1. What is Sun King's mission?
To power access to brighter lives
2. Where is it based?
Illinois, Chicago, USA
3. When was it created?
4. Who is the CEO?
T. Patrick Walsh
5. In which region/s are you present?
6. What feature do you think makes you unique? How are you contributing to energy access for all?
Sun King is the world’s largest off-grid solar energy company with cutting-edge product design, affordable financing, and a grassroots installation model to provide energy to the 1.8 billion consumers across Africa and Asia who lack access to reliable electricity. Founded in 2007, Sun King sets the gold standard for off-grid solar performance and design as part of its mission: powering access to brighter lives.
Sun King products are recognized around the world for their high quality, user-friendly design, and their performance value for the price. Ranging from a portable task light with an integrated solar panel to more robust portable light, phone, and audio solutions, to a range of multi-light solar home systems with accessories such as solar-powered radios, televisions, inverters, and fans, Sun King products are designed to provide under-electrified homes and businesses with energy to power essential appliances without dependency on the electric grid.
Today, the Sun King range has grown to offer more than fifteen solar home energy solutions, from an ultra-affordable task light to a robust multi-light solar home solution that also powers a television. More than 18 million Sun King products have been sold across 65+ countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Over the last decade, Sun King's passion to serve off-grid families has continued to dictate the evolution of our product and service offerings and contributed to our dramatic global growth. Sun King started as a products company & quickly expanded to become a distribution company, specializing in developing more than 300 unique channel partnerships and direct sales networks to reach more than 15 million households across the world. Sun King soon realized that the right product and right distribution networks alone were not enough - affordability was a critical barrier to energy access to solve for.
7. How do you think GOGLA can help accelerate your business and/or the energy access sector?
Eight hundred million people live off the electric grid, most in Sub-Saharan Africa and an estimated one billion people live with poor access to it. GOGLA joins the industry together creating an ecosystem that fosters providing energy access to the underserved. GOGLA can help each player in the industry by updating them about new policies, and technologies and developing standards for both, quality of products and consumer data protection.