28 Dec '11, 3pm

Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power Brings Clean Electricity To Off-The-Grid India

Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power Brings Clean Electricity To Off-The-Grid India

Solar power as service programs are nothing new in the US, at all. Though certainly not available in every state, plenty of companies are in the business of installing and owning solar panels on your roof and you purchasing just the electricity they produce. TreeHugger has covered this countless times. But in rural India this is definitely a new idea, and Simpa Networks has a twist on the plan: Customers pay for their electricity up front, topping up their accounts using their mobile phones. Simpa Networks describes what they call a "Progressive Purchase" program: Our customers make a small initial down payment for a high-quality solar PV system and then pre-pay for the energy service, topping up their systems in small user-defined increments using a mobile phone. Each payment for energy also adds towards the final purchase price. Once fully paid, the system unlocks perman...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/pay-as-you-go-...

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