Orb Energy provides solar power and thermal systems to residential and commercial customers. It has worked in India for more than 10 years, where it has about 100 branches and 500 employees. It has installed more than 130,000 systems in India. Orb Energy expanded to Kenya about three years ago, where it is a growing provider of solar home systems and solar thermal systems.
Planned Goals and Milestones
With a $500,000 award from Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development, Orb Energy is developing a new business model. It enables the company to sell solar products through established agents at banks and microfinance institutions, allowing these partners to provide the consumer financing. Furthermore, Orb Energy provides an after-sales network close to the clients. This approach removes a barrier to Orb Energy’s growth as microfinance institutions take care of customer financing, so the company can focus on its core business -- providing solar energy solutions and service