This SocialBusiness.org top list of renewable energy enterprises spans a breadth of innovations that hope to make clean and affordable energy more accessible in the Majority World.
Many of these social enterprises, like Solar Sister for example, incorporate an entrepreneurial ethos into their business model. More specifically, Solar Sister helps to move women from the passive to the active in terms of technological use and consumption by providing them with a "business in a bag."
These renewable energy enterprises are part of a larger initiative to eliminate the use of kerosene lamps, which are dirty, dangerous and expensive sources of light. Indeed, the UN's annual Human Development Report argues, "Clean energy offers the potential to alleviate poverty, reduce health impacts from indoor air pollution and drive social and economic development, while mitigating energy's impact on the climate."
From Carbon-Negative Stoves to Sustainable Sanitation Systems
Illuminated Education Incentives
Selco Solar Provides Developing Countries an Opportunity
Urban Slum Sanitation
Sanergy Turns Kenyan Toilets into Green Social Enterprises
Sustainable Sanitation Systems
'San+Co.' is a Social Enterprise Tackling Waste and Electricity
Rural Power Fixes
Solar Energy Lights African Huts and Changes Lives Far from the Grid
Low-Cost Solar Lanterns
D.Light Design Wins Ashden Award for a Lamp Brighter than Kerosene
Design-Focused LED Lanterns
â€˜d.lightâ€™ Offers Affordable Solar Lamps to Rural Communities
Energy Poverty Entrepreneurs
Solar Sister Targets Women to Sell Lamps and Improve Livelihoods
Nuru Uses LED Lights to Create Jobs and Promote Safety in Rural Rwanda
Inyenyeri Uses Crowdsourced Biofuel to Transform Energy Systems in Rwanda
Simpa Networks Offers Solar Power to Underserved Markets in India