Solaris Offgrid, the pay-as-you-go solar energy company offering affordable rural energy solutions, has raised more than Euros 1 million to expand operations in new developing countries, including Africa, India and South East Asia.
Energy 4 Impact’s Advisory team has been supporting Solaris Offgrid over the last 2.5 years through a number of strategic advisory engagements. More recently it has sustained its fundraising process by offering capital raising advisory with feedback on the financial model, transactional advisory on company valuation and term sheet review.
Solaris Offgrid’s pay-as-you go modular, integrated technology offers the flexibility to be scaled up from basic lighting to full-service communications, refrigeration and productive solutions. This enables families and micro-entrepreneurs in rural communities in developing countries to purchase energy, as and when they need it, at the price of less than $ 0.25 through mobile-enabled payments.
Unlike other players in the industry, Solaris Offgrid combines its offer of modular hardware with cutting edge proprietary cloud software that sends automated user feedback to the company’s back-office, enabling them to offer tailor-made business support and personalised mentoring to rural entrepreneurs to maximise their revenues.
- says Shashank Verma, Head of Advisory Services at Energy 4 Impact..
The advisory team has engaged with Solaris since its start-up days; it was then known as Eternum Energy. As most start-ups in the solar-home-system, pay-as-you-go space, selling systems on credit, the company required debt financing to scale-up, but struggled to access as the company was too early for debt. Energy 4 Impact encouraged Solaris Offgrid to also adopt a B2B strategy, in which the company sold its product and software as white-label to other smaller SMEs offering pay-as-you-go solar-home-systems in other countries. This business pivot not only helped Solaris gain traction, without necessarily having to raise debt, but it also helped it distinguish its business model from other players, making it an attractive investment proposition for potential equity investors.
Siten Mandalia, co-founder of Solaris Offgrid, says:
A number of European private investors have backed this latest funding round, including InnoEnergy, Renovafrica, GAIA Impact Fund and Zubi Labs. The funding will be used to support the company both in growing into new markets across the developing world and in continuing to create new, modular and scalable solutions for partners and customers.