MTN, Lumos Global partner to launch Y’ello Box, a solar-powered system in Nigeria

Nigeria is piloting a new solar electricity service in a bid to transform livelihoods. The Y’ello Box, a solar electricity system launched earlier this year, allows families and business owners to harness the power of the sun cheaply and efficiently.

Through the Y’ello Box, people in homes, clinics, schools and businesses across Nigeria, are running fans, charging phones, watching TVs and lighting rooms via , all using affordable, reliable, clean electricity. The Y’ello Box is already powering the lives and businesses of more than one hundred thousand Nigerians.

(TOP: A family powered by the Y’ello Box enjoying a board game at night). 

Designed and operated by Lumos Mobile Electricity Service, the Y’ello Box provides electricity to customers 24 hours a day, which people pay for using their MTN mobile phone.

Yuri Tsitrinbaum, CEO of the Lumos Mobile Electricity Service said: “People don’t have access to the power they need. Fuel is very expensive and other services are unreliable. The Y’ello Box saves customers money all while providing better and more reliable electricity. As Nigeria modernizes, our demand for power increases. It’s time we did more to harness the power of the sun. That is why the Y’ello Box is changing so many lives. It is affordable, it is reliable and paying by mobile phone makes it easy.

“Lumos is growing rapidly across Nigeria, as we invest more money, create business opportunities for Nigerians and employ more and more people. Equally important is the fact that the service is improving the everyday operations of community centers like schools, health clinics and religious institutions,” added Tsitrinbaum.

Working in partnership with MTN and the US’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Lumos has committed US $80 million to the deployment in Nigeria, half of which has already been invested. In Nigeria, Lumos employs more than 450 people, including technicians, engineers and sales staff. The firm plans to expand and provide power to 1 million Nigerians by end of 2017.


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