Currently around 1.3 billion people in developing countries
worldwide live without access to electricity.
The lack of electric lighting poses significant challenges to
education and local economies. For cooking and home lighting,
firewood, manure, and kerosene are burnt, which causes serious fire
and health risks.
In 2013 Panasonic Corporation launched the 100 Thousand Solar
Lanterns Project, with the objective to contribute 100,000 solar
lanterns to people without access to electricity by 2018, the year
of Panasonic's 100th anniversary. These solar lanterns can be
used as lighting at night due to power stored in the battery which
is generated by sunlight during the daytime.
Earlier this year, Panasonic launched it's Cut Out the Darkness
project, with the aim to make more people aware of the challenged
faced by people living in regions without electricity.
In March 2014, 100 lantern designs were donated to Sumba,
Indonesia. VIEW VIDEO of the people who designed the
shades and the joys of the local people who received the solar
In the 2nd phase of the Cut Out the Darkness project, Panasonic
is looking for animal themed designs to create a Zoo of Light.
Anyone is welcome to participate in designing a lantern shade, and
the most popular designs, selected by the most votes, will be
manufactured, and located in regions without electricity.
You can design your own lantern HERE.
And you can vote for your favourite lanterns HERE.
Applications for designs close on the 25th January 2015.
The progress of this project is continuously being updated on
the official Cut Out the Darkness project website and
the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project official Facebook page.