MPOWERD's Luci Lantern Lighting Up The City Of Lights

Charles Rosier to support MPOWERD in ending Energy Poverty

PARIS, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Luci is MPOWERD's clean, affordable, and sustainable solution to the energy poverty challenge will be making her debut in the city of lights this summer and will be distributed throughout France, Greece, Spain and Portugal in the coming months with the support of Charles Rosier, a Partner with Brazilian investment bank, BTG Pactual.

Luci is an inflatable, recyclable, water resistant, bright LED solar lantern which is providing a clean and safe source of energy in over 25 countries to date. Consumers in developed markets are likewise turning onto the fact that Luci is an ecologically-friendly alternative that can be utilized in various outdoor contexts -- camping, fishing, skiing, concert, as well as emergency preparedness following blackouts.

Charles Rosier is thrilled to be bringing Luci to France, which recently declared its aim to reduce the weight of nuclear power from through the implementation of a new national solar strategy in 2013. France is also one of the top 15 donors of foreign aid assistance, committing close to 0.46% of GDP to development assistance according to the OECD. "The intersection of environmentaland social impact must be the focus of our efforts if we are to bring about sustainable change in this increasingly interdependent world," says Charles Rosier. "Europe can meet multiple challenges to tackle development aid and support the expansion of the solar industry through such initiatives which allow local entrepreneurs and their communities to break cycles of poverty."

Charles Rosier has a demonstrated track record in financial sector, but his true passion is in supporting humanitarian and social causes. Environmental protection is at the forefront of his efforts. He has been helping numerous small businesses worldwide in their environmental missions. In particular, Rosier pairs them with international investors and help them access critical new technologies.

Charles Rosier was a member of the advisory board of NatureRights and will sit on the Board of Innoveox, a company that manufactures and markets an environmentally friendly revolutionary technology that destroys industrial waste. Such technology offers clean water discharge, recovery of catalysts and metals, as well as energy production. His philanthropic support also extends to the medical research of Professor Etienne-Emile Baulieu, PhD and MD, of Mapreg, a biopharmaceutical company working on numerous life-saving cures for strokes and Alzheimers.

Over 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity, the majority of which live in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Another 1.5 billion have irregular access to the grid. This means that nearly half the world's population lives in virtual darkness and relies on dangerous and costly sources of lighting. 

Luci recently drew international attention at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show where it was identified among the six trends at the exposition by CNN and featured by the popular technology blogs Engadget and Gizmodo. Since its inception, Luci  has been featured as an innovation at the Rio+20 Summit, as well as highlighted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and numerous other news outlets. Luci's light is spreading at an unprecedented pace and will soon be available across Europe.

For more information about energy poverty or the Luci lantern, please visit or contact Jill Van Den Brule, Co-founder,  Director of Communications & Social Impact,

Media Contact: Jill Van Den Brule MPOWERD, (646) 664 4490,

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