Henrique Drumond talking to Kylie Flavell
Henrique Drumond, the man behind Insolar, talking to TV presenter Kylie Flavell

This is Santa Marta, one of Rio de Janeiro's central favelas. It was among the first to be freed from street gangs under a Brazilian state programme, and is now home to community determined to build a better life for themselves.

That hope however is often hampered by the high price and low reliability of its power supply.

Luckily there is one source of energy that is both abundant in supply and reliable every day of the year: the sun.

People in Santa Marta currently lack the tools to harness it. But Insolar is a small startup working to change that.

A community spirit

Founded by Shell LiveWIRE winner Henrique Drumond, Insolar’s mission is to connect communities to solar power by installing photovoltaic panels. These solar panels not only provide low-income families with affordable electricity but aim to benefit the society, economy, and environment.

Collaboration is vital. Insolar brings together community partners, volunteers and job trainees. And Shell is helping too, by supporting the start-up to bring solar energy to those who need it and making the region a brighter place to live.

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