Two NCIIA E-Teams, Greenlight Planet and Socialite, were recently featured in a story in The Economist focused on solar lighting for the poor. Greenlight Planet is selling its solar-charged, battery-powered LED lantern, the Sun King, in China, India and Africa. Cooper Union has been working with rural communities in northern Ghana on a solar lantern project since 2006.
In early July, Greenlight Planet's new product, the Sun King Hero, a solar lantern with built-in cell phone charger, won the "Solar For All" Design Contest. This carried with it a $250,000 prize.
According to Patrick Walsh, one of the original E-Team members who now represents the company in China, "We have really assembled a killer combination of innovative technology and in-house distribution networks - having both competencies in one company is pretty uncommon. We're planning to grow very quickly. And we have NCIIA to thank!"