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Global solar kit maker d.light marks 10 years with launch of groundbreaking solar home system

June 27, 2017 | San Francisco, CA; Nairobi, Kenya; New Delhi, India. Off-grid solar solutions provider d.light has launched a flagship solar home system that promises to give consumers even more energy options for less money.

$10.5 Million More for d.light Brings Its Total Off-Grid Solar Funding to Over $40 Million in Four Months

January 16, 2017 | Norfund, Beyond the Grid, and Shell Foundation to help d.light finance affordable payments for off-grid solar lighting solutions 

d.light Encourages Growth of Off-Grid Solar at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

January 16, 2017 | Developing regions without access to reliable energy, banking and the Internet at risk of being left behind in Fourth Industrial Revolution

Looking to leapfrog the power grid, d.light raises $22 million for solar in emerging markets

September 21, 2016 | The development of mobile payment platforms, increasing options for providing debt, and cheaper and better off-grid solar power systems are presenting countries around the world with a chance to leapfrog the archaic electricity infrastructure that defined the twentieth century.

d.light Raises $22.5 Million In Financing To Fund Global Solar Energy Solutions

September 21, 2016 | d.light, a global leader in solar solutions for those beyond the range of traditional and reliable electricity, has secured $22.5 million in financing to further grow its PayGo business, as well as support its mission of providing solar energy solutions around the world.

D.light Raises $22.5M for Off-Grid Solar as Energy Giants Take Notice

September 21, 2016 | Nearly two months after solar lantern startup d.light design expanded its pay-as-you-go financing system for solar lanterns and home solar systems, the company has raised $22.5 million in a Series D debt and equity round to help scale that financing solution globally.

This Startup Has Brought Off-Grid Solar to 65 Million People

September 21, 2016 | Decade-old startup d.light has sold solar-powered lanterns and lights to millions of customers in off-grid rural areas like Sub-Saharan Africa.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: An energy option for 30% of the world’s population

August 15, 2016 | We sat down with Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun, founders of d.light, a global social enterprise aiming to improve the lives of the two billion people in the developing world that live without access to reliable energy.

July 8, 2015 | d.light’s new A1 solar lantern will enable customers to save 20% of their daily income 

d.light Expands Its Financing Platform for Off-Grid Solar Home Systems 

June 30, 2016 | Solar lantern startup d.light design is licensing its pay-as-you-go financing to its partners and distributors across the globe to scale the reach of its solar lights and home systems.

d.light Reaches 50 Million Lives Empowered

May 18, 2015 | Solar company achieves unprecedented scale for social enterprise, turns focus to greater impact

Featured News

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Is the sun rising on an African solar revolution? VIDEO

BBC news interviews Kenyan solar trader selling d.light's S2 and S20

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The Business Case For Off-Grid Energy in India

The Climate Group has published a study identifying promising off-grid energy business models in India with the greatest potential for scale-up, spotlighting d.light.

Verizon: Introducing the Verizon Powerful Answers Award Winners for 2014

d.light’s mobile-enabled energy distribution grid is one the top three winning ideas in the sustainability category.

USAID Frontlines: Solar Firm Says Power Africa Is Putting a Spotlight on Energy Access

Power Africa’s Adi Raval interviews Ned Tozun, President and Co-founder of d.light.

Forbes: Is Social Impact Investing The Next Venture Capital?

A discussion on the growth of impact investment, citing d.light as a successful example.

Forbes: Bite-Size Payments Go Global: Solar’s Next Challenge

d.light reaches 500,000 Pay-As-You-Go customers; launches access initiative.

Slate: Bay Area Start Up Gets Progressive on Energy

San Francisco company d.light aims to bring electricity to the masses with its affordable solar-powered products.

The Guardian: The base of the pyramid: will selling to the poor pay off?

The concept of serving the world’s poorest four billion or so people has been popular since CK Prahalad introduced the idea a decade ago.

World Economic Forum: Fastest path to universal energy? Let the market decide

BoP customers are savvy, demanding and selective, and willing to invest in bright, safe light delivered from off-grid solar light and power products.

Press Releases


d.light Wins Verizon Powerful Answers Award

February 3, 2015 | Solar company accelerates energy access in developing world by leveraging mobile networks

 d.light Reaches 500,000th Pay-As-You-Go Customer, Launches Access Initiative (PDF)

July 22, 2014 | Company announces strategic focus to scale solar through financing globally.

d.light Hits 125,000 Solar Home Systems Milestone (PDF)

May 08, 2014 | Company leads industry in sales of upgradeable, maintenance-free, easy-to-install solar in developing world.

d.light Leaders Named 2014 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year (PDF)

March 24, 2014 | Schwab Foundation award highlights global impact and innovation of social enterprises.

d.light Announces $11 Million Series C Financing, Expands Board of Directors (PDF)

February 25, 2014 | Growth financing led by DFJ and Omidyar Network, including participation from all existing investors.