Eight19's Double at BusinessGreen Leaders Awards

July 5, 2012, Cambridge UK:  Eight19 has been crowned ‘Small Business of the Year’ and won the ‘Renewable Energy Project of the Year’ award at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards, for its work on the Indigo pay-as-you-go solar system which provides clean and affordable electricity to off-grid rural communities.

Last night, over 350 executives, politicians, and campaigners from across the UK's green business community gathered at London's Royal Garden Hotel for the second annual BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.  They offer a unique opportunity to celebrate trail-blazing firms that are pioneering new and more sustainable ways of doing business.

The Indigo pay-as-you-go solar system was commended by the judges for its commitment to the overarching evaluation criteria of ‘innovation and applicability.’ By combining mobile and solar technology, the Indigo solution provides the benefits of solar with the affordability of pay-as-you-go phones delivering energy, health and economic benefits for rural communities in developing countries.  Indigo combines a sustainable technology with a sustainable business model to deliver impact at scale and is having a transformative impact on the lives of families in Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and South Sudan. 

Over 200 entries were submitted for this year’s Awards and the organisers praised the innovation and ingenuity displayed by the wide range of transformative sustainability projects being pursued by the UK's leading green companies.  

Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO said:  “Eight19 is honoured to have been recognised as both Renewable Project of the Year and Small Business of the Year at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards. The Indigo pay as you go solar product was recognised by the judges for its role in bringing affordable power to rural Africa. BusinessGreen is becoming increasingly regarded as an authority in sustainable energy and Eight19 is delighted to be recognised in this way.”

Indigo is building on the recognition recently gained at Rio+20, winning a World Business Development Award and being named as part of the Global Sustainia100.

The 2012 panel of leading green business experts includes some of the UK's most high profile green business commentators and winners from last year's inaugural awards.