d.light design has been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize in the "small and medium size enterprise" category.
Abu Dhabi, 15 January, 2013 - d.light design has been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize in the “small and medium size enterprise” category. The annual award celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability.
This category was open to small and medium sized businesses that have made a clear impact in the industry by disseminating a particular solution, or through enhancing knowledge, awareness, policy development or technology. d.light is a for-profit social enterprise that designs, manufactures and distributes solar light and power products throughout the developing world. By winning this award, d.light confirms its strong track record of bringing innovative solutions to the industry and demonstrates its ability to apply these innovations effectively in the field.
"We are very honored to win the Zayed Future Energy Prize," said d.light Chairman and CEO Donn Tice. “We are on a mission to transform the lives of 100 million people in the developing world by 2020. This past October, we reached a major milestone, empowering 10 million lives with our solar lanterns in over 40 countries around the world. With this prize, we’re poised to accelerate our reach.”
By honoring and rewarding those who are actively addressing the current energy crisis, the prize organizers hope to educate and inspire future leaders and innovators.
"d.light represents an essential part of the future of energy - small-scale, distributed energy solutions at the community, household and individual level,” continued Tice. “Winning this prize will enable us to transform millions more lives that we would not have otherwise reach as quickly. This is not just a win for d.light, but for everyone without access to reliable grid power. “
This recognition is not only significant for the individual company, but for the off-grid lighting industry as a whole. It demonstrates the growing interest and acknowledgement of the importance and impact that efficient off-grid lighting solutions have on solving energy access issues that impact over one-quarter of the world’s population.