Hidden Stars of the Solar Industry

A number of Western solar companies deservedly get a great deal of attention from the media and the public. Companies like SolarCity, First Solar, SunPower, and Sungevity come to mind. These are wonderful companies doing great things, but there are also many other wonderful solar companies and organizations in the developing world with wonderful success bringing solar to millions of people that get almost no attention in the media.

I’ve been happy to see many of these companies and organizations getting recognized in the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards, but thought I’d highlight some of the impressive stats from a handful of the leaders that are finalists in the upcoming 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize.


SolarAid has solar 1.2 million solar lamps around the world, improving the lives of approximately 7 million people.

Practical Action has improved energy access for approximately 300,000 people since 2007, and indirectly touched the lives of up to about 1.2 million (coincidentally).

M-KOPA, just launched in 2012, has already brought solar power to over 80,000 East African homes, and is helping an additional 1,000 or so each week.

SELCO, founded in 1995, has solar, serviced, and financed over 150,000 solar power systems since that time.

Those are just some of the 2015 finalists. Previous years saw several other such companies and organizations that are filling this important niche make it to the finals and even win the Zayed Future Energy Prize. Whoever wins this year, they deserve it. All of the finalists have achieved great accomplishments that are helping the world beyond measure.

Image Credit: SolarAid

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

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