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Schneider Electric Launches “Light It Up” to Bring Access to Electricity to Rural Communities in Asia, Ensuring Life Is On
Sydney (Australia), September 28, 2016 - Schneider Electic, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announced today that it has launched “Light It Up”, its programme to bring access to electricity to rural communities across the Asia Pacific region.Schneider Electric believes that access to energy is a basic human right, and it is committed to put safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy within reach of a great many households, ensuring Life Is On for everyone, everywhere, and at every moment.
From mid- September to early November this year, Schneider Electric employees will distribute more than 1,800 units of the Mobiya solar lamps to rural communities in 12 countries across the region.
Economic and social development is largely driven by access to energy. However, around 1.3 billion people on this planet still lack access to modern energy today , while another one billion people have access to only unreliable electricity networks. A significant proportion of the world’s energy poor are living in Asia. In countries like Myanmar and Cambodia, the rural electrification rate can be as low as 18 per cent.
Safe and Clean Access to Energy
Schneider Electric’s commitment to promote sustainable development and provide safe and clean access to energy is in its DNA. In the past six years, Schneider Electric has contributed to providing 5 million people with access to energy The goal is to reach 50 million people within the next 10 years.
With “Light It Up”, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, Schneider Electric employees, as well as sponsors from Schneider Electric’s partners and customers from 17 countries in Asia Pacific have bought and sponsored a total of over 1,800 Mobiya solar lamps. These lamps will be distributed to rural communities across 12 countries: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, connecting a total of over 1,300 families to electricity and lighting, and helping to improve living conditions for these communities.
“Light It Up” with Innovation at Every Level
“At Schneider, we believe that access to energy is a basic human right and energy should be made available to everyone. I am happy that this project brings many parties together who want to contribute meaningfully in helping remote communities gain access to safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy,” said Damien Dhellemmes, Senior Vice-President of Global Supply Chain, East Asia, Japan & Pacific at Schneider Electric. “With the Light It Up programme, we look forward to sharing our innovation at every level in energy with the rural and remote communities in this region.”
Schneider Innovation at Every Level harnesses the power and promise of the Internet of Things to reshape cities, transform industries and enrich lives through connected products, edge control, and apps, analytics and services.
Here are some of the key ‘Light It Up’ projects that will take place this year:
The Mobiya range of portable products for lighting and mobile charging is an award winning energy-efficient and eco-friendly LED lamps that provide up to 48 hours of lighting with one day of solar charge.