Increasing access to solar lighting and power devices in off-grid communities.
Solar power has the potential to provide essential services to people without reliable electricity access. D-Lab works with organizations based in off-grid regions to identify appropriate technologies and business models that can meet the needs of specific communities. We also develop and curate resources to increase access to information related to off-grid solar technologies.
Featured Projects & Programs
SOLAR LIGHTING PRODUCT COMPARISON
Provides aggregated information about solar lighting products in easy-to-read comparative charts, allowing for more informed purchasing decisions. Includes a Full Product Database of over 100 solar lantern and solar lighting and power systems that have passed Lighting Global's Quality Assurance testing and a Products and Distributors by Country resource. Solar Lighting Product Comparison
SOLAR LANTERN FIELD EVALUATION IN MOROCCO
MIT D-Lab conducted an assessment among off-grid rural households in Morocco that indicated a demand for solar lighting products in these communities. Following this assessment, D-Lab partnered with TOTAL Maroc, al Amana Microfinance, and several local retail shops to test the market for solar lanterns in communities in rural Morocco. Read more.
OFF-GRID SOLAR IN EL SALVADOR
D-Lab researchers worked with students from the D-Lab: Energy I class and NGO ASAPROSAR to conduct an energy needs assessment in the off-grid village El Sauce, El Salvador. Based on the results of and the assessment, D-Lab and ASAPROSAR introduced installed a solar home system in a church, where many people congregate on a daily basis. Read more.