On April 19th, 2017, Global BrightLight Foundation (GBL) in alliance with Amigos de la Aldea (ADLA) launched Illuminate Guatemala, a joint initiative to provide affordable and practical solar energy systems to the 3+ million Guatemalans currently living without access to electricity. GBL and ADLA plan to reach 250,000 households with solar energy by 2025.
GBL and ADLA held an event in Guatemala City to announce the launch of Illuminate Guatemala. In attendance were representatives from Guatemala’s leading print and online news publications and TV and radio stations. Attendees had the opportunity to view the virtual reality (VR) film ‘Amor de Abuela’, which is the first VR film shot entirely in Guatemala.
GBL’s CEO Ben Bunker commented, “In Guatemala, there are over three million people who do not have access to electricity or for whom electricity is simply too expensive. Our goal is to provide them with a practical, economic, and reliable solution. We are honored to work alongside our partner Amigos de la Aldea in this endeavor. We envision a future where thousands of communities are more prosperous, healthier, and more connected than ever before.”
Alongside Ben at the event was Miguel Sagastume, Director of Business Development for Greenlight Planet for Latin America. Greenlight Planet manufacturers the Sun King brand of solar lanterns and home systems that GBL has been distributing since it was founded in 2011. Miguel commented, “We are delighted to bring Sun King solar systems to communities in Guatemala. Our primary goal at Greenlight Planet is to end energy poverty through our broad portfolio of innovative products. We offer systems that everyone can afford.”
A short animated video about Illuminate Guatemala is below.