A Brighter Future
d.light is a global social enterprise delivering affordable solar-powered solutions designed for the two billion people in the developing world without access to reliable energy. d.light provides distributed solar energy solutions for households and small businesses that are transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy. Through 10 field offices and four hubs in Africa, China, South Asia and the United States, d.light has sold over nine million solar light and power products in 62 countries, improving the lives of almost 49 million people. d.light is dedicated to providing the most reliable, affordable and accessible solar lighting and power systems for the developing world and reaching 100 million people by 2020.
In 2004, Peace Corps volunteer Sam Goldman witnessed his neighbor’s son badly burned by an overturned kerosene lamp in Benin, Africa. Sam knew there had to be better, safer ways to light homes and businesses in the developing world. After returning to North America from the Peace Corps, Sam enrolled in Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability class, where he met co-founder Ned Tozun. In 2006, Ned and Sam founded d.light, developing the initial prototype solar lantern and an ambitious plan to bring safe, bright, clean lighting to people around the globe. d.light’s first commercial solar product made its debut in the marketplace in 2008.