Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh founded Greenlight Planet while at the University of Illinois, where he studied engineering physics and economics and graduated in 2007. As a student volunteer with Engineers Without Borders, he spent a summer in a rural Indian village building an experimental electricity generator. He realized that 1.5 billion kerosene lamps were still in use around the world, and decided that villagers needed an affordable way to light their homes without the need for charitable donations. He founded Greenlight Planet, Inc., to commercialize and distribute a direct replacement technology with numerous benefits: affordable solar-powered LED lanterns that villagers now buy to light their own homes, with no outside assistance required. He has become a recognized mass-affordability product designer, garnering notable awards from Lemelson-MIT, UNESCO, and the Lighting Africa program.