Solar For All, a global initiative to make significant advances in the goal of making solar energy affordable to those around the world who lack electricity, recently wrapped up a contest it had been having to find the best innovations in delivering affordable solar photovoltaic power to low income communities. This Solar For All Design Contest is now over, and the overall winner for combining both affordable technical solutions with a developed market approach is an outfit called Greenlight Planet.
Greenlight Planet has developed Sun King,a low cost solar powered lantern that is said to provide 16 hours of light on a single day’s charge. It is two times brighter than regular kerosene lanterns, without the harmful issues associated with these types of lights. The Sun King is said to have improved cloudy day charging ability and works with special LED lights that do not fuse or require replacement.
The Greenlight Planet solution, which beat out a diverse and impressive field of 58 companies and organizations from 29 countries, will receive as the winner an investment of $250,000 from the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation. Greenlight Planet is currently using its solution in rural villages in India.
“We are impressed by their focus to develop a sustainable business serving the base of the pyramid in India, said Gary Hattem, President of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, in a statement. “Greenlight Planet’s approach combines both affordable products together with a truly innovative approach to reaching the poorest residents of the most rural communities.”