Already, we have distributed 14.5 million LED bulbs to over 3 million households across India, preventing 1.3 million Tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
How big is the problem we’re solving?
It’s far-reaching. Millions of the rural poor in Least Developed Countries (LDC) utilize lighting, which is highly inefficient such as CFL’s and places a significant demand on power grids that typically use thermal power plants (TPP) for electrification. This results in more coal being burned.
It is estimated that lighting alone accounts for nearly 5% of global CO2 emissions, and many in developing economies still rely on ICLs that place significant pressure on peak power demand resulting in power shortages.
This inefficiency also means low-income families can spend as much as 10% of their income on electricity.
One of the principal barriers to equitable and quality education is efficient, reliable light sources, which disproportionally impact female children who are more likely to invest in their education after household labor is complete, typically after daylight hours. The cost of high-quality LEDs prohibits the rural poor from accessing this technology.