PublicationBusiness model innovation: Solar home systems for off-grid communities

The Inclusive Innovation Business Model series showcases the innovative and inclusive solutions that social enterprises have developed to tackle tough development challenges, particularly in service delivery to the poor. Each business model is based on the experiences of several social enterprises from across the globe that have developed similar approaches and strategies to delivery services to the poor or to improve their livelihoods.

The inclusive innovation business model series has been published on the World Bank Group's Innovation Policy Platform.

Bringing Solar Home Systems to Off-Grid Communities

  • The wide range of solar products and prices increases uptake.
  • Innovative financing options—including pay-as-you-go and rent-to-own models—increase affordability.
  • Use of the solar home systems increases evening study hours, reduces fuel collection time, improves health, increases security, gives people more time for socializing and entertainment, and increases savings.
  • The systems create jobs and increase the incomes of the people who sell, install, and service them.

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