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Home energy firm launches new Sun King solar lanterns

Richard Ochieng displays one of his solar lamps at his Badogo Art Bone Enterprise in Nyamasaria, Kisumu County. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Richard Ochieng displays one of his solar lamps at his Badogo Art Bone Enterprise in Nyamasaria, Kisumu County. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Greenlight Planet Inc, a solar home energy products company operating in rural Africa and Asia, has announced the launch of three new lines of lanterns.

The new improved products are replacements for the company’s existing solar lamps. For instance, the new line of products has twice the phone-charging capacity and more than double the brightness.

“It’s been nearly 10 years since we launched the first Sun King product, and people’s needs have dramatically evolved. Rural consumers today expect brighter light at par with standard home lighting on the electrical grid. They need more power to charge their increasingly battery-hungry smartphones,” said Greenlight Planet CEO Patrick Walsh.

The new line of solar lanterns continues the brand’s focus on reliability and its electronic circuitry is protected with a coating, preventing damage in case of occasional exposure to rain, he said.

The new Lithium-NMC cells, adopted from electric-vehicle manufacturers, offer nearly double the energy density of the previous lanterns’ batteries and promises to deliver a six-year lifespan under typical usage scenarios.

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