3 February, 2020 Member article

ARE Member Victron Energy launches PAYGo solutions for homes & businesses

ARE Member Victron Energy is a world leader in the development and manufacture of components for battery-based energy systems. In the off-grid solar market the Dutch company – founded in 1975 – is renowned for its reliable products (inverters, inverter-chargers, solar chargers, etc.) which are used worldwide in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Victron Energy will unveil a new range of pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar power systems for households and small businesses at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 which takes place on 18-20 February 2020, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Modular system for all

The SHS 200 MPPT is a smart solar charge-controller with a control screen and fifteen load outputs. It is designed to power DC appliances such as LED bulbs, phones, hair clippers, a TV or a fridge. The SHS 200 is used in combination with solar panels (up to 200 watts) and a 12V battery (lead acid or lithium).

The design of the SHS 200 allows customers to upgrade their installation step by step according to their needs, and budget. For example, a 200 watts installation can provide sufficient power to run a 24” TV for 8h per day; a 60L fridge or a fan; and half-a-dozen bulbs delivering 230 lumen performance for 8h. This capacity will be found to suit the needs of many households and businesses located in rural or suburban areas.

The SHS 200 features a keypad for low-cost and reliable offline pay-as-you-go activation. It is equipped with the OpenPAYGO Token technology – an agnostic PAYGo algorithm which allows distributors to work with their preferred PAYGo platforms (e.g. PaygOps, Paygee, Angaza) – or even their own proprietary platform.

The SHS 200 is a completely revamped version of a product that was initially owned and commercialised by Solaris Offgrid until mid-2019. The technology is widely proven with thousands of units already installed in Africa and South-East Asia. With the support of Solaris Offgrid engineering teams, Victron Energy re-designed some aspects of the initial product, improving its modularity and providing a 5-year warranty.

Matthijs Vader, CEO of Victron Energy explains: “We believe our extensive experience in manufacturing competitive solutions for the off-grid market can contribute to the development of the PAYGo industry and provide opportunities for many to access quality solar systems.”.

More power, more opportunities

A larger PAYGo system offering 400W – 800W with optional inverter for AC supply is being developed by Victron Energy. Both the SHS 200 and the SHS 400|800 will be on display at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020 – together with other products. Come and meet us at the show on booth 36 to discover more about Victron Energy.


More about Victron Energy

For more information about Victron Energy and the SHS 200 follow the links below – or get in touch with Yoann Le Fol (sales manager West and Central Africa / PAYGo) at ylefol@victronenergy.com.

SHS 200 MPPT : https://www.victronenergy.com/solar-home-systems/shs-200-mppt

Energy access market : https://www.victronenergy.com/markets/payg