Schneider Electric has launched its “Light It Up” program to bring access to electricity to rural communities across the Asia Pacific region.
“Schneider Electric believes 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,” said Damien Dhellemmes, Senior Vice-President of Global Supply Chain, East Asia, Japan & Pacific at Schneider Electric.
From now until 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.
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) program, 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 more than 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 projects taking place this year:
162 households in the Kawhmu Village in Myanmar are living in poverty and have no access to the outside world. Upon recommendation from the Department of Rural Development, Government Ministry (DRD), Schneider Electric aims to equip each household with a Mobiya solar lamp to improve the lighting situation for late night studying and increase the safety for night time transportation.
96 low-income households in the surburbian area on the hills of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia do not have access to electricity and rely on candles as their main source of light. In collaboration with the French-Mongolian Chamber of Commerce and Ulaanbaatar’s Social Welfare and Service department, Schneider Electric aims to provide every household with a Mobiya solar lamp to extend childiren’s study time and adults’ productivity.
275 households in Tan Loi Village in the An Giang Province of Vietnam from the Khmer ethnic minority group are living off-grid with no sustainable source of income. In partnership with GreenID (a local NGO) and the Women Union of Tan Loi, Schneider Electric will be providing 192 Mobiya solar lamps to the village, which will be distributed to the villagers via a sustainable entrepreneurship plan.
The fishing community in Dreamland Rosario at Cavite in the Philippines is considered one of the poorest districts in the province. The 50 families in the community cannot afford electricity in their homes, and have to rely on kerosene and candles for their lighting needs. Schneider Electric will donate Mobiya solar lamps to the 50 affected families to not only help the familiies to cut down their spending on kerosene fuel, but also as “fish bait” and safe use on fishing boats.