PAYG Solar

Information on ‘pay-as-you-go’ (PAYG) enabled solar solutions


PAYG solar is a solar solution in which the user makes a series of payments (each week, or each month..) after purchasing the solar system at only a small amount of its total price.

Each time the user top up credit, the solar system would unlock for a set amount of days. Once the credit is exhausted, the solar system is temporarily disabled until another payment is made.

An in-depth explanation is available here. And, below is a list of PAYG solar companies:



Keypad based PAYG


GSM based PAYG


Other methods PAYG


Mini-grids PAYG



Related resources


  • Report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance

  • Report on PAYG solar in Nigeria by GSMA

  • Report by World Bank – LiveWire

  • Report by ESRC

  • Analysis by Energypedia

  • Article by Dr. Harald Schützeichel

  • Report by AECF and KPMG

  • Reports – #1, #2 – by Persistent Energy Partners and IFC

  • Report by Lighting Global

  • Reports – #1, #2 – by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)



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