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May 9, 2012

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

 

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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...

April 26, 2012

April 26, 2012, Cambridge UK:  Active supporters of the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched in 2012, Eight19 has joined the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP)

Global LEAP is a senior forum that brings together governments, the private sector and development partners to share knowledge and best practices under a set of commonly held principles to encourage self-...

April 26, 2012

Eight19's Indigo pay-as-you-go solar was today highlighted by the UN's Sustainable Energy for All initiative as a story of innovative work being done towards achieving the Secretary-General's three objectives to achieve sustainable energy for all. 

Indigo was noted to be making progress in all three objectives of energy efficiency, renewable energy and universal access; "With access to clean and reliable energy, Eight19's Indigo has provided inhabitants...

April 20, 2012

A McKinsey & Company research report into the solar-power industry suggests that "the overall solar market will continue to grow—even though subsidies are expected to dry up."

Under the recommendations to 'develop targeted customer offerings,' the report highlights Eight19's work with Indigo:

"Companies could partner with local project developers to gain access to reliable distribution channels and secure access to finance for...

April 17, 2012

"Pay As You Go Sunshine: How Solar Energy and Mobile Phones are Powering the Developing World"

In today’s special edition of “Digital Diversity”, Olivia O’Sullivan, interviews Simon Bransfield-Garth, the CEO of Eight19:

"The fact that the weekly fee actually reduces users’ spend, by eliminating the cost of kerosene and charging phones, makes it much easier for us to sell into the market because we sell from the point of view...

April 16, 2012, Cambridge UK:  Eight19 has been selected as a finalist in the categories “Small Business of the Year” and “Renewable Energy Project of the Year” of 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.

Eight19’s technology has fulfilled the requirements of both awards by its commitment to the overarching judging criteria of “innovation...

March 20, 2012

Eight19 is delighted to have been named "CleanTech Company of the Year" at the BusinessWeekly Awards last night at a ceremony at Queens' College, Cambridge.  The Award is presented to the "CleanTech business that has most most commercial progress in the last 12 months."  

Mark Pendlington of Anglian Water, who presented the Award, said:  “Eight19 has developed technology that allows solar power to be sold as a service,...

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