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Panasonic launches solar lantern project in India

Solar lanterns

Panasonic India recently kicked off the “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project”, a project to give away 100,000 solar LED lights to people without electricity in the world, by 2018, the year marking 100th anniversary of the company’s founding.

By the end of this fiscal year, the company plans to provide 10,000 units of solar lights in three strategic regions across Asia and Africa. In a ceremony held in New Delhi, 5000 compact solar lights were given to off-grid areas in India and additional 2000 lights will be given to a refugee camp in Africa.

In India, the project collaborates with four leading NGO’s and Social Enterprise. These include the World Health Partners, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, Plan International India and Sahaj in the areas of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

There are about 1.32 billion people worldwide, living without electricity. In order to help solve various problems in these non-electrified regions, Panasonic has been promoting corporate citizenship projects by keenly using its core technologies and products. The contribution of the solar lights is one example of these efforts. By generating electricity from sunlight during the day and storing it in a battery, Panasonic’s solar lights can be used as a small lighting fixture at night. It poses no risk of fire or harm to human health, and generates no CO2 emissions during use.

Commenting on this initiative Mr. Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt of India said, “There is a severe imbalance in demand and supply of power and India risks facing an energy crisis. There is no disputing the power of clean, renewable energy in the present world and the contribution of solar lights to non-electrified areas is a one of its kind initiative by Panasonic which will help solve various existing social issues.”

Ms. Michiko Ogawa, General Manager, CSR & Corporate Citizenship Group, Panasonic Corporation, said, “The 100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project is being launched with the firm belief that these lights can play a major role in helping to solve social issues in developing countries and newly emerging economies.”

The company is carrying out initiatives to help achieve sustainable development and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Some of the notable activities planned through their initiatives are:  empowering communities living in off grid areas and enabling medical care service at night to promote the healthcare campaign for those at the bottom of the pyramid.

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