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 avoided
generated from a renewable energy source
saved in energy-related expenses
school-aged children reached with solar lighting
productive hours created
99% 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…
Our Approach to
TTo achieve our ambitious social impact goals, d.light employs a rigorous data-driven approach to measure impact across our key impact metrics. We use sales data, customer feedback, and ongoing product evaluation in the field to provide a comprehensive picture of how access to energy transforms the lives of our customers.
For solar products, our impact numbers are calculated using GOGLA standardized impact metrics. For non-solar products or impact metrics not defined by GOGLA, we adapt the methodology. Our impact metrics include:
Lives Transformed: All products we sell are designed to create a transformation in the lives of our customers. We assume that even if a product is primarily used by one person in a household, the entire household benefits in some way. We apply household size and discount factors outlined by the GOGLA methodology but count multiple transformations for one household. For example, if a family purchases a solar lantern and later purchases a clean cook stove and a pay-go solar home system, we count their lives being transformed three separate times.
CO₂ Offset: We calculate this based on the GOGLA methodology for solar products and use third party carbon credit methodologies for products outside of this category (such as for clean cook stoves).
GWH generated from renewable energy source: This metric applies to solar products and is calculated using the GOGLA methodology.
$s saved from Energy Related Expenses: This metric applies to solar products and is calculated using the GOGLA methodology.
School-aged children reached with solar lighting: We calculate this based on the average number of school-aged children in households. This metric only applies to solar products we sell with a lighting component.
Productive Hours created: This metric applies to solar products and is calculated using the GOGLA methodology.
At d.light, we are committed to improving the lives of our customers and to making a positive impact in the communities we serve. By measuring our impact through these metrics, we ensure that we are on track to achieve our social impact goals and that we continue to make a difference in the lives of our customers.
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
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Powering OpportunityThe Economic Impact of Off-Grid SolarDownload PDF
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