Light the World Update
Welcome to the November update from Light the World, a Non-Profit, Charitable Organization dedicated to bringing cost effective electricity to the 1.2 Billion People who live without lighting when the sun goes down.
501(c)3 Update … GREAT NEWS !
Light the World is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Georgia. It is also licensed Georgia charity. Light the World now has 501(c)3 status under the US Internal Revenue Code. Being granted this status by the IRS is important since most US foundations require this classification for grant recipients. In addition, contributions by individuals to Light the World can now be deducted by on US income taxes.
Light the World plans to deliver 500 pilot systems in 2014. We have now submitted a proposal to deploy pilot systems to a utility in Africa. Negotiations are just beginning, but we hope to have an agreement before the end of the year. In addition, we have interest from a utility in Southeast Asia. We plan to begin discussion with them in January.
Micro Grid Specification
Version 1 of the residence level micro grid specification has been issued for comment. Please contact Scott Dudzinski to obtain a copy if you would like to review the spec and comment.
Urgently Recruiting Design Volunteers
Meeting our objective of delivering 500 pilot systems in 2014 and 15,000+ systems every year thereafter is highly dependent on having sufficient design volunteers.
The high level design concepts for Light the World's DC mini grid, micro grid, and lighting solutions are posted on the website. Light the World is actively recruiting volunteers to help complete its systems and component designs. We need the help of people with experience in electrical and solar system design, LED lighting, electronic design, electronic packaging, lighting design, protection engineers, circuit board layout, selecting electrical components, manufacturing engineering and more. Volunteers can contribute any amount of time that their schedule permits. In fact, having one hour of the right person’s time can make a big difference. Sign up at : http://light-the-world.org/index.php/sign-up/sign-up-here
Help Recruit Friends of Light the World!
We would like to greatly expand the number of people registered as “Light the World” friends. If you know of others who may be interested in how Light the World plans to bring electricity and lighting to some of the 1.2 billion people in the world who live by firelight, please encourage them to register: Signing up is easy, just click on “Register Here” on the homepage or go to: http://light-the-world.org/index.php/sign-up/sign-up-here
Light the Worlds Expanding Social Media Presence
We are expanding our presence on social media to try to gather more support in our effort to bring electricity and lighting to those who live by firelight. You can check out our sites at:
Google + https://plus.google.com/+Light-the-worldOrg
Here is the link to month’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoNmw166ras
Thank you for your contributions
We are rapidly approaching the time when we will need to order prototypes of equipment we would supply as part of our micro grid system. If you would like to contribute, you can do so through the website. To those who have contributed, thank you.
Electricity’s Positive Impact (http://light-the-world.org/index.php/media-news/87-gender-inequity-electrification-in-india)
According to the World Bank Study in India, providing electricity to those who lack it has a very positive impact.. Electricity access:
• Increases school enrollment by almost 6% for boys and 7.4% for girls.
• Employment hours go up by 17% for women and 1.5% for men
• Household income per capita goes up by 38.6%
• The poverty rate declines by 13.3% (Average family of 5, making at or under $1 per day)