In conjunction with the Global BrightLight Foundation, 60,000 solar lanterns were provided to off-grid households in developing countries.
Without access to a reliable and affordable source of energy, remote communities are the most prone to poverty and low-quality living conditions. Off-grid solutions are sometimes the most efficient way to give them access to clean energy. Priced comparatively to similar kerosene lanterns, the solar lanterns were provided to the communities through a pay-as-you-go program to ensure that the beneficiaries take ownership and responsibility for the lanterns and their care.
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Replacing kerosene, candles or – in some cases – animal waste with clean solar lanterns will improve indoor air quality, facilitate greater access to education, enhance personal safety and enrich the quality of life of these communities. The simple provision of solar light will generate opportunities – even economic ones – that many currently lack.
In August 2013 we reached our halfway mark, completing the distribution of 25,000 lamps. In May 2014, we completed the placement of over 60,000 lamps, exceeding our original commitment of 50,000. This would not have been possible without the help of our main partner, the Global BrightLight Foundaiton and the local NGOs that helped make this commitment a reality across the world. To read testimonies and more about the commitment, please download our 2014 Annual Report.