Salinee Tavaranan

Finalist 2014

Salinee Tavaranan

THAILAND
SunSawang
ENERGY & UTILITIES
ENVIRONMENT
Distributes solar energy systems to remote populations off the grid.

Salinee Tavaranan, 36, CEO and founder of SunSawang Company Limited, knew early on she wanted to help people. ‘My father suggested I study medicine, but I enjoyed building things and fixing machines, so I chose engineering.’ After completing her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in Thailand, Salinee went on to study solar energy engineering in the US. ‘I was interested in renewable energy in particular, because it makes sense to think about resources that have unlimited capacity.’ Upon completing her studies, Salinee returned to Thailand to work for Border Green Energy Team (BGET), an NGO with experience training villagers in the installation and maintenance of renewable energy systems.

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