From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)
World Panel Zambia, Ltd. Celebrates Official Launch of Solar Chargers
Fast, Durable, and Portable Solar Phone Charger to Empower All Regions of COMESA
LUSAKA, Zambia, August 28, 2014/ — World Panel Zambia Ltd. (www.world-panel.com) launched the durable World Panel solar panels that charge mobile phones as fast as a wall plug. Held at Lusaka’s Taj Pamodzi Hotel, the launch was attended by senior Zambian government officials, COMESA free-trade group leaders, US embassy officers, African Development Bank officials and the CEOs of major Zambian mobile operators. The launch celebrated the first container of World Panels that arrived in World Panel Zambia’s Lusaka warehouse.
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1317 (World Panel Zambia CEO Jacob Sikazwe speaking about empowerment)
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1318 (Only smiles when a World Panel charges a rural cell phone)
The CEO, Jacob Sikazwe, a well-known Zambian business leader who led the creation and then chaired Zambia’s Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission said, “I’ve worked for many years to empower people in rural Africa to improve their economic well-being and opportunities in life. This utility-grade personal solar charger finally delivers on my dream to aid and empower people living without regular access to electricity.”
The first shipment contained thousands of World Panel 500 combo-pack units with the patented solar panel technology plus a bundled 5000-milliamp Powerbank and bright ten-bulb LED light. The technology will be distributed in rural and urban COMESA regions. The company indicated that it plans to ship one million World Panel units to the COMESA region in 2015.
John Anderson, the inventor and CEO of US-based World Panel Inc., gave the keynote speech at the event. An expert in micro-solar technology and business sustainability, Anderson said, “with only 8% of rural Zambia connected to an electrical grid, our distributed green energy solution can significantly increase that level in three years at a fraction of the cost of traditional energy solutions. We are honored to deliver our first containers into Zambia.”
World Panel Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theworldpanel
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1319 (The Zambia management team with CEO Mr. Jacob Sikazwe (on left)
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1320 (The motivated support staff at the Lusaka headquarters!)
In prepared remarks read on behalf of Zambia’s Minister of Energy Christopher Yaluma, the Ministry’s Director of Energy Andrew Simwaba said, “I am pleased that this solution being launched today will help mitigate this power shortage because our people will be able to charge their phones and other devices no matter where they are located.” Recognizing this powerful green electrical solution for energy poverty, the Zambia Revenue Authority notified World Panel Zambia Ltd. that its application for zero customs and VAT has been approved.
Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of World Panel Inc.
Mr. Larry Tanning
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1321 (The well-attended launch event with the Ministry’s Director of Energy Andrew Simwaba (on right)
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1322 (Zambia CEO Jacob Sikazwe and USA CEO John Anderson with thousands of World Panels)
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1323 (Personal solar for all. World Panel is a mobile electricity solution that provides consumers with the security of having power for their phones and batteries on the go or at home)
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1324 (Ms. Sandra Uwera speaking on behalf of COMESA with a personal endorsement of the technology)
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1325 (Mobile electricity for distributed energy solutions to the rural areas, powers phones onsite without the need to travel to the phone charging station)
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1326 (Plug into the sun! Founder John Anderson charging a local consumers phone with the technology. Put sun into your phone, it’s easy and free)
About World Panel Inc.:
Boulder, Colorado, USA-based World Panel Inc. (www.world-panel.com) is a triple-bottom line company (people, planet, profit) founded by micro-solar and sustainability expert John Anderson. On a trip to Sub-Saharan Africa, it became apparent that mobile electricity was in demand, and cell phone charging was of particular interest. Equipped with requests from citizens there that a charger be powerful, durable, affordable and portable, Anderson developed the patented World Panel to charge 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE handsets and tablets, and all USB devices. A suite of chargers, based on the patented direct-from-the-sun technology are now being distributed into the COMESA and SADC countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
World Panel Inc.