D.Light design, a Development Marketplace (DM) grantee (through the Lighting Africa Program in 2008), was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world’s largest annual award in the renewable energy and sustainability sector.
"We are very honored to win the Zayed Future Energy Prize," said d.light Chairman and CEO Donn Tice. "d.light represents an essential part of the future of energy: small-scale, distributed energy solutions at the community, household and individual level. Winning this prize will enable us to transform millions more lives that we would not otherwise reach as quickly. This is not just a win for d.light, but for everyone without access to reliable grid power.“
d.light was selected in the small and medium size enterprise category. The prize is presented annually to companies that have shown outstanding, innovative achievements and leadership in the global search for a sustainable energy future. Prize winners were selected via a rigorous four-stage process that enlists the expertise of distinguished leaders around the world from a total pool of 579 applicants.
Established in 2008, the Zayed Prize honors the legacy of environmental protection and concern for conservation of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi’s late ruler and Founder of the United Arab Emirates. The Prize aims to create a community spirit among the world’s most gifted and pioneering innovators and leaders driven around four key criteria: long-term vision, innovation, leadership and impact. d.light design has been at the forefront of the solar powered lighting market. “We are on a mission to transform the lives of 100 million people in the developing world by 2020,” continued Tice. “This past October, we reached a major milestone, empowering 10 million lives with our solar lanterns in over 40 countries around the world. With this prize, we’re poised to accelerate our reach.”