December 18, 2019: The cargo operation of Air India has carried 40 tonnes of solar televisions and speakers in four consignments from Mumbai, India to Nairobi, Kenya between December 6 and 18 in B787 Dreamliner.

“Air India is privileged to carry of solar panel shipment on Mumbai to Nairobi Dreamliner 787 partnering in carrying environment saver products to reduce carbon emissions. Kenya has a huge demand for off-grid electricity to power household equipment and Air India has recently restarted the Mumbai-Nairobi with our Dreamliner B787 after many years,” said an Air India Cargo official.

The solar equipment was of the Sun King brand of Greenlight Planet, a Chicago-based company that provides off-grid electricity to more than 60 countries, including India and Kenya.

After a decade, Air India started flying back to Nairobi from Mumbai with a thrice-a-week frequency from November 27.

Greenlight Planet was founded by T Patrick Walsh, a University of Illinois student who started selling solar-powered lamps in rural India. In 2007, Mayank Sekhsaria and Anish Thakkar joined the company as co-founders. The company moved to India and China in 2008. The company operates also in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, now manufactures solar powdered home appliances including mobile phones, televisions, fans, and speakers.

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