Leviste leads Forbes Asia list of energy leaders

Solar Philippines founder Leandro Leviste leads the Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list of the region’s best and brightest young leaders in the field of manufacturing and technology, who “make the personal, scaleable.”

Leandro Leviste
Leandro Leviste [via Forbes]

The 22-year-old Leviste is cited for providing a solution to the electrical power needs of the Philippines. The country commands one of the highest electricity rates in Asia.

Leviste founded Solar Philippines in 2013, received its first $1 million loan to install a 700-kilowatt solar rooftop power plant the following year, and to date $100 million from local banks.

In January 2016, Solar Philippines completed a 63-megawatt project in Luzon’s biggest solar farm. The project cost $150 million.

The Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list features 30 young innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders from Asia in each of the 10 categories who are under the age of 30. The list is presented as the region’s most accomplished and acclaimed individuals in technology, industry, business, arts, culture, media, entertainment and sports, and healthcare science.

“The Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list is the first time ever that a company has put together such a comprehensive list to highlight and celebrate the work of young entrepreneurs and social leaders across Asia,” said Alan Griffin, Forbes Media’s Managing Director, Digital Asia. “The Forbes 30 Under 30 franchise is now truly global.”

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