SANYO RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ACEF (AFRICA CHILDREN EDUCATION FUND)
“Saving the Earth, One Lamp at a Time”
PROJECT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- SANYO aims to supply affordable, beneficial products for people in un-electrified areas and support the improvement of their lifestyles. The solar LED lantern is our first product to help convey "electricity" to regions without electricity, and "light" to regions without light, and provide cheap and affordable means of charging mobile devices.
- Sanyo is in partnership with ACEF (Africa Children Education Fund) to establish B.O.P (Base of the Pyramid) business to reach the needy with affordable, high quality solar products.
SANYO’s B.O.P. Initiatives
Low-income populations primarily live in developing countries. These populations comprise about 4 billion individuals (70% of the world's population), with annual per capita income below US$3,000.
The following facts are key:
- About 1.5 billion people around the world live without electricity; roughly 550 million of these live in Africa. Many children in these regions do not get proper education due to lack of electricity and light in the evenings for studying. By using its expertise, and driven by the desire to help, SANYO developed a solar LED lantern that combines SANYO's specialized technology of photovoltaic and storage battery. As the first step, SANYO donated its solar LED lanterns to children in un-electrified areas.
- Despite concerns about their negative health effects, kerosene lamps are often used for lighting in un-electrified areas, since people in these regions usually belong in the lowest levels of income (sometimes called B.O.P.—base of the pyramid). Undoubtedly, it will take time before these regions are electrified.
- SANYO aims to supply beneficial products that are affordable for people in un-electrified areas and support the improvement of their lifestyles. The solar LED lantern is our first product to help convey "electricity" to regions without electricity, and "light" to regions without light.
Development story of the Solar LED lantern
In October 2006, Uganda's Minister of State in the Vice-President's Office visited Japan. While here, he took a tour of the Solar Ark, SANYO's solar photovoltaic power generation facility, which symbolizes the company's efforts to help realize a clean energy society. Upon returning to Uganda, the Minister sent a letter to SANYO, explaining that many Ugandans used kerosene lamps for lighting despite its health hazards.
He indicated that SANYO's solar cell technology would be useful for improving living conditions in the affected regions.
Since the cost of kerosene also puts pressure on household budgets, SANYO began to study how it could use its own specialized clean energy technologies to help solve the problem. This led to the development of the solar LED lantern.
Previous Activities carried out
The 'Bring "Light" to Areas with No Electricity Project' was promoted with the support of everyone who signed up to join "eneloop friends." During the period from June 30, 2009, to March 31, 2010, donations of 250 solar LED lanterns were made to regions without electricity for every 100,000 points collected through member participation. The eneloop programme succeeded in donating about 1,000 solar LED lanterns to un-electrified areas in Africa. Uganda and various JICA-assisted countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Niger, Rwanda, Benin, Malawi, Ghana, Zamia, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia) benefited.
Relief Donation to Disaster-stricken Areas
2010 Yushu earthquake in China
SANYO donated 1,000 solar LED lanterns to Yushu Red Cross to help with the re-establishment of areas affected by the massive earthquake of April 14, 2010, in Yushu, China.
2009 Sumatra earthquake
SANYO donated 1,000 solar LED lanterns to Jakarta Red Cross to help with the re-establishment of areas affected by the earthquake of September 30, 2009, in Sumatra, Indonesia.
UNDP ‘s GSB initiative
In October 2010, SANYO joined the GSB initiative, which aims to support the promotion of the UNDP's company-based anti-poverty measures. SANYO is looking for ways to build a sustainable business model, by initiating a local business-creation investigation for popularization of the solar LED lantern in Kenya.
ACEF (AFRICA CHILDREN EDUCATION FUND)
ACEF was established in 1985 and has provided support in food, health and education within Kenya’s Eastern Province. Offices are in Meru, Embu, Ena, Chuka and Marima. The organization has been promoting education in poor regions and offering medical services, as well as participating in projects aimed at developing the environment.
ACEF’s vision is to provide high quality education and better medical services to marginalized and less privileged people in society. The programme also conserves the environment, for instance by encouraging tree planting.
ACEF has established schools and managed to uplift the standards of education in these areas. ACEF makes appeals for contributions to support bright orphaned children to enable them attain formal education.
ACEF has also established and managed hospitals in rural areas. These are meant to support persons in the community, and to uplift their health standards.