illumination has been featured in numerous articles published in press from around the world. Please see below for some of the most recent ones.

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June, 2013

The Guardian

Australian social enterprise awards show sectors impact at home and abroad
Australia is experiencing increasing, some say renewed, energy and focus on social enterprise. Australia has a vibrant history of co-operatives and local enterprise and more recently a growing body of activity and interest in new business models that seek to combine a robust operating model and social mission… Read more

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May, 2013

RMIT University

Talking Business (Podcast)
Please click here to listen to interview (starts at 41:13).

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January, 2013

KENYA AIRWAYS MAGAZINE

Ray of Hope
Please click here to read article (PDF).

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1 June, 2012

JETSTAR MAGAZINE

A Bright Idea
Please click here to read article (PDF).

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22 March, 2012

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA

Solar lights delivered to refugee camps in Pakistan (Radio Interview)
Please click here to listen to interview and read transcript.

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16 March, 2012

OUR WORLD TODAY

Solar reduces cancer risk
IN PAKISTAN where kerosene lamps are used as a main source of light, children are forced to huddle around the lamps so they are able to study, exposing them to severe health risks and their eyes to the deadly kerosene fumes Read more

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15 March, 2012

AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC

Aussie solar lamps light the way for flood victims
Pakistan was hit by some of the worst floods in recorded history in 2010, with about one-fifth of the country’s land mass underwater and affecting around 20 million people. This was made worse when, in 2011, heavy rains fell on Pakistan once again, leaving about 200,000 people homeless Read more

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12 March, 2012

ECO-BUSINESS.COM

Australian Solar Light Helps 80,000 Pakistan Flood Refugees
Kerosene can account for a third of a family’s monthly income and toxic fumes from the lamps, which are often included in aid packages, can cause a number of illnesses. Soot and carbon dioxide created when burning kerosene also adds to the world’s carbon emission woes Read more

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12 March, 2012

ENERGY MATTERS

Australian Solar Light Helps 80,000 Pakistan Flood Refugees
A cheap Australian-designed solar light is changing lives in developing nations, including 80,000 refugees in Pakistan still struggling to rebuild after the country suffered devastating floods a year ago Read more

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11 March, 2012


CHANNEL 7 NEWS AUSTRALIA

illumination featured on Channel 7 News, Sunday 11 March, 2012
Please click here to view.

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9 November, 2011

CNBC-TV18 moneycontrol.com

CNBC-TV18  MoneyControl.com

Illumination & Path Foundation Philippines – Solar Lights For The People Of Bohol
illumination and PATH Foundation Philippines are working together to bring clean, free solar light to people of the Philippines. On October 17, the first shipment of illumination’s “Mandarin” solar lights was distributed to communities from the island of Bohol Read more

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25 October, 2011

MUNICIPALITY OF TUBIGON

MUNICIPALITY OF TUBIGON

Solar-powered lights: first in Asia, first in Bohol
There’s an early Christmas gift to lightless constituents to Tubigon. And it is the gift of light. Three hundred households coming from the municipalities of Tubigon, Inabanga and Clarin are the recipients of a brand new Mandarin, a low cost, solar-powered Light Emitting Diode (LED) light. The Mandarin light is Illumination’s brain child which is designed to meet the needs of indigent families earning less than PhP 42.00 per day with no access to electricity. It produces a bright light six times stronger than an ordinary kerosene lamp with illumination strength of 48 lumens compared to a keresone lamp with only 8 lumens Read more

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23 October, 2011

BOHOL SUNDAY POST

BOHOL SUNDAY POST

Solar-powered lights in Tubigon town, first in Asia, 1st in Bohol
It’s an early Christmas in Tubigon. And it comes in solar-powered lights, reputed to be the first in Asia and of course in Bohol. Three hundred households coming from the municipalities of Tubigon, Inabanga and Clarin are the recipients of a brand new Mandarin, a low cost, solar-powered Light Emitting Diode (LED) light. The turn-over ceremony of such lights was held at the Tubigon Cultural Center on October 17. Present during the ceremony were the Executive Assistant to the Governor and Deputy Governor Isabelito Tongco, Tubigon Mayor William Jao with Vice Mayor Virgilio Fortich, Clarin Mayor Allen Ray Piezas and Inabanga’s Municipal Public Relations Officer Renante Sempron representing Mayor Jose “Jono” Jumamoy who was in Manila for an official business… Read more

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13 October, 2011

StartupSmart

STARTUPSMART

Enspire cleans up at Business3000 awards
Using solar-powered lights referred to as “the Mandarin”, Illumination creates products that replace kerosene-fuelled energy, with a focus on affordability for third world countries. Illumination was selected for its “diversification through Asia and Africa, and a link to carbon credits, which provide an interesting business model and are purely export-focused”. Shane Thatcher, chief executive of Illumination, said the company’s goal is to make a mandarin the world’s most affordable solar light…. Read more

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11 February, 2011

CLIMATE CONNECT

CLIMATE CONNECT

First of its kind Solar PoA proposed in Tanzania
A CDM PoA titled “Lift-off! The Illumination Project to Replace Kerosene lamps with Solar LED Lamps” has been proposed for CDM registration in Tanzania. This project aims to replace kerosene-based lighting with purpose designed solar lamps.  By replacing kerosene-based lighting with Solar LED lighting, significant health, safety and economic benefits will be provided to communities living in the country; the lamps will also reduce the amount of GHG emissions… Read more

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31 January, 2011

POSITIVE NEWS.org.uk

POSITIVE NEWS.org.uk

LEDs Light up Tanzania’s Homes
Illumination, a company selling solar LED lamps, are on a mission to replace the paraffin lanterns in Tanzania’s 1.5 million homes. If they reach their goal, it could reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by around 800,000 tonnes… Read more

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6 January, 2011

AFRICAN BUSINESS REVIEW

AFRICAN BUSINESS REVIEW

Standard Bank uses carbon trading to light up Tanzanian homes
Standard Bank Group is to help replace kerosene lamps with hand-held LED lights in 1.5-million homes in Tanzania, funding the scheme by buying the carbon credits generated through the large scale replacement of fossil fuel lighting… Read more

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21 December, 2010

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA

Standard lights up Tanzanian homes
South Africa’s Standard Bank Group is to help replace kerosene lamps with hand-held LED lights in 1.5-million homes in Tanzania, funding the scheme by buying the carbon credits generated through the large-scale replacement of fossil fuel lighting… Read more

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20 December, 2010

LEDinside

LEDinside

African Standard Bank’s LED Retrofit Project in Tanzania
According to a statement from African Standard Bank, it has bought 700,000 UN-backed carbon credits to fund a clean energy project to replace kerosene lamps with LED lamps in 31-million Tanzanian homes… Read more

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18 December, 2010

The Citizen

THE CITIZEN

Standard Bank buys CO2 credits for Tanzania project
Standard Bank has bought 700,000 UN-backed carbon credits to fund a clean energy project to replace kerosene lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) lamps in Tanzanian homes… Read more

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14 December, 2010

Reuters

REUTERS

Standard Bank buys CO2 credits for Tanzania project
Standard Bank has bought 700,000 U.N.-backed carbon credits to fund a clean energy project to replace kerosene lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) lamps in Tanzanian homes… Read more

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13 December, 2010

Standard Bank

STANDARD BANK

Standard Bank Group uses carbon trading to light up Tanzanian homes
Standard Bank Group is to help replace kerosene lamps with hand-held LED lights in 1.5-million homes in Tanzania, funding the scheme by buying the carbon credits generated through the large scale replacement of fossil fuel lighting… Read more

Aug 18, 2014

There are still over 1.3 billion people in the world without power. Despite a lot of rhetoric and a fair amount of wasted money, energy poverty is still a reality for over 20% of the world’s population. Using traditional thinking, it is going to cost over 640 billion USD to solve this problem. At illumination ...

Feb 17, 2014

Illumination is very proud to have partnered with Kadasig and PATH to distribute its internationally renowned Mandarin Solar Light into areas impacted by the devastating storms which hit in late 2013. 2500 lights were distributed by Kadasig and PATH staff and volunteers into the Leyte region of the Philippines. The capital, Leyte was one of ...

Oct 15, 2013

While functionality always comes first, we always thought our products were also pretty cool in the way design was worked into the function. That’s why we were thrilled that the Premiers Design Awards thought so too.

Jul 5, 2013

Some wonderful feedback from Bakari who lives in the Usumbara Mountain area of north east Tanzania about the positive impact his solar light is particularly having on his studies.

Jun 19, 2013

Social business booms in Australia as robust operating models grow in popularity (article originally printed in The Guardian).

Jun 7, 2013

illumination has recently partnered with Yhi Solar to introduce solar energy to communities without affordable, reliable energy here in our home country of Australia.

May 28, 2013

The Mandarin is now being used by more and more families further across the Philippines thanks to illumination’s new partnership with Kadasig Aid.

Jan 19, 2013

illumination is currently working with IOM to distribute our Mandarin solar lamps to those in the Philippines recently impacted by the devastating Typhoon Bopha.

Oct 23, 2012

With input from illumination CEO Shane Thatcher, the Lumina Project has released a landmark study exploring the linkages between sustainability and public health in the developing world.

Oct 12, 2012

An interview by business publication How We Made It In Africa with Edith Banzi, the Managing Director of illumination’s distributor in Tanzania, illumination East Africa.