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Panasonic Donates 1,020 Solar Lanterns to People of East Nusa Tenggara

Press Release   •   Feb 27, 2015 09:16 +08

Jakarta, 26 February 2015 – Panasonic, in cooperation with the Institute of Business and Economic Democracy Foundation (IBEKA) and Kopernik, donates 1,020 solar lanterns to those living in areas with limited electricity in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province – Sumba island and North Central Timor (TTU) district. Today’s donation marks the second of such efforts. In March 2014, Panasonic distributed 1,000 solar lanterns to people in Sabu and Sumba islands. These donations fall under the company’s global 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project which aims to provide 100,000 solar lanterns to address societal challenges in developing areas with limited electrical infrastructure, by 2018, Panasonic’s 100th anniversary.

Sumba island and TTU district were selected as these areas still experience insufficient and unstable power supply. The solar lantern functions as an off-grid energy solution which doubles up as a light and power source at night, with the added capability to charge small electronic devices such as mobile phones, via a USB port. Through the use of renewable energy, the solar lantern contributes to a reduction in carbon dioxide emission. Currently, many are reliant on kerosene lamps for light.

Ichiro Suganuma, Chief Representative of Panasonic in Indonesia said, “The Panasonic global 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project has received positive response from the Indonesian society, particularly those who have benefitted from these solar lanterns to support their daily lives. The lantern is an environmentally-friendly lighting source that seeks to bring light to those living with limited electricity, and enables them to have better access to education, healthcare and security. I hope the solar lanterns will continue to overcome social issues in order to create a better life, a better world for Indonesians.”

Through IBEKA, 710 solar lanterns will be donated to those living in Sumba island. 10 of the lanterns were from Gamba Osaka, a Japanese football club sponsored by Panasonic. The official handover ceremony was conducted at the beginning of Panasonic Cup 2015 Friendly Match between Gamba Osaka and Persija Jakarta football club, on 24 January 2015, at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Jakarta.

The remaining 310 solar lanterns will be donated to North Central Timor via Kopernik. 200 of these lanterns will be given out to 50 clinics in order to facilitate healthcare access for locals. Indonesia also has the honour to receive 110 specially designed solar lantern covers designs gathered from people around the world as part of Panasonic’s “Cut Out the Darkness” programme. These lanterns will be distributed to Sone Village, North Central Timor.

Solar Lantern BG-BL03 Features:

  1. Lighting that is suitable for daily use, with five LED lights, and 360-degree illumination
  2. 3.5 watt solar panel, with batteries that can last up to six hours
  3. When fully charged, the battery run time is approximately six hours on High setting, about 15 hours on Medium and roughly 90 hours when set at Low (availability of three settings)
  4. Charging source for small electronic devices (mobile phones) via USB port
  5. Anti-water and Anti-dust protection with IP34 rate (set by the International Electrotechnical Commission / IEC) for dust and water resistance)

Panasonic Solar lantern has been marketed since March 2014, with a price range of IDR 550,000 – IDR 600,000.

Information in regards to Panasonic Solar Lantern:

For more information about 100 Thousands Solar Lanterns Project:

http://panasonic.net/sustainability/en/lantern/

For more information about Cut Out the Darkness:

http://cotd.panasonic.net/

About Panasonic Group in Indonesia

In Indonesia, Panasonic has long history that closely related to Indonesian people. Started by the introduction of ‘Tjawang’ Radio by the later Drs. H. Thayeb Moh. Gobel in 1954, the first TV in 1962, and the introduction of National brand in 1970. Later in 2004, National brand changed its name to Panasonic. Until now, Panasonic is known as one of the leader in Indonesia’s electronic industry through its innovative range of products, such as TV plasma, camera, AC, fridge, washing machine, etc. For further information about Panasonic’s business in Indonesia, please refer to our website www.panasonic.com/id or our Customer Care Center in +6221-8009494.