UP sunlight modular lighting for off grid regions

Contract partner: Kairos - Institut für Wirkungsforschung & Entwicklung (ehemals: Kairos - Wirkungsforschung und Entwicklung Gmeinnützige GmbH)Country: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 49.720,00Project start: 01.07.2016End: 31.12.2016

Short Description:

Overall goal

Kairos developed a suitable system for rural electrification using local materials. Its key features are a high-end LED and a specifically designed electronic regulator. The latter provides a wide range of different electricity sources to operate a light. It can be modified further to suit the specific requirements of a particular context using locally sourced materials. The project’s aim is a) to expand the technology "sunlight" in Africa, b) implement a pilot in India to assess feasibility, and c) refine its business model to provide affordable lighting solutions to low-income people.

Expected results

15 technicians in India and Africa, and ten sales companies and dealers will benefit from the technology and increased sales orders, creating twelve new FTEs throughout the project. The introduction, training and maintenance of the "sunlight" technology for local partners provide 230 households and hence 700 people with affordable and clean lighting. Throughout the implementation, 700 modules will be distributed in three districts of India and in five districts in Africa. Kairos and the sunlight technology shall be investment ready by the end of the project duration.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Increasing access to affordable and high quality lighting is the primary benefit for the partner countries. The use of renewable energies for low-income households that do not require complex maintenance directly contribute to SDG 7. The mix with entrepreneurship support via training of technicians encourages female entrepreneurs to participate in the project.


The project consists of three components, in the framework of a global strategy:

1. Africa Market Expansion: Technicians in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan trained on the use of sunlight modules and 400 sunlight modules distributed for sale among trained technicians and dealers;

2. India Feasibility Study and Pilot: 10 technicians and 10 dealers trained and 300 modules distributed in the pilot phase;

3. Investment- Readiness: sunlight’s investment-readiness strengthened to pitch a finalized business model to 10 investors.


The project was submitted in the framework of the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015.

project number2522-23/2016
source of fundingOEZA
sector Energiegewinnung /erneuerbare Energiequellen
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 2, Poverty: 2, Trade: 2
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