Empowered by Light’s solar energy projects empower vulnerable communities to leapfrog dirty fossil fuels and grow their economies while protecting unique ecosystems.
These solar initiatives are designed to be sustainable over the long term, under local control. Empowered by Light partners with local people who help with installation, logistics, navigating cultural sensitivities, and ongoing operations. Many projects generate revenue that can pay for maintenance and lay the foundation for further community-based sustainable development. Empowered by Light monitors larger systems remotely in real time using cloud-based technology, offering additional assistance if problems crop up.
Empowered by Light’s projects enable communities to build better futures for themselves. And they empower the protectors — indigenous people who live in fragile ecosystems and whose lives and cultures are tied to the land, water, air, flora and fauna of special places around the world.
Empowered by Light has completed 26 solar energy projects in seven countries, and has several projects planned or underway. For more information, please see below.
In Puerto Rico, we are working with SunRun and GivePower to install solar microgrids and water production systems on fire stations and in communities.
In Nepal, our work is focused on training women to become clean energy entrepreneurs and supporting rangers who are protecting endangered wildlife in Chitwan National Park.
In the Congo, our work is focused on supporting rangers who are protecting endangered mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, the oldest national park in Africa.
In Zambia, our work is focused on helping schools improve academic performance and promote a cleaner, safer and healthier environment for their students and staff.
In Brazil, we support indigenous communities that are fighting to protect the Amazon Basin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that serves as the embattled lungs of our planet and is critically important to the health of our planet as a whole.
The work we do in Ecuador is similar to the work we do in Brazil. We support indigenous communities fighting to protect the critically important Amazon Basin.
In Columbia, we support the indigenous U’wa people who live in the country’s Cloud Forest and consider themselves defenders of the Earth.
In the United States, we work hand in glove with Native American communities to develop clean, renewable energy projects.