Awards & Honors


2016 Innovation by Design Awards

The A1 light is a flexible, durable, high-quality solar lantern that’s truly affordable—it only costs $5. For poor families who sometimes pay 25 cents a day for kerosene to light their homes, this kind of light could help them save money while lighting their homes brightly in an easier, more efficient, and cleaner way. 


 2015-16 Global LEAP Award

Supported by the Clean Energy Ministerial, the 2015–16 Global LEAP Awards is an international competition that identifies and promotes the world’s best, most energy-efficient off-grid appliances. This round of the Global LEAP Awards features competitions for televisions and fans that are designed for use with off-grid solar energy systems. D.light won first place in large and medium sized televisions, as well as second place in the small television category. 


Core77 Consumer Product Award

The d.light A1 was honored by the Core77 Design awards in 2016. We partnered with, which contributed its expertise on consumer research and industrial design of the d.light A1. The Core77 Design Awards recognizes excellence in all areas of design enterprise.

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Business Insider 100- The Creators

Business Insider honored d.light as one of it’s 100 companies, large and small, that transcend the boundaries of capitalism and generate creative worth that challenges the idea of traditional business success.


Silver Winner 2016

d.light’s A1 reading lamp earned a Silver Stevie Award at the 14th Annual American Business Awards as an Energy Industry Innovation of the Year.  The American Business Awards are the world's premier business awards honoring the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. 


Verizon Powerful Answers Winner 2014

d.light was selected as a top winner in the Sustainability category for its innovative solution, designed to leapfrog grid infrastructure and convert the high costs of distributed solar energy into affordable monthly payments, providing consumers a clean, reliable and cost-effective source of energy. 

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Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

Cofounders Ned Tozun and Sam Goldman were named Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. d.light, along with 37 other individuals and organizations in the 2014 class, will be fully integrated into the events and initiatives of the World Economic Forum.

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B Corp Best for the World Overall Impact 2014

d.light earned an overall score in the top 10 percent of Certified B Corporations on B Lab’s "B Impact Assessment" – a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment.


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New Energy Pioneer 2013

d.light was named Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer in 2013, in recognition of our innovative, proven technologies, robust business model, ability to demonstrate traction and momentum in activities and potential for global scale.

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Zayed Future Energy Prize 2013

d.light was the winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2013, the world’s largest annual award in the renewable and sustainable energy sector. d.light was selected in the small and medium size enterprise category.

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B Corp 2012

In 2012, d.light was named a “B Corp” by the nonprofit B Labs, which certifies that d.light meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Each year since, d.light has been recognized as a B-Corp “Best for the World” company, based on our overall impact.


GIIRS Rating Pioneer Company 2012

d.light was among the first 200 companies to undertake the Global Impact Investment Rating System’s (GIIRS) rigorous, independent assessment of social and environmental performance impact.

Forbes’ List of Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs 2011
d.light founders Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun were recognized by Forbes Magazine as two of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs.

Spark Award 2011
d.light’s S1 was awarded the Gold Award, Spark’s highest honor.

Asia Society 2011
d.light founder Ned Tozun was named an Asia 21 Young Leader.

The Cleantech Group and The Guardian 2010
d.light was selected as one of the world’s top 100 cleantech companies by The Cleantech Group and The Guardian.

Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2010
d.light won the International Gold Award given by the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy.

Lighting Africa 2010
d.light’s Nova S200 was recognized as an Outstanding Product by Lighting Africa in 2010.

World Economic Forum 2010
d.light’s founder Sam Goldman was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Design Week Awards 2010
The Kiran S10 was selected as the best-designed consumer product by the Design Week Awards.

Spark Awards 2009
The Kiran S10 was awarded the highest design honors by the Spark Awards.

Social Venture Network 2009
d.light founders Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun were awarded the Innovation Award by the Social Venture Network.

The Cleantech Group and The Guardian 2009
d.light was selected as one of the world’s top 100 cleantech companies by The Cleantech Group and The Guardian.

Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs 2007
d.light was selected as both the "best-in-class" and the "most likely to succeed" start-up in the energy category.

Draper Fisher Jurvetson 2007
d.light won first place in Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s annual national Venture Challenge, winning a $250,000 investment from the prestigious venture capital firm.

Stanford University BASES 2007
d.light won first place in Stanford University’s social enterprise business plan competition.