Logistics spending in Africa by manufacturers and retailers will have increased from $128.5B in 2012 to $157.3 billion in 2016. The African clean energy access market is valued at $12 billion with an estimated 621 million individuals in sub-Saharan Africa lighting their homes at night using kerosene lamps. Our business model recognizes that extending the electricity grid to remote areas in Africa is fraught with problems. It is expensive, transport costs are high, and accessibility is difficult. In sub-Saharan Africa, grid-extension costs $23,000 per kilometer. OneLamp provides a lastmile same day on-demand delivery service for clean energy at the bottom of the pyramid. We enable households order solar lights by SMS, pay with mobile money and enjoy door to door delivery using an existing transport infrastructure.

There are over 400 million cell phone users in Africa without light. The World Bank light Africa report estimates that up to 11% of household income is spent on charging phones. These households face recurring expenses on energy costs ranging between 50 - 65% of their monthly expenditures.  Currently, dozens of solar companies specialize in the manufacture of solar lights, but rely on existing limited distribution networks to reach potential off grid customers on the African market. A majority of the population in developing African economies live in rural areas often accessible only by poor quality road infrastructure. 

The delivery and the usage of solar lights in off grid homes translates to a reduction of greenhouse gases that cause climate change and its impact on the off grid livelihood of communities. According to UNEP a full transition to energy efficient off-grid lighting by Uganda would result in 823.3 million USD annual savings, 1.7 million tons of CO2 emissions reduction annually, 6.5 million households with better quality light and a reduction or elimination of fuel-related health issues, fire hazards and toxic fumes. Over the next 12 months, OneLamp intends to deliver over 10,000 solar lights to off-grid rural households in Uganda directly impacting over 50,000 people. We hope to save low income households approximately $1m that could have gone to kerosene expenditures.

OneLamp relies on SMS & USSD technology available on every GSM enabled mobile phone to reach directly potential off-grid households scattered in rural villages and in urban slums without internet access to eliminate energy poverty.  To access our same day ondemand delivery service no app or registration is needed, a customer dials a short code – f or instance *260# - and then presses the call button. The application will respond with a menu: 1. Buy solar lights, 2. Solarhelp 3. Solar feedback. OneLamp dispatches ordered modern clean energy systems using participating taxi motorcycles from regional customer service centers after debiting customers’ mtn or airtel mobile money account instantly.

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Organization: Onelamp
Contact: Derrick Hosea Opio
Operating in: Uganda



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