San Francisco, CA
Renewables & Environment
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Why we are in business

Our Purpose

Since d.light’s founding in 2006, Ned and Sam sought to develop the first prototype solar lantern and bring safe, bright, clean lighting and power to people around the globe. d.light envisions a future where everyone is empowered by the freedom and improved quality of life that comes with access to reliable, affordable, clean solar energy. Our mission is to create a brighter future by making clean energy products universally available and affordable. Our primary we hope to have helped to transform the lives of 100 million people before the end of 2020.

Our reason to exist is to provide the most reliable, affordable, and accessible solar lighting to the two billion people in the developing world without access to reliable energy (power homes and businesses in the developing world). A social enterprise, d.light provides distributed solar energy solutions for households and small businesses that are transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy. In order to meet our ambitious social impact goals, d.light adopts a data-driven approach to measuring the impact of our products. d.light’s impact strategy is based on theories of change across four areas of well-being: financial freedom, productivity gains, human health, and environmental health. This approach produces a deeper understanding of how solar energy affects households that previously relied on poor quality, expensive, and unhealthy alternatives, such as kerosene, candles and diesel.

How we operate

Our Practices

We strive to operate our business in a way that maximizes benefit to all life impacted, and to share our practices to inspire other companies to do the same.

What we impact

Our Performance


d.light is made up of a diverse team of top-tier private sector professionals, marketing specialists, design and sourcing experts, along with our incredible field staff. We currently employ over 400 people across China, India, Africa and the United States. Our employees come from different backgrounds that span multiple continents, but we are unified by a common purpose to improve the lives of our customers by making energy access universal.

Today d.light has 400 employees spread across three continents. Creating and maintaining one company culture is no small feat. But each day, we’re working toward having one team culture that every employee can be proud to be part of.

Where to find us


600 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA


Other Locations

  • Shenzhen, China
  • Haryana, India
  • Nairobi, Kenya

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