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a list of social enterprises committed to overcoming energy poverty in developing communities.

SunFunder. Invest in Solar Energy. Light up the World.

SunFunder, based in San Francisco, is  a social enterprise building a crowdfunding platform for in

Mera Gao Micro Grid Power. Solar-powered network systems for rural off-grid villages.

The world’s off-grid population – who are also the world’s poorest – not onl

BioLite. Energy everywhere.

Brooklyn-based BioLite has developed a cookstove technology that provides heat and electricity, fuel

Eight19. Transforming lives with flexible solar technology.

Cambridge, UK-based Eight19 combines an innovative technology (organic solar PV) and an innovative

TinkerToys. E-waste to e-toys.

Designer/engineer Dhairya Dand is the brain behind ThinkerToys, an open-source project to recycle a

Supply chain distribution: The major “roadblock” to eradicating energy poverty.

This blog post will be entered in the World Environment Day Blog Competition, organized by UNEP and

sOccket. Harnessing the passion.

sOccket, a project developed by four female students as a class assignment at Harvard, is a unique,

OsmoPure. When clean water is this easy, nobody should go thirsty.

OsmoPure, based in Boston, MA, designs a water filtration cartridge that fits easily into a plastic

Waste2Watts. Solutions-based recycling.

Waste2Watts, based in Atlant, GA, is a for-profit social entreprise with a mission to address energy

The Blue Economy. A new way of designing business.

I consider myself to be pretty up-to-date on interesting energy companies and initiatives, and then

LuminAID. An inflatable solar light.

Incubated at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, the LuminAID solar lamp is an ultra-

EGG-energy. Building the Portable Grid.

EGG-energy is a for-profit social enterprise, targeting the off-grid market in Tanzania to provide

NOKERO and Enèji Pwòp. Bringing solar-powered light to rural Haiti.

The staff of Watt Now is finally back from Haiti! And we’ve got lots of exciting projects to r

Simpa Networks. Radical Affordability.

Simpa Networks, based in Bangalore, India, provides affordable access to solar energy through a R

Border Green Energy Team. Using sustainability as a model for development.

The Border Green Energy Team (BGET) was founded in 2005 and brings renewable energy and sustainable

A Liter of Light. Isang Litrong Liwanag.

Recipe: Solar Bottle Bulb (55-60W) Ingredients: Used plastic bottle (50cl-1l), water, bleach, a shee

Sanergy. Building Sustainable Sanitation in Urban Slums.

Sanergy was started by a group of MIT grads – a mix of MBAs, engineers, and designers –

Promethean Power Systems

Solar Powered Refrigeration.         The market: Dairy industry in India. The pr


blueEnergy is a non-profit organization that builds hybrid wind-solar systems for isolated communiti

EarthSpark International

Eradicating Energy Poverty in Haiti. Here is how EarthSpark International poses the “issueR


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