US-based solar energy company launches solar home systems for the African market

MOAB, a US solar energy storage and lighting company, has announced the launch of a family of home solar systems targeted at the African market.

The home solar systems includes the MOAB TV 60 and the MOAB TV 120 and an indoor/outdoor antenna for free over-the-air (OTA) entertainment.

The MOAB TV 60 package consists of a 16” TV, a miniature indoor/outdoor antenna, a 10W monocrystalline solar panel, a 60Wh lithium power management unit with four 12V and two USB ports, three 100 lumen LED lights and a multi-tip mobile phone charger.

On the other hand, the MOAB TV 120 comes with a larger 19” TV, a 20W solar panel and a 120Wh power management unit.

The MOAB Power Management System utilizes proprietary, safe, 10-year lithium cells, coupled with smart power management and an LED display.

“Promoting off-grid appliances, commencing with television, will be one of MOAB’s immediate goals for Africa, along with Asia and other parts of the world,” said Nick Patel, MOAB POWER’s CTO.

The MOAB TV units will be available in the third quarter of 2016, through select distributors and retailers worldwide.

The products will come with a full 3-year warranty (2-years for TV) and will be available with Pay-As-You-Go for the Base-of-the-Pyramid (BOP) market.

By the end of 2015, nearly two-thirds of TV homes (36.2million) took digital signals by the end of 2015, up from 18.7% (7.9 million) in 2010, according to the Digital TV Sub-Saharan Africa Forecasts from Digital TV Research.

In fact, the research showed that in Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, complete digital transition was achieved that year.

This count has been forecast to increase from 6 countries to 11 by the end of 2016, and the launch of the solar home systems by MOAB will help in achieving this.

“While we take part in addressing the basic power and lighting needs of the over 2 billion people worldwide that lack access to energy, we value the importance of empowering and uplifting them through access to knowledge and entertainment,” Patel concluded.

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