19-Year-Old Vows To Disrupt Solar Industry
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Canada’s Eden Full is just 19 years-old. But she’s known since she was three years-old that she’s wanted to be a scientist – of some sort. It wasn’t until she entered into a science competition at nine years-old and built her first solar car that she realized the potential for solar, particularly in areas around the world that remain without electricity. Just 10 years later, in 2010, Full succeeded in providing electricity, for the first time, to two villages in Kenya through her company, Roseicollis Technologies. She built the social enterprise on her technology, the SunSaluter, a cost-effective solar panel rotator she developed which she says increases the efficiency of solar panels.
Full was honored for her early success with Roseicollis Technologies as a winner in the Staples/Ashoka 5th Annual Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition. Out of hundreds of entries from more than 50 countries, she and three young men were selected to present their social enterprises at the Techonomy conference in Houston this week.