Two award winning young Nigerian innovators, Femi Adeyemo, and Kunle Odebunmi, have broken fresh frontiers in the renewable energy sector through state of the art innovations that will enable more than 600million Nigerians and Africans that currently live and run businesses in off-grid and weak grid areas rent uninterrupted electricity and pay only for the energy consumed daily or monthly.
The revolutionary Pay-As-You Go reliable Solar Power System technology allow customers to buy recharge pin using RANA™ (Arnergy’s Mobile Electricity app) or via an agent in several rural communities without mobile network, RANA™ synchronizes with Arnergy’s cloud based server infrastructure to unlock the Solar Power System and supply electricity whenever the 12 digit pin is keyed into the solar kit.
Several Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises that have closed shop due to epileptic power supply and those contemplating to close down or struggling due to the recent hike in fuel pump price now have a new lease of life, ARNERGY 500, one of ARNERGY’s line of innovative solar rental product is the solution to ensuring Micro and small businesses enjoy uninterrupted, on-demand electricity to run their businesses sustainably. ARNERGY 500 powers lighting, television, standing fan, ceiling fan, laptop, printer, barbers clipper, satellite decoder to mention a few.
The rural poor and middle class Nigerians are now hedged against fuel pump price fluctuation since they now have no reason to depend on kerosene lantern or petrol generators to light their homes or run their businesses, they only need to sign up on Arnergy’s website to subscribe to daily or monthly solar rental packages, pick up the kits at several designated locations and one of ARNERGY’s SOLAR ANGEL (Solar Angels are the thousands of unemployed Nigeria youth trained by ARNERGY to become entrepreneur ‘s selling electricity recharge pin, maintain the system and provide customer supports) will ensure the system is properly set up and supply uninterrupted electricity.
The new technology takes into account low and uncertain income of people at the BoP (bottom of the social pyramid) and the middle class and their inability to purchase solar outrightly. ARNERGY believes by removing financial and institutional barriers to obtain solar energy, the flexible payment solution will enable several millions of Africans BoP people, micro and small businesses to gain access to clean and affordable energy.
The ARNERGY’s line of SOLAR RENTAL SYSTEMS presents potentials capable of transforming Nigeria’s electricity sector, given its extreme versatile application and ease of management. With great adaptation to the Nigerian situation, this innovation presents corollary industrial, agricultural and MSME developments through its unique features. A massive assembling plant is now being planned in Northern Nigeria to meet the expected surge in demand for the solar rental products.
AWARD WINNING BRILLIANCE:
In December 2015, the Solar Nigeria Programme an Initiative of the UK’s Government Department For International Development (DfID) implemented by Adam Smith International (ASI) awarded ARNERGY, a £100,000 (US$146,000) grant to expand operations in Northern Nigeria.
In July 2015 – the duo of Femi Adeyemo and Kunle Odebunmi emerged the final winners of the Bank of Industry’s Request for low-cost rural solar energy proposals, with their innovative and out of the box ideas for confronting the hydra-headed energy problems bedeviling the country. Presented as a series of flexible options for energy solutions, their efforts targeted rural communities that are off the national grid and sought to use abundant solar energy to provide power using state of the art durable and easily applicable technology that excelled where previous attempts had failed. Their presentations secured long-term financing for the installation of off-grid solar home systems in six (6) Nigerian communities with financing from BOI/UNDP programme that has seen 2000 people in Osun and Edo State enjoy uninterrupted electricity in the last seven months.
In a continuous and never ending quest to free Nigerians and Africans from the shackles of energy poverty, the award winning young innovators have advanced their business to the next level by developing the Wireless PLUG and PLAY ARNERGY System that works with or without internet/mobile network, the technology is the first to be developed by local Africans for African market! The strength of the ARNERGY’s team lies in the balance between innovation at the management level and cultural fluency and a unique commitment to customer service on the ground level.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
An easily mountable solar panel is fixed with about the same effort as is needed to unwrap a new TV set. The solar panel comes with its own integrated electronic control systems, with in-built sophisticated long lasting Lithium-ion battery and cloud-based software to manage all operations. Subscribers pay a token signup fee to have it installed by accredited Solar Angels (micro entrepreneurs) and managed as a permanent property of ARNERG who takes responsibility for ownership and maintenance for life! There by paying a paltry sum as low as 50 naira daily ($0.25/day), customers will receive their electricity token to unlock the solar kit that is totally independent of mobile network or internet broadband. When the token is punched into the solar kit, Voila! 24 hour uninterrupted electricity emerges.
The system has been designed to be installed by local agents without professional training – or even the customers themselves – with all necessary tools and LED bulbs and cables included.
100 million Nigerians live in rural areas with little or no network coverage and off the national grid. With ARNERGY Solar, electricity will be provided in these areas where similar efforts have failed because digital billing systems applied were mobile telephone network dependent, and hence ineffectual. There are also the potentials of massive job creation for teeming youth who would act as agents (SOLAR ANGELS) for the local assembling of the solar kits, installation, routine maintenance and sale of electricity tokens to the last-mile customers, as well as improved energy access for electric dependent MSMEs such as Tailoring, Computer Business Centres, agribusiness, barbing salon, Real Estate Agency Firm, Accounting Firm, Law Firm etc.
ARNERGY SOLAR RENTAL SYSTEMs are available in three (3) different sizes to match the varying electricity needs and payment abilities of different customer groups: ARNERGY 60, ARNERGY 300 and ARNERGY 500.The smallest unit can provides LED light bulbs for three rooms, a bundled radio, mobile phone charging, DC television and DC Fan per day. The largest system powers multiple lights (5 rooms), consumer appliances like Laptop/Tablet, Blender, AC/DC television, AC/DC fan, and unlimited mobile phone charging and for micro and small business appliances.
Service is tailored to user needs, with flexible payments, opportunity to change service level, and excellent support from customer care team and local agents.
In the future, ARNERGY aspires to reach millions of households in peri-urban, rural communities and MSMEs – stimulating economic and social development in Nigeria while simultaneously contributing to global environmental protection and playing our part in actualizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no 7 (SDG7):-Affordable and Clean Energy.