Philippines’ Liter of Light wins Startup Energy Transition Award in Germany

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Philippines Liter of Light Startup Energy Transition Award
The Liter of Light’s campaign Light it Forward challenge to build solar lamps was cited by the SET Award. Photo from Liter of Light.

The Philippines’ Liter of Light has won Germany’s Startup Energy Transition (SET) Award 2020 Special Prize for Quality Access and SDG-7.

The Filipino social enterprise that seeks to address energy poverty in the country and around the world was named the Special Prize winner in the SET Awards announcement on October 22, 2020.

Liter of Light’s Light it Forward campaign that challenges artists, the media, businesses, and service groups to build solar lamps while at home under quarantine bested two other finalist teams from Germany and Nigeria/Canada for the Quality Access and SDG-7 recognition.

The Philippines’ winner was one of the five awardees, along with Germany’s instagrid (Renewable Energies and Materials), Australia’s SwitchDin (Digital Energy Systems), Italy’s Enerbrain (Energy Efficiency Solutions), and Germany’s EcoG (Smart Mobility) in the SET Award 2020 edition held virtually amid the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.

The grassroots movement was one of the 570 applications from 90 countries that were evaluated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany, its partner countries Canada and Sweden, and partners BayWa r.e., Berlin Partner, Elia Group, E.On Innovation, GTAI, InnoEnergy, Inven Capital, and Shell.

Some of the celebrity solar engineers who joined the Light it Forward campaign.
Some of the celebrity solar engineers who joined the Light it Forward campaign.

Illac Diaz, Liter of Light’s Founder, and Ami Valdemoro, Director of the Board of Trustees, presented the Light it Forward challenge to the SET Award’s international jury of energy sector experts from around the world.

“We are honored to receive this award in recognition of our continuous work to help achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7: ensuring affordable, clean energy for all,” says Diaz.

“We are especially proud to showcase how grassroots innovations from the
Philippines and Asia are being recognized for their leadership in solving energy poverty even in the midst of this pandemic,” the Liter of Light leader added.

Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of dena, stated: “Start-ups provide the fresh ideas and inspiration that energy transition and climate protection need. There are plenty of eager young companies, as the hundreds of SET Award applications show. This is encouraging, because we are shaping the climate-friendly future with innovative solutions and smart approaches. We want to harness the
momentum of the SET start-ups and use it to propel the global energy transition.”

The APSIPA-awarded Light it Forward campaign that honors frontliners is led by the Liter of Light Foundation in partnership with GoodNewsPilipinas.com and the Rotary Club of Makati Business District.

To learn more about Liter of Light and its Light It Forward campaign: visit the Light it Forward website here, and the Liter of Light Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the Philippines’ Liter of Light for winning the Startup Energy Transition Award in Germany.

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