Better Energy Systems Inc. is a private company based in California, with teams in the United Kingdom and Kenya. The company was founded in the UK in 2001 and moved to San Francisco, California in 2005. BSE's lead investors are TBL Capital and Renewal2 Social Investment Fund, both dedicated to the development of businesses at the forefront of social and environmental innovation.
BSE's Solio designs are hand-held solar charging, lighting and energy storage devices. The products are rugged, reliable and portable and provide affordable mobile power -- replacing conventional wall charging with solar energy capture and storage. Renewable power provided by the Solio BOLT has already brought light to people around the globe, from charging smartphones for business travellers in California to meeting the total power needs of an entire home in rural Kenya.
In Kenya, the Solio solar chargers are leased to families who are then able to replace kerosene or other dirty and often unhealthy forms of fuel, to run LED lights, to provide light, to keep radios playing or to charge cell phones. The program is becoming quite a success, as evidenced by the following testimonials:
Alice Yatich -- Solio is helping me save money on daily kerosene expenses. I want to use the savings to start buying and selling vegetables. I no longer buy any kerosene. I use Solio for all my nighttime activities. I only have grandchildren in my household and they really enjoy the light Solio gives them. As I got older, my eyes became more irritated by the smoke of the kerosene lantern. I like Solio because it has eliminated these harmful fumes.
James Lepuko -- I like Solio because it has allowed me to cut my daily expenses of kerosene significantly. My children like the new Solio very much -- they have longer time available to study at night. Their teachers have even called to inform me that their performance has improved at school.
Solio stands for energy equality: furthering the belief that all people -- regardless of geography or economic standing -- are entitled to reliable, affordable, clean energy and light.