What is Lighting a Billion Lives?

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Lighting a Billion Lives© is a global initiative to facilitate clean energy access and the delivery of last mile energy services for basic and productive use. The initiative enables energy poor communities to transition from traditional and inefficient energy sources to modern, more efficient and sustainable energy solutions. Operating through an entrepreneurial model of energy service delivery, Lighting a Billion Lives© accelerates market development for clean energy technologies through knowledge sharing, capacity building and market seeding.

Following its Commitment of Action at the annual meeting of Clinton Global Initiative in 2007 to reach a million lives, Lighting a Billion Lives© launched on-ground operations in 2008 with a revised mission of reaching a billion people across the globe – through the development of innovative delivery models and the creation of unique partnerships across the energy access value chain for a self-sustaining market led energy access ecosystem. The programme offers diverse technology options based on affordability and end user requirements such as, solar lanterns, solar charging stations, micro grids, improved cook stoves, independent home lighting systems and integrated domestic energy systems that address both lighting and cooking energy needs in a single unified system.

The interventions focused their efforts towards the achievement of three main objectives -


To replace inefficient and harmful lighting and cooking methods with efficient, affordable and reliable clean energy alternatives


To enable the productive use of clean energy for enhanced education, better health and improved livelihood opportunities – thereby empowering the poor to escape the poverty trap


To facilitate access and adoption of demand responsive solutions at the last mile through capacity building and enterprise development

Join Laltini in her mission:

  • To make studying a joyful experience with better illumination and no harmful fumes
  • To harness solar power and provide villagers with additional productive hours
  • To make access to medical aid at night a dream come true
  • To promote women’s economic security through solar lighting
  • To improve ecosystems by reducing CO2 emissions


To enable a billion lives the access to clean, affordable and reliable energy solutions


To create sustainable energy provisioning value chains and last mile delivery networks supported by technological innovations, capacity building, awareness and collaborative partnerships


Read Stories of Change Here

Programme Snapshot*

Over4.5 Million Lives Impacted
8,98,000+ Households Illuminated
1,70,000+ Solar Lanterns Disseminated
27,700+ Intergrated Domestic Energy System Installed
17,700Solar Micro Grid Connections Provided
7,600+Solar Home Lighting Systems Installed
60,000+Improved Cook Stove Disseminated
3,100+ Villages Lit Up
24 States Covered
13 Countries
3,000+ Green Jobs

*As on 30th March 2015


Lighting A Billion Lives
The Energy and Resources Institute
Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex
Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003
Tel. : (+91 11) 2468 2100, 41504900
Fax: (+91 11) 2468 2144, 2468 2145
E-mail: labl@teri.res.in

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