Harnessing the sun's power to provide a portable and an affordable source for daily energy needs
2010 SEED Award Winner Clean Energy beijing, China

The SolSource is an affordable and high-performing solar concentrator designed for the 2.5 billion people globally who rely on harmful solid fuels for their daily energy needs. One Earth Designs (OED) is a social enterprise created to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in rural Himalayan communities. The SolSource is the first product in a series of appropriate technologies, co-designed by OED and its partner communities, whose commercialisation is intended to support the activities of the organisation at large. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

By giving a low cost alternative to harmful solid fuels, SolSource contributes in reduction of green house gas emission while empowering women and children to engage more in social and income generating activities.
  • Decreasing the time women and children spend for collecting solid fuels for basic energy needs, and allowing them to pursue schooling and income generating opportunities.
  • Reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions by offering a low-cost and high-performing solar concentrator for daily energy needs.


  • Enhancing the potential for positive economic impact by allowing women and children more time for schooling and income-generating opportunities.



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

One Earth Designs, Inc. will produce and distribute SolSource to local communities and international markets. Other partners have provided grants, laboratory space, consultation, and access to critical networks.

Technical Partners: MIT, Harvard University, Tsinghua University, Wellesley College, iCast, Qinghai Normal University, Goodwin Proctor, Deloitte.



Financial Partners: US Environmental Protection Agency, the ONE Foundation, The Climate Group, ConocoPhillips, Clinton Global Initiative, and others.



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