Solar power systems are a crucial element in achieving sustainable energy for all. However, in ensuring that solar is available to everyone, many customers need or prefer to be sold energy as a service rather than a product.
‘Solar as a service’ brings various benefits to the customers, such as efficient repair & maintenance and transfer of financial risk from user to provider. This model requires convenient pay-as-you-go financial arrangements and the ability for the end users to build trust with the energy providers. Enabling ‘solar as a service’ globally is technical and financial challenge.
"Energy has a fundamental role in mitigating climate change and improving economic opportunity, social welfare and human wellbeing."
Practical Action, PPEO 2017
Cloud Solar enables local solar providers to offer ‘solar as a service’, reducing financial barriers to electricity access for end users.
Cloud Solar uses the latest IoT technology allowing solar providers to monitor and control their assets remotely. We work with solar providers as technology partners, integrating our Cloud Solar IoT charge controller within their solar pv packages
Our technology features an IoT charge controller and asset management platform that enables energy providers to see system performance analytics and offer their customers flexible technology and payment solutions.
Reduced Hardware Costs
We use a ‘hub’ and ‘node’ model to reduce costs to our clients: nodes are small, modular, low-cost communication and monitoring units in the form on an IoT charge controller. They communicate with a hub that relays information to the cloud. A hub can take information from up to 200 nodes.
Flexible Payment Options
Our system allows energy providers to create their own payment plans. The plans can be based on flat rates, pay per unit, time based tariffs, or a combination. The way providers charge their customers is 100% flexible.
We use GSM or LoRa to send data from regions with poor network connectivity to our servers. This means Cloud Solar allows control of solar technology just about anywhere.
System performance results can be sent to your HQ or field agents, by SMS, email or push notifications. This ensures that your repair and maintenance operations are responsive and effective.