Massachusetts-based OffGridBox is launching a contest to award a free solar water purification system to one community in need of an off-grid solution. The aim of the contest is to find local implementing partners and collaborate on future projects. The box (valued up to $30,000) can provide clean water and renewable electricity virtually anywhere in the world.
CEO & Founder, Emiliano Cecchini, at the Boston Headquarters explaining the box
The only requirement to qualify for the contest is to have an impactful community project. The main impact area may be social, health, environment, or disaster recovery. To sign up for the contest, candidates will only need to fill out the online form and, if shortlisted, they will be contacted for a phone interview.
The free box is a 6’x6’x6’ steel container, with 12 solar panels (3.36kw), 15 kWh of battery storage and a water purification system (up to 1000L/hour treated). The box is fully refurbished and comes from the company’s BuyBack Program which allows previous customers to sell their box back to the company. For the purpose of this contest, the box is free, but shipping, customs, and installation costs are excluded and vary depending on location.
CEO Emiliano Cecchini, driven by his combined passion for technology and helping people, said, "Being an ‘OffGridBoxer’ means to believe that we can do well by doing good. We are excited about the big impact potential of this tiny box and want to extend our reach by donating an opportunity for communities and environments in need, as well as collaborating local partners and creating long lasting relationships.”
OffGridBox has already deployed 36 of its innovative boxes with the aim to use technology as a means of social and environmental impact. They offer Pay-As-You-Go financing options and work closely with NGOs to help secure grants and investor funding, but this contest is going a step further - massively extending the chance to get access to clean water and power in remote areas.