Illumination Solar: Delivering Energy Poverty Solutions
In October 2017, the co-founder of Australian social enterprise Illumination Solar was rethinking his company's Give Power campaign. After five marginally profitable years designing and supplying portable solar lanterns to some of the world's most energy impoverished communities, including refugee camps, the co-founder had decided to market his products to Australian customers for outdoor uses such as camping and hiking. Under the Give Power campaign, Illumination Solar donated one solar lantern to a community in need for every solar product purchased by Australian customers. However, this strategy was not successful. The co-founder's main goal for his company was to sustainably provide good quality solar lanterns to impoverished people in developing countries. To reach that goal, he wondered which strategy to follow; should he return to the original business model, re-structure the Give Power campaign, or come up with something entirely new to generate higher profits? Cle-Anne Gabriel is affiliated with University of Queensland. Maree Stanley is affiliated with University of Queensland. Shane Thatcher is affiliated with University of Queensland.