Australia: Barefoot Power wins 'clean-tech' prize

world | Oct 18, 2011 | By Martin Barillas

Based in Australia, Barefoot Power was included in the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 list that was announced on September 18. The Cleantech Group compiles an annual list of the most promising private 'cleantech' companies globally, listing those it expects to make the biggest impact on clean technology in the next 5-10 years.

Joyce DeMucci of Barefoot Power, speaking in Washington DC, reacted to the announcement: "Barefoot Power has been championing the social, financial and environmental benefits of solar power for people at the base of the global economic period since 2005 and has impacted over 1.5 million people in developing countries. Being listed on the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 validates and adds a considerable amount of weight to those efforts.”  DeMucci added, “The international stage is a big one, and our team around the world is honored to be included amongst such an incredible list of peers."

Barefoot Power describes itself as "a global, social for-profit enterprise" that manufactures and distributes solar phone charging, lighting products and business development services to "people at the base of the global economic pyramid." Its Generation 2.5 products are designed and developed to meet the UN Clean Development Mechanism standards, while Barefoot claims they will save over 24,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next seven years. Barefoot claims that carbon revenue will contribute to the affordability and improved quality and performance of all Barefoot Power products.

The Global Cleantech 100 program is run by the Cleantech Group, in collaboration with the UK's Guardian News and Media. Companies are nominated by the public and rated by a panel of the world's foremost Cleantech investors and corporations.

This year 4274 companies we're nominated from more than 45 countries and Barefoot Power has been named as one of the top 100 companies.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.