cost.

“The affordable product comes with a 20W solar panel and daily usage of up to 51-watt-hours. The new lithium battery technology has higher energy density with the capability to store more energy. It is optimised to last longer, increasing the service life up to six years,” states Bboxx.

The product is said to have an interactive screen enabling customers to communicate seamlessly with the company’s support services team.

The solar energy product 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, says the company.

Bridging energy gap with solar energy

Bboxx noted that this product will help to sustainably reach a wider segment of the global market, where demand for essential energy has been strong throughout the global pandemic.

The company says its Solar Home Systems have supported over 87,000 people to undertake more economic activities, positively impacted over 337,000 school-aged children, and off-set more than 460,000 metric tons of CO2e.

Commenting on the launch of the product, Christopher Baker-Brian, co-founder and MD of the product division, said: “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, Baker-Brian added.

He continued: “As we continue to transform lives and unlock potential through access to energy, our technology will make an important contribution in the green economic recovery as we seek to build back better and help meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”