»Solar for All« Contest 2010

Search for innovative photovoltaic single user off-grid power supply solutions 

The »Solar for All« contest for innovative low-cost photovoltaic systems for developing countries was launched in December 2009. The competition was open to manufacturers, PV system integrators, social entrepreneurs and others providing sustainable and reliable energy to low-income end-users without access to the electricity grid. The »Solar for All« contest aimed at finding innovative technology and interesting business models. The initiative also wanted to give the industry a gentle push to realize that energy access with solar PV provides a huge market potential and still has a need for technical development e.g. modularity or energy efficient appliances. The focus of the contest was on end-user needs. Applications were to demonstrate improvements to the modularity, scalability and replicability of PV systems and advance innovative payment and financing schemes.

The final preparatory work was concluded on 21-23 November 2009 on a workshop with the jury hosted by Grameen Shakti in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 58 applications from 29 countries arrived by the end of the submission time on 1st May 2010. Four finalists were selected: Greenlight Planet, Kaito Energie AG, Phaesun GmbH, and Promethean Power Systems. The companies were asked to present their business model and application to the jury at the second jury meeting on 11 July 2010. The jury decided on the following winners:

  • First Prize to Greenlight Planet – a $250,000 investment by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation;
  • Second Prize to Kaïto Energie AG – awarded with 10,000 Euro by Good Energies Foundation; 
  • Third Prize to Promethean Power Systems – pro bono consulting by ERM Foundation.

The award ceremony took place on 12th July 2010 at the Intersolar North America. It was embedded in the VIP reception of the trade fair. The ceremony was accompanied by a high level investors’ workshop and an open workshop within the conference program of Intersolar North America.