Emerging Industries: Solar – d.light

If you’re an environmental nut like me, spending hours of your day outside just to breathe in clean air, eating nuts from trees, and – what? no? You don’t do that?

You don’t need to be fanatic to understand the importance of shifting our energy sources from nonrenewable (gas and oil) to more renewable sources (hydro, solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass). As our climate adjusts to the influences of humanity, so do we need to adjust our output of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

A social enterprise, called d.light, based in India has been working to achieve that goal. Since 2007, d.ligth has been operating in off-the-grid homes throughout Asia and Africa, providing electricity through solar panels in disadvantaged communities. Winning the 2013 Zayed Future Energy Prize (Masdar), d.light has continued to serve impoverished families and homes and expects to have impacted 100 million people by the year 2020.

Since its foundation, d.light has provided electricity to 17 million school-aged children, offset 23 million tons of CO2 emissions, and generated 127 GWH (gigawatt hour) of solar energy.

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