Panasonic to "Cut Out the Darkness" with 100,000 solar lanterns28th November 2014     By: Panasonic NZ

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 LED 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 lantern donations.

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.

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