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Off-grid solar home solution  New!

07 Mar 2023

ZOLA Electric’s new technology solution, FLEX MAX elegantly serves customers living at the convergence of off-grid and on-grid. FLEX MAX serves homeowners looking to power AC appliances such as refrigeration alongside lights, connectivity, TV, and businesses looking to power productive use products. It fits seamlessly in ZOLA’s network of hardware solutions and, is installed, commissioned, optimized, and managed through Vision, ZOLA’s network management software platform. FLEX MAX aims to deliver community-level electrification to the 3 billion people living without affordable, reliable energy. In addition to lighting, a TV, and fan, FLEX MAX’s increased capacity can power high efficiency AC and DC refrigerators in residential settings, and extends its application from domestic to offices and hospitals. FLEX MAX provides electrical infrastructure in a box for customers with no existing connection or those with a weak, unreliable grid connection and not much roof space.  Able to charge from both solar and the grid, FLEX MAX allows ZOLA to serve both rural communities and the peri-urban market. The core value of FLEX MAX is its large, modular battery and flexibility to leverage both high-efficiency appliances that come with AC as well as infrastructure’s DC systems, so more customers can use existing appliances while benefiting from the versatility of ZOLA’s DC ecosystem. A key additional feature of FLEX MAX is the integration of new revenue models that will improve the capacity of ZOLA’s distributor partners to offer financing solutions to their customers. The incorporation of new hardware and software features facilitate new financing mechanisms, such as pay-as-you-go models that support remote control of customer networks and allow the system to be locked in the case of non-payment. Crucially, this addresses the lack of traditional energy financing mechanisms in the developing world, combatting the affordability issue for end-users, while also supporting distribution partners.  

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Volume: 2023 March/April