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is a leading renewable energy and water solutions provider in East Africa. We offer a best in class combination of products, integration,

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Youlight is the market leader in ‘pay-as-you-go’ energy services for off-grid customers – combining mobile payments with GSM sensor technology to enable the leasing of solar power systems. Since its launch in October 2016,Youlight has connected more than 100,000 homes in East Africa to solar power and is adding over 100 new homes each day.
Youlight customers buy a solar home system with an initial deposit of $35, followed by 365 daily payments of 43 cents – which is cheaper than their daily spend on kerosene. After completing the payment package, customers own the system outright.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Youlig has connected more than 100,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to solar power, with over 100 new homes being added every day. Each 8W battery powered system comes with three lights, mobile phone-charging and a solar powered radio. Customers can now opt for a 20W system with digital TV. In April 2015, Youligh launched its own upgrades service for productive assets including water tanks, energy-efficient cooking stoves and smart phones. In the two years since launch, it has sold over 150,000 upgrade products. Youlight has established a separate business unit Youlight Labs to conduct research and development of additional products and services that run on its power and finance platform. It currently has research projects underway with several strategic partners and is looking at new products and market extensions across a range of sectors. Youlig customers now enjoy over 62.5 million hours of kerosene-free lighting per month and they will save over 600,000 tonnes of CO2 over

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Youlight makes high quality solar affordable for everyone. By offering the mobile installment method of paying for solar energy, the company has pioneered a better way to supply safe power to millions of off-grid homes.
Youlight Solar sells solar home systems on an affordable mobile money payment plan, with an initial $35 deposit, followed by 365 payments of 45 cents. After completing the payment package, customers own a world-class solar home system, with multiple lights, phone charging and a radio.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Youlight sells solar home systems on an affordable mobile money payment plan, with an initial $35 deposit, followed by 365 payments of 45 cents. After completing the payment package, customers own a world-class solar home system, with multiple lights, phone charging and a radio.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

We visiting an old lady in rural Uganda and witnessing the energy poverty situation she and every rural household has to go through on a daily basis. We just couldn't stand and watch this happen.
We are committed to seeing our rural communities flourish using sustainable, renewable, solar energy.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

We help our customers understand the various energy options that are available, identify the options that will provide the type and volume of energy they require, and then help them secure that energy at the most cost-effective price possible. This often means spending some time with our customer to assess his or her needs, then presenting a design based on most reliable and cost effective options.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Because we believe in a sustainable future, for us and our children, We have dedicated our mission to helping rural communities in Uganda overcome the financial barriers of adopting solar energy. We provide flexible payment using a lease-to-own or simply a lease program.
Our vision is to see our country adopt renewable energy sources as a main driver. We believe in Solar Energy , join us and start making your own free electricity.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Uganda is facing energy challenges. This makes farming, livestock and fisheries a very expensive venture. There is huge losses due to lack of cold chains to store and transport perishable commodities. We have custom made solar based cold chain solutions for vaccines, milk, meat, fish, vegetables and fruits. Our systems range from very small to large scale solutions.

Geographic Focus

we are targeting East African Countries including Uganda,Kenya,Tanzania among others.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

six [6] to nine [9] months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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