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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Greenlight Planet wins Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access


Greenlight Planet wins Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access, supported by the IKEA Foundation. The Ashden Awards are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy and each winner receives up to £30,000 prize money (just under INR 30 lakh) as well as tailored business support to scale up their work. Greenlight Planet, which has an office in Mumbai, has to date sold over five million
quality solar products across the world.  Some of the encouraging features of the Sun King products are as follows:
The products are pocket friendly as it ranges from the smallest US$8 lamp up to the US$125 solar home system (three lights and two charging sockets
Pay-as-you-go is available for lamps as well as the more expensive systems bringing solar within reach of many more low-income families
Around 44% of their sales are presently in India with more than two million solar lamps
Users find cooking, studying, working and other household activities easier with clean, bright light
The smallest Sun King solar lamp is brighter than a kerosene wick lamp
Eliminating kerosene lighting reduces the risks of house fires and health damage from indoor pollution
Some Sun King solar products such as the Pro All Night light offer mobile phone charging too
A household typically saves US$75 per year on the cost of kerosene and phone charging

The IKEA Foundation sponsors the Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access to find practical, affordable ways to bring energy to the poorest families. Renewable energy gives families electric light to study and work by, improving children’s health, access to education and wellbeing.

Per Heggenes, CEO of IKEA Foundation said: “All over the world, kerosene lamps and smoky stoves are putting children’s health at risk and polluting our environment. Greenlight Planet’s innovative products offer a solution to this problem and bring clean, affordable energy to some of the world’s poorest children and their families. We believe all children have the right to a healthy start in life and providing their families with renewable power is an important step towards energy democratization.”

According to the Award judges: “Greenlight Planet is revolutionising the solar lighting industry by offering a turn-key solution to distributors in emerging economies.  The huge global reach of their work means that they are really democratising solar energy for the masses.”

Patrick Walsh, CEO and Founder of Greenlight Planet, said: "On behalf of our hardworking rural sales agents, employees and off-grid families everywhere, we thank Ashden for this recognition. Today, over 20 million off-grid villagers use Sun King for light every day. But to reach the one billion people who are still in the dark each night, we must continue to innovate to develop better technology, and find better ways to reach remote off-grid families and make energy more affordable to families that need it most.”

The Ashden Award will allow Greenlight Planet to grow their work and develop new technologies and programmes in order to enable existing customers to move up the energy ladder.

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden’s Founder Director, said: “Sustainable energy is interconnected with so many other huge issues such as access to clean water, livelihoods, women’s empowerment and access to financing to be able to start a business. This year’s Ashden International Award winners are, without exception, all transforming lives and we’re proud to have the opportunity to support their game-changing work.”

Winners were presented with their Award at a ceremony being hosted by BBC journalist Mishal Husain at the Royal Geographical Society in London when the winners of the Ashden UK and International Gold Awards were announced.

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