a brighter future
MMore than 2 billion people around the world live without reliable access to electricity.
Our solar solutions are making clean energy products universally available and affordable.
tons of CO₂
generated from a renewable energy source
saved in energy-related expenses
school-aged children reached with solar lighting
productive hours created
90% of d.light customers rate their product as a good value for money and would recommend d.light to a friend
Mataisia Town near Kano, NigeriaBala learned about d.light lanterns from his friend.“When I saw the way it was constructed and the quality of the plastic, I was completely convinced…
Primary School, KenyaCheck out the latest field photos from our partnership with…“...the biggest challenge is ensuring all the students come to school and attend class. Now that we have…
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Ayeyarwady Delta, MyanmarDaw Tin Tin Mya, a midwife and nurse in Myanmar,…As a result, the expectant mothers in Shwebo Su village no longer give birth in darkness. Daw can…
IndiaThere is a huge difference using the kerosene lantern and…Janendra, a farmer in rural India, lives in a village without regular electricity. His family relied on kerosene…
TTo meet our ambitious social impact goals, d.light measures impact, including benefits to health, productivity and well-being, through a data-driven approach. We use sales data, customer feedback, and ongoing product evaluation in the field. This provides a comprehensive picture of how access to energy transforms customers' lives. Our impact numbers are calculated from d.light’s developing-world sales and research from the United Nations and International Finance Corporation. These metrics align with the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association’s standardized impact metrics for the off-grid energy sector.
Our Approach to
Social Impact Measurement
d.light’s impact strategy is based on theories of change across four areas of well-being: financial freedom, productivity gains, human health, and environmental health. This blueprint guides d.light’s assessment of the customer experience, from the first purchase of a solar lantern or home system to the longer-term impact of a brighter future. To do this, d.light approaches impact measurement in three ways:
modeling social impact metrics, monitoring customers, and evaluating customer data. This approach produces a deeper understanding of how solar energy affects households that previously relied on poor quality, expensive, and unhealthy alternatives, such as kerosene, candles and diesel. We have developed two theories of change: one for our solar lanterns and one for our home systems. Lives empowered, school-aged children reached and GWhs generated reflect the impact of our whole product range. Money saved, productive hours generated and tons of CO2 offset include impact only from our portable solar lantern products.
d.light has helped pioneer initiatives to standardize impact measurement and is Global Impact Investment Rating System (GIIRS) Certified.
d.light is dedicated to advancing evidence and thought leadership on market-driven social impact. Here you will find impact research, thought pieces, and social impact best practices on the impact of solar energy access.
Quality MattersLighting Global Quality Assurance (QA)Download PDF
Powering Opportunity (Exec Summary)The Economic Impact of Off-Grid SolarDownload PDF
Powering OpportunityThe Economic Impact of Off-Grid SolarDownload PDF
Pioneering PowerTransforming lives through off-grid renewable electricity in Africa and AsiaDownload PDF
Kakuma as a MarketplaceThe evolving global refugee crisis calls for innovative approachesDownload PDF
GSMA – d.light and RE-VOLT:Pay-as-you-go solar service driving mobile money adoption in HaitiDownload PDF