> Posted by David Levaï
We are very proud to announce that Barefoot Power, the three-year partner and supplier of solar lanterns for Energy Links projects in Uganda and Mali, won multiple product awards this week at the Lighting Africa conference in Nairobi, an international conference on off-grid lighting organized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Twenty-four finalists were evaluated and judged in 4 different categories. Barefoot Power won three of the four first prizes for room lighting, best value, and top performance. They also took the second price in the fourth category: task lighting. The solar lantern that Energy Links helps commercialize, called the Firefly, specifically won in the best value category for products that cost under $40 and came second in the task-lighting category.
The Energy Links project first started collaborating with Barefoot Power after extensive market research; Barefoor Power was offering the best quality lighting products at the lowest cost for the customers. We are happy that an international competition confirmed that this socially-minded business was one of the most reliable energy suppliers for off-grid distributed systems.
According to its founders, Harry Andrews and Stewart Craine, the Australian firm is on track to reach its goal of providing modern lighting solution to 1 million poor people by 2010 and 5 million people by 2013. We hope to continue to play a part in helping them reach unprecedented scale in bringing clean and affordable light to low-income families across the continent.