Country: IndiaFocus: LightingPartner: D.LightStatus: Handed to PartnerYear: 2009


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Partner: D.Light

Embedded Pay-As-You-Go technology that makes high-quality solar energy solutions immediately affordable to rural, off-grid consumers



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Product Area: Off-grid energy access and financing technology

Big Idea: A Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) technology platform that makes high-quality solar energy products affordable to off-grid consumers in emerging markets

Project Launched: Started in 2009 Extreme class; company launched June 2010

Current Status:

  • PAYG solar products powered by Angaza are being sold in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, India and Pakistan, with plans for near-term global expansion
  • Business-to-business licensing model allows Angaza-powered products to cover a spectrum of clean energy products that includes entry-level solar lamps, full solar home systems, solar water pumps, and fan-powered clean cookstoves
  • Core product development is based in San Francisco, and field operations and sales in Nairobi, Kenya

The Team:

Management: Lesley Silverthorn Marincola, Victoria Arch, and Bryan Silverthorn


Angaza removes the upfront price barrier of clean energy products, like solar home systems, by enabling off-grid customers in emerging markets to pre-pay for energy in affordable amounts spread over time. Through our B2B technology licensing model, Angaza provides embedded data transfer technologies and a cloud-based analytics software platform that allows manufacturers and distributors to finance clean energy products with a Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) pricing model. Additionally, Angaza leverages usage and diagnostic data collected from every PAYG unit sold to lower after-sales support costs and present customer credit risk ratings.

We partner with a number of manufacturing customers who actively license Angaza’s PAYG technology, including Greenlight Planet, a leader in off-grid solar who has sold >3 Million products to date. We work with solar products that range in size from 1/2-watt solar study lights to 150+ watt solar home systems, as well as electronic clean cookstoves and solar water pumps. Our partners currently sell in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, India, and Pakistan.


Twitter: @angazadesign