Lumos Solar Power is partnering with MTN to give you 24/7 electricity via your mobile phone

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Various solutions have been
proffered to tackle the problem of Nigeria’s epileptic electricity
supply. In recent times, public and private entities alike have started
to gravitate towards solar energy as the need for cleaner,
environment-friendly energy mounts. 

Earlier this year, the Y’ello Box officially launched as a collaboration between South Africa-based network provider MTN and Lumos, a company that plans to provide one million Nigerians with power by the end of 2017.

Lumos

Lumos
(LinkedIn)

Lumos’
solution to the Nigerian power conundrum is the Y’ello Box, a gadget
that harnesses solar energy to power small homes and businesses for a
Pay-As-You-Use fee, payable through an MTN mobile phone. 
According
to a statement from Lumos, the company already powers one hundred
thousand Nigerian homes. That is not a very large number considering
Nigeria’s population, but it does seem like a good start.
Lumos
also says it has committed $80 million to providing the Y’ello Box
solution to more Nigerians and half of that money has already been
invested in setting up the company’s operations (it currently employs
450 people) which includes the design and operation of the Y’ello Boxes.

Yuri Tsitrinbaum, CEO of the Lumos Mobile Electricity Service said: “People
don’t have access to the power they need. Fuel is very expensive and
other services are unreliable. The Y’ello Box saves customers money all
while providing better and more reliable electricity. As Nigeria
modernizes, our demand for power increases. It’s time we did more to
harness the power of the sun. That is why the Y’ello Box is changing so
many lives. It is affordable, it is reliable and paying by mobile phone
makes it easy
.” 
Lumos has not
giving specific details on pricing and other metrics through which its
solution can be deemed a mass market solution for Nigeria’s power
problem.

MTN

MTN
(Reuters)

The
company, alongside MTN, does seem to have the financial and technical
muscle to push its product into many households in Nigeria. Time will
tell if this will be what Nigeria needs or just another product that
will be limited by the technology of its time (solar power is yet to dethrone fossil fuels like petrol and diesel as a primary source of energy globally). 
What
do you think about the Y’ello Box? Would you get one? Is it the
solution we all need to get 24/7 power supply? Let us know in the
comments section below.

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