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June 21, 2012, Rio de Janiero:  Last night, sustainability legend Gro Harlem Brundtland, media guru and philanthropist Ted Turner, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, and 150 VIP guests celebrated the first concrete outcome at Rio+20: The launch of Sustainia100. Eight19 is proud to announce that Indigo pay-as-you-go solar has been chosen for this prestigious list of solutions.

By combining mobile and solar technology, the Indigo solution provides...

London, Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Cambridge: 19th June 2012

Eight19 was announced as one of eleven winners today at the 2012 World Business and Development Awards (WBDA) for our efforts to improve living standards in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities. Eight19 was recognized at a ceremony concluding the Business Action for Sustainable Development Business Day taking place during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), where...

June 15, 2012

Eight19 has joined forces with leaders in their respective fields to push for action at the Rio+20 conference to address energy poverty.  Eight19's CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth will join a high-level panel to discuss energy access and provide further support for the campaign to unlock investment in emerging markets.  The topic “1 Billion Reasons to Deliver Clean Energy Access for...

June 8, 2012

Eight19's CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth will join a high-level panel to discuss energy access at Rio+20:

1 Billion Reasons to Deliver Clean Energy Access for the Poor

Background: The world’s current reliance on grid extension and centralized solutions will leave more than one billion...

May 15, 2012

The EU-funded Clean4Yield project will be officially launched on May 1. Coordinated by Holst Centre/TNO, the three-year project brings together commercial and research partners from Europe and Israel to tackle one of the most pressing issues in organic electronics – ensuring high enough yields for cost-effective manufacturing. To this end, the partners will develop new technologies for inspecting, cleaning and repairing moving foils...

May 10, 2012

A group of the world’s leading off-grid clean energy entrepreneurs including Eight19, today sent a letter to the World Bank Group to secure up to $500 million to de-risk off-grid clean energy investments at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.  The following is the official press release:

Global Civil Society backs call to...

May 9, 2012

Today's Daily Telegraph's "Careers in Energy" supplement features Eight19 as a leading example of the "application of science."


Real-­world data will accelerate product development

May 8 2012, Cambridge UK: Eight19, which launched its Indigo pay-as-you go personal solar electricity system for off-grid communities in Kenya in September 2011, has begun trials of fully printed plastic solar modules in Africa.  Based on Eight19’s Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) technology, the Indigo solar home systems have been deployed in South Sudan in order to evaluate the performance of the new...

April 30, 2012

"The IndiGo Pay as You Go system appears to deliver a much needed answer to the energy needs of millions in the developing world."

The World Energy Forum has highlighted how Eight19 is "breaking new ground"  in the struggle to provide underdeveloped and poverty stricken communities with affordable power.

"The company is creatively tackling the issue of...

April 29, 2012

Today's Sunday Times newspaper features an article on Eight19 and Indigo pay-as-you-go solar.

The "Africa Enjoys Light Bulb Moment" half page piece describes how a "British company has come up with a plan to install a 'pay as you go' charging system."

Eight19's CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth explains in the interview with The Sunday Times: "We recognised that people in Africa have the same aspirations as you or me.  They don't...