Kingo is one of the leading distributed solar power companies in Latin America, currently operating in Guatemala and Colombia with 51,755 and 6,442 installed users, respectively. Kingo´s mission is to change the lives of off-the-grid (OTG), base-of-pyramid communities by bringing affordable solar power to their homes for light, connectivity and productivity, thereby contributing to socio-economic development and breaking the vicious circle of poverty.
Kingo installs solar energy kits in Off-the-Grid (“OTG”) homes for a minimum refundable deposit, making the service accessible to users as it avoids the upfront cost of solar technology or micro-finance loan payments. Kingo also commits to maintain and service the equipment thus provided. Kingo installs units with the expectation that users will maximize the usage of electric appliances, maintain a minimum level of usage and, in time, upgrade from basic products to products that increase their productivity like a TV, refrigerator, or small motor.
Customers prepay the electricity service as they purchase activation codes from a network of shopkeepers (approximately 60% are women), for the time they choose to access the electricity, with options from 1 day to 1 month, depending on their budget. Such a flexible power service offering, similar to mobile prepaid service, significantly reduces collection risk. Kingo provides trainings to their shopkeepers to expand their business and operations capabilities.
Kingo offers a flexible product portfolio that adjusts to a user´s budgets and needs. The most popular package, the “Kingo Light” kit at $ 8.8-10/month, has the capacity to provide 6 – 8 hours/day of power to 3 light bulbs and 1 USB port. Prior to Kingo, these OTG communities typically used more expensive power and light substitutes such as candles, kerosene and diesel. With Kingo, energy is generated and consumed in the same place (OTG users´ homes), so no “solar farms”, no grid distribution, and little energy storage are involved. Kingo designs the products, the orange box that contains a lithium battery and a smart energy system that converts the photovoltaic solar power generated by the roof panel to electricity for the functioning of the add-ons that are attached to it. The “Kingo” (orange box) has a number of keypad for users to key-in the 16-digit code they purchase from shopkeepers to unlock energy flow.
Kingo also possesses sophisticated proprietary software – “Ant” – which assists in operations by leveraging big data technology via the individual Kingos.
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