Case Study: SunBorne Energy

Project: Corporate Identity and Advocacy Program
Client: SunBorne Energy
Project Duration: April to December 2009

SunBorne Energy was a new company, starting out to build solar power plants in India, to generate and provide grid-parity solar electricity in the country.


Digital5 was hired by SunBorne, to create a Brand Positioning and Strategy for SunBorne in India and the rest of the world. Besides helping craft the company’s vision and mission, we also designed the company’s corporate identity, as well as its marketing and category advocacy programs.


In addition to this, Digital5 provided weekly category reports, on news and views in the solar and renewable energy space, from around the world.



It was a time when grid-parity solar energy cost many times more than what electricity produced from fossil fuels cost. The Government of India was keen to promote the production of solar electricity in the country and had opened up the market for private production of solar energy, and SunBorne was one of the first companies to start production in the country.


But given its high cost of production, there was negligible demand for solar energy back then, which in turn put further pressure on its pricing.


While SunBorne did its work behind the scenes with key stakeholders in the government, energy sector, and investors, Digital5 was given the task to create an awareness and advocacy program for solar energy, and SunBorne in India.


Energising the category, its stakeholders, investors, and other audiences was a task we set out to do.


Digital5 began by publishing a weekly Solar Scan for SunBorne, which captured news, views, data, and other stories, that not only helped keep the Client updated on the category, it helped SunBorne Energy reach out to various stakeholders and build brand recall for them.


Digital5 identified and rechristened the summer solstice of 21st June as “World Solar Energy Day” and made it an occasion to bring together the solar energy industry and its consumers. We ran various online campaigns around World Solar Energy Day, and even created a pledge for people to “Vote for Solar”.

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