PureRay Corporation commits to distribute 100,000 sponsored PureRay solar lighting stations in the developing world through various partnerships and organizations. PureRay's initial goal is to establish sponsorship for 100,000 light bulbs and solar lighting stations by the spring of 2009, and to deliver these bulbs and stations by the end of 2010. Further, PureRay commits to donate 10,000 units upon completion of its goal, which will be delivered through the same channels.
PureRay received its design samples, both bulbs and stations, during the summer of 2008. PureRay is in the process of finalizing the production specs of the units and will be looking for input on final product features. Production units will be ready for deployment in the first quarter of 2009. In the interim, PureRay will be meeting with potential financial sponsors and appropriate aid organizations to build out the distribution to end users; these meetings will allow the commitment to have a better insight into the timing of its performance and the specific locations in Africa that will benefit. PureRay expects to consolidate commitments, produce and distribute units during the second quarter of 2009.
The problem with the current energy situation in developing countries is that 2.4 billion people do not have reliable access to clean efficient lighting. Of this 2.4 billion, 1.6 billion have no access to electricity and another 800 million have intermittent electricity access. The high cost of providing these countries with electricity make electrification unlikely. As a solution, most people use kerosene lighting. Lighting with kerosene is not only expensive and of very poor quality. It is also the cause of two million deaths a year according to the World Bank. All existing alternatives to kerosene are poor quality and generally unavailable.
PureRay has addressed these issues with its patent pending, proprietary solution that will provide a clean, safe form of lighting for those in the developing world. PureRay has developed a solar powered lighting system designed to meet the demand for 'off-grid' lighting in developing worlds. The system comes with LED bulbs that are rechargeable by solar power, AC power, or a car charger. It also fits into regular light socket fixtures.