10Power Founder / CEO Sandra Kwak joins group of 36 global transformational leaders bringing innovations to the social good sector
New York – June 8, 2017 – Echoing Green announced the winners of its highly competitive annual Fellowship awards. Echoing Green is a global organization that spots social entrepreneurs with the greatest potential and invests deeply in their success. The organization accelerates tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. With the help of this award, which comes with seed-funding, Sandra Kwak, Founder and CEO of 10Power will scale her work of providing renewable energy to the 1.2 billion people on the planet who do not have access to electricity.
Every year, Echoing Green provides funding and leadership development to a new class of Fellows. The organization embraces “smart risks” by providing seed funding of up to $90,000 for two years to support the continued growth of leaders and organizations with tremendous potential. These individuals are also welcomed into a lifelong global network of philanthropists, investors, and entrepreneurs who help one another experiment with bold, new ideas.
10Power provides project development and finance for commercial and industrial solar projects in global communities that lack access to reliable electricity. In their first market, Haiti, they have provided solar to water purification centers that are supplying clean drinking water to surrounding communities. Working with local installers, 10Power is building capacity for solar markets, with focus on gender empowerment and quantum development.
“It is an honor to join this diverse, passionate and driven group of intersectional, global change makers,” says Kwak.
Echoing Green is among the most selective fellowships for social entrepreneurs. This year, Echoing Green reviewed 2,879 applications from 164 countries.
Echoing Green’s unparalleled community of over 760 includes Michelle Obama, Van Jones and the innovators who launched Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, and more. The organization welcomes a new class of Fellows every year into its lifelong community of leaders.
“For the past 30 years Echoing Green has identified leaders with bold ideas that are important to the progress of the world,” says Echoing Green President Cheryl L. Dorsey. “In this year — Echoing Green’s 30th anniversary — we’re especially proud to continue to grow our community and welcome such a diverse group of innovators to our best-in-class network. We look forward to advancing their leadership journey.”
Support of Echoing Green’s 2017 Fellowship class is made possible through private contributions and the generous support of funders, including the Jerome L. Greene Foundation and the ZOOM Foundation.
10Power catalyzes solar markets in geographies that lack electricity today. Developing and financing commercial and industrial solar projects in Haiti, 10Power works with local installers, sources world-class technology, provides engineering resources, and generates economic opportunity by helping businesses save money and run on reliable, clean energy. To learn more, visit www.10pwr.com
About Echoing Green
Echoing Green identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. Through its Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders and invests deeply in their success to maximize their impact. Echoing Green has been ahead of the curve for 30 years, supporting visionaries around the world who are transforming economies, racial and gender equity, environmental sustainability, and more. Echoing Green accelerates talent that will change the world for the better. To learn more, visit EchoingGreen.org.