Boost for off-grid solar as Lumos Global reports exponential growth in 2017


Lumos, which operates in Nigeria and recently expanded to Cote d'Ivoire, offers an at-home solar electricity device that lets users access reliable power at affordable prices, purchased on an as-needed basis via mobile payments. Lumos delivers its service in both Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire in partnership with MTN, one of the Africa's largest mobile operators.

In 2017, Lumos more than doubled device sales from 2016, with total deployments reaching more than 73,000 systems in Nigeria at the end of December. The company also more than doubled mobile payment transactions – with 1.2 million transactions, compared to 514,850 in 2016. And the systems are now available in over 300 stores across Nigeria – up from 86 in 2016.

The added power is easing pressure on Nigeria's traditional power grid – the projected combined wattage from Lumos systems has increased from 2 MW to 5.6 MW this calendar year. At 80W per system, Lumos systems are some of the largest in the off-grid solar industry, 5-10 times larger than offerings of most providers. Due to the greater electricity offering, Lumos has installed more generation capacity than otherwise seen in the industry.

Lumos' 2017 growth came on the back of securing the off-grid solar industry's largest ever investment in December 2016, totaling $90m, which allowed the company to build the infrastructure needed to grow in Nigeria and expand its footprint in the region.

The significant milestones reached in 2017 mean that more than 300,000 people across Nigeria are now benefitting from Lumos' affordable, safe, clean electricity. Similar impact and swift growth is anticipated in the Ivory Coast as well, as the country is home to millions of underserved energy customers.

“What we are experiencing now is a second mobile revolution in Africa,” said Nir Marom, Lumos Co-founder and President. “There's no question that demand for our product is mammoth in Nigeria, but beyond Nigeria, there are hundreds of millions of people across the continent who also lack access to power and need solutions. Our goal is to reach them and provide affordable, reliable, clean electricity.”