A PicoPV system is defined as a small PV-system with a power output of 1 to 10W, mainly used for lighting and thus able to replace unhealthy and inefficient sources such as kerosene lamps and candles. Depending on the model, small ICT applications (e.g. mobile phone charger, radio) can also be added. PicoPV systems are powered by a small solar panel and use a battery which can be integrated into the lamp itself.
PicoPV systems offer a wide range of advantages: easy installation (Plug & Play), user-friendly application, low investment costs, little maintenance required, a high degree of expandability and flexible use. The prices are generally within the payment capacity of most rural people in developing countries.