Energy Globe Award
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National ENERGY GLOBE AWARD Singapore 2014
Submitted by: Little Sun Pte Ltd
Little Sun Solar Lamp
Many people in the world live without any access to electricity, and a large proportion that have it only have very limited access. This has a major butterfly effect that not only encumbers being enable to have access to worldwide information that many western countries enjoy, but also things like education suffer from something small like a lack of available adequate lighting. The Little Sun solar-powered lamp is a way to get clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.6 billion people (20% of the world’s population) without access to electricity. It is designed by artist Olafur Eliasson, and produced by social entrepreneur Dr. Irene Lee.
Little Sun allows people living in off-grid areas to work longer hours therefore increasing productivity. It provides light that will enable children to read and study, families to cook at night, and people to socialize after dark. It makes nighttime travel possible, without relying on unsafe and carcinogenic kerosene lanterns. Over a 3 year period, it saves off-grid users 90% of what they would spend on kerosene lighting. Little Sun is also a social enterprise that follows the principle of trade, not aid. It addresses the need for light in a sustainable way and assists in the creation of small businesses. Little Sun’s goal is to spread light, save energy and profit everywhere. The project overcame many obstacles, most of which were financial, but a major concern was to make sure the lamp got into the hands that needed it. The project has been successful so far, the product being in the many homes that desperately needed it, but Dr. Lee hopes to keep going and to make sure everyone that could benefit from one, has one. Little Sun has come to the conclusion that is better to create a situation that others can profit from the product, organizing small businesses in off-grid areas to sell it for a low cost, keeps the products dissemination high whilst creating local employment. The company mantra it seems, is to educate and empower.
Dr. Irene Lee, is the co-designer of the project. It is no wonder how such a fantastic product was created and distributed under her tutelage, she is vastly decorated with academic merit. A master of Architecture in urban Design, A Doctor of Design in Environmental Technology/Management and a Postdoctorate in Urban Ecosystems to name a few. Dr Lee believes in the value of hard work, humility and integrity and aims to reach out to the world and help anyone she can.
Power from the sun is available everywhere and for free to everyone. This year’s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Singapore has harnessed this power to bring small solar lights in a unique design into the life of many families. This leads to higher productivity of the people, enables children to study at night, reduces the toxic fumes of kerosene lamps that harm women and children, and saves CO2. A win-win situation for both: humans and environment. Congratulations for your Achievements