• Bboxx has launched a new entry-level brand, Flexx by Bboxx, to provide affordable, reliable, and flexible clean energy solutions to those at the bottom of the energy pyramid, starting in Rwanda and Kenya
• Having delivered clean energy solutions for over 2 million people, Flexx by Bboxx will enable Bboxx to serve members of the rural population they have not reached previously, unlocking even more potential
• The launch is central to Bboxx’s mission to solve energy poverty, in line with UN SDG7 – clean energy for all
Tuesday 15th March 2022 – Bboxx, a next-generation utility, has launched Flexx by Bboxx, a new brand offering entry-level clean energy products to millions of people at the bottom of the energy pyramid. Flexx by Bboxx will bring new and reliable products to market that are affordable, accessible, and flexible, getting millions more people onto the energy ladder.
As part of the launch, Bboxx announced two new clean energy products that will add to their existing roster of clean energy, clean cooking, mobile technology, and accessible finance solutions:
• Flexx10 is an affordable ‘plug and play’ portable solar lantern, designed for rural customers and those who are mobile. The product is also capable of charging mobile phones. Flexx10 is an upfront cash sales product.
• Flexx40 is a Pay-As-You-Go token-based multi-light solar system, designed for rural customers at the bottom of the energy pyramid, with a demand for lighting applications and mobile phone charging. The system comes with dimmable LED light bulbs, which allows customers to have more control over their energy usage.
Both new products are designed to minimise lifetime costs and include features that reduce maintenance and service requirements. All Bboxx’s systems run on its comprehensive management platform Bboxx Pulse®, enabling clean energy access to be scaled to places previously considered too expensive or difficult to reach via traditional grid infrastructure.
The products will have a significant impact on the lives of those they support, be that allowing a child to study at home, allowing a vendor to continue trading after dark, or allowing remote communities to stay connected by charging their devices.
Twelve years ago, Bboxx set out to do one thing: connect billions of underserved customers to modern utilities. Through the launch of Flexx by Bboxx, the company will build on the momentum of its ongoing expansion and serve a wider array of customers. At present, the majority of the underserved rural population still needs access to a reliable energy source. Flexx by Bboxx will help change this.
To date, Bboxx has successfully delivered clean energy solutions for over 2 million people globally, with substantial operations in countries including Rwanda, Kenya, Togo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many of these products are aimed at the top 25% of rural communities. The introduction of Flexx will enable Bboxx to reach the other 75%.
Flexx by Bboxx will first launch in Rwanda and Kenya before expanding to other Bboxx markets in subsequent months including in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Commenting on the launch, Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and Co-Founder of Bboxx, said: “We are passionate about our mission to address the major global problem of energy poverty. The scale of the issue is vast, with 759 million people living without access to energy, of which 570 million are in Africa. We are therefore delighted to be expanding our product offering to include even more flexible and affordable solutions for customers struggling to get onto the energy ladder.
We are confident that Flexx by Bboxx will significantly aid us in transforming the lives of millions in the developing world, powering the energy needs of individuals, families, emerging businesses, and wider communities. Energy is the key to unlocking inclusive and sustainable economic development on a global scale, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact Flexx by Bboxx will have on this new pool of underserved customers.”
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Bboxx is a next generation utility, transforming lives and unlocking potential through access to energy. Bboxx manufactures, distributes and finances decentralised solar powered systems in developing countries. It is scaling through forging strategic partnerships and its innovative technology Bboxx Pulse®, a comprehensive management platform using IoT technology. Through affordable, reliable, and clean utility provision, Bboxx is bringing people into the digital economy, creating new markets, and enabling economic development in off-grid communities and those living without a reliable grid connection. The company is positively impacting the lives of over 2 million people with its products and services in over 27 markets, directly contributing to 11 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
So far, Bboxx has deployed more than 500,000 solar home systems. Bboxx has over 1000 staff across nine offices including in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, and Togo, with its head office in the UK and its manufacturing operations in China. In 2019, Bboxx was the winner of the Zayed Sustainability Prize in the Energy category – testament to the way the company is making a meaningful difference to people’s lives around the world. You can find further information about Bboxx on its website at – https://www.bboxx.com/
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