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Providing low-cost solar solutions for the millions without reliable energy access

  • Company
  • Energy
  • East Africa
  • 2008
  • Active

The challenge

More than 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity, with 400 million of those living in India. Most households rely on kerosene lanterns and candles to meet their lighting needs, sources of light are dangerous, low quality, and expensive.

The innovation

d.light developed a suite of products that range from single-function lanterns for reading and ambient light, to more advanced multi-function solar light solutions and full-home systems. By replacing a kerosene lamp with a d.light product, a consumer can expect monthly cost savings of 10-25%, increased health and safety from the elimination of kerosene fumes and fires, and increased productivity due to the superior quality of light.

The impact

More than 60 million people around the world benefit from d.light’s solar solutions. In total, d.light’s lanterns have saved customers more than $5 billion in energy-related expenses, while 23 million tons of carbon emissions have been offset with 34 billion hours created for working and studying.