How To Become Involved with Lighting 1 Billion Liv

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Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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Monday, September 8, 2008

This blog is intended to network my friends/connections from the United States and those I have had the privilege of getting to know in India and particularly at TERI and their "Light Up A Billion Lives Program". I hope that this program will be of interest and support to what you are doing and that you may play a role in "Lighting the Lives of a Billion People".   

For this program to reach the gigantic scale in the objective it will take a spectacular effort and dedication on many people and organizations - including some who are reading this.  It seems to me that TERI, an independent institute, under the leadership of Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Pachauri (with the credibility that that awards adds to this program) has the potential to integrate and catalyze the many diverse efforts that so many are doing in the solar energy field.  TERI and the LABL program could provide the necessary  impartial test bed that will provide documented information to all who are interested and allow the many groups that are doing testing to focus their efforts on implementation.  Vendor/Partners will have the opportunity to learn from these results and produce better solutions at lower prices - elements that are key if the 1 billion lights goal is to be actually achieved.

I have included on the distribution of these two blogs associated with the program:

Dr. Walter Kohn, -  Walter Kohn - Nobel Prize Chemistry - 1998.  Walter is professor-emeritus at the University of California at Santa Barbara (walking distance from my home) and has produced an excellent video The Power of the Sun - by Walter Kohn

Shuji Nakamura
- Shuji is also a professor at UCSB and was the inventor of the LED while he was in Japan.  Shuji Nakamura in Time Magazine Shuji continues to work on next generation LED's.

Matt Tirrell
- Matt is Dean of the Engineering School at UCSB and is particularly focused at integrating technology with sound business practices.

Dave Irvine-Halliday
was founder and visionary of Light Up The World Foundation and is a Professor at Calgary University.  Here is an article on Dave. LUTW Foundation is providing solar/led solutions in many areas of the world.

For those who want to enter into contact with TERI - the initial contact person is Namarata Kala at She was my wonderful host during the visit.

In closing - I would like to share my appreciation of Suri Penurolu   who is the CEO and Founder of Microsol International a Solar Cell Manufacturer - headquartered in Hyderabad, India and manufacturing in Dubai.  Verghese of Byrraju Foundation introduced me to Suri at a club that they are both members of in Hyderabad.  After spending a half hour with Suri and telling him about what I am involved with - he told me that I must meet a friend of his - Dr. Pachauri and work together with him and his organization.  He suggested that I use his name when asking for an appointment.  Vikash, also using his own contacts, succeeded in setting up the meeting with TERI and it wound up working at a time the Dr. Pachauri could see me.

That's a lot of amazing circumstances, which I am honored and delighted to have been a part of.  This is a tremendous program - and it would please me if any of you reading this blog will find something of use to you and that you in turn can become a part of achieving the goal of "Lighting a Billion Lives".

Please network directly among yourselves.  Please keep me informed and let me know if there is any way I can help.
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dirvineh on

LUTW & Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL)
It is too long since we were last in touch. Jenny and I still talk about the great time we had staying at your home a few years back!

I was absolutely delighted to read of your trip to India and your meeting at TERI with Dr. Pachauri, a truly wonderful human being.

In the interest of time please excuse me copying some of the emails between myself and LaBL, but as Jenny and I are shortly to head out the door to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary I want/need to take the dog for a wee run first.

You will see from the emails that Light Up The World (LUTW) would love to partner with LaBL and I am confident that it will happen in the very near future. As always some new funding would greatly accelerate the process.

I will be in touch again very shortly to bring you up to date with LUTW's progress and I think you will be very pleasantly surprised - 44 countries and counting and well into our 2nd decade!

Take care old friend and keep up the great work.


Neha Misra wrote: 16May2008

Dear Dave,

Namaste! It is my pleasure to hear from you and learn more about Light Up the World Foundation. At the very onset, please do accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your mail. I had been extensively traveling over last couple of weeks and was then quite unwell. I am feeling much better now.

Thank you very much for your kind words of encouragement for Lighting a Billion Lives Campaign. Please also accept my heartiest congratulations for your fantastic work and tireless efforts to bring light to people across the world! I agree with you that there are tremendous synergies between LUTW and Lighting a Billion Lives Campaign. As you are aware, we had launched the campaign as Lighting a Million Lives and have since then scaled up our commitment to bring light to a billion people around the world through solar solutions. There is much work to be done in making this vision a reality and we at TERI are counting on strong partnership with individuals and organizations around the world in building a brighter world.

Please do share your views on how LUTW and TERI may join hands in times to come. Would LUTW be perhaps willing to support few of LaBL villages in India where there would be tremendous impact on local communities ? Our endeavor in all LaBL projects is to use electricity as means to an end rather than an end in itself. We do this by integrating livelihood generation activities as well an ongoing health and education programs in the campaign. Our team would also be very keen to learn more about the cost and specific design features of lighting solutions being used by LUTW and any article/ journal paper that you may suggest in this regard would be very useful.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Warm Regards

Neha Misra
Energy Economist
The Energy and Resources Institute , North America (TERI NA)
Suite 6432, 6th Floor
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC, 20004
Telephone No: (202) 742-6653
Fax No: (202) -742-6501


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05/05/2008 12:37 AM

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LUTW & TERI (Neha Misra)

Ms Neha Misra
The Energy and Resources Institute
Suite 6432, 6th Floor
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC, 20004

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Sunday, 4 May 2008

Dear Ms. Neha Misra,

During the process of writing a letter regarding the possibility of the Light Up The World Foundation (LUTW) receiving a complimentary invitation to attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual meeting in September 2008, it dawned on me that I should also be writing to The Energy and
Resource Institute.

It was only recently that I learned that the truly excellent initiative "Lighting a Million Lives in India (LaML)", had been upgraded to Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL).
You may be interested to know that LUTW lit its first villages, orphanage and hospital operating theatre in India in 2001, and three years ago I was invited to meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to outline why SSL was the only way that hundreds of millions of rural villagers would ever be able to afford electric lighting.
Our meeting was a great success.

LaBL is thus in essence a manifestation of LUTW, as it has been our goal since our conception in 1997 to bring (affordably) the Gift of Light to the developing world.

I believe it is fair to claim that LUTW is the world leader in bringing Renewable Energy based Solid State Lighting (SSL) to the Base of the Pyramid (BOP), since we have over the past decade illuminated the lives of hundreds of thousands in 42 countries.

LUTW has developed a suite of SSL products, based on the world's best White LEDs (WLED), which include our very low cost Pico Lamp (a single very bright
WLED lamp, NiMH batteries and a 2 Watt solar panel); our Light in a Box (two very bright WLED lamps, a 12 Volt sealed lead acid battery and a 5 Watt solar
panel); Light in a Box Plus (which includes a Cell Phone charger).
In addition since 1999 we have produced a variety of WLED bulbs for torches/flashlights, and my WLED headlamp was a world first on our Everest expedition in the summer of 2000.

Philips Lighting of Eindhoven, Netherlands has partnered with LUTW in order to provide economy of scale SSL products affordable by the BOP and they are
presently completing the market version of the LUTW prototype Light in a Box Plus, which I will take back to South African shanty towns in the next few months.
In 2007 the demand by shanty town families to purchase, on the spot, our Light in a Box Plus prototype was nothing short of astonishing - and so very heartening!

LUTW continues to raise the bar regarding developing world 'standards' for lamp lumen output and Lumen-Hour per $, and our fundamental philosophy is to help
establish wholly owned local companies which create wealth and employment, thus enabling many families to escape the poverty trap.

LUTW has introduced SSL to the likes of Stanford and MIT in the USA, and numerous universities and NGO's all over the world.
Shuji Nakamura, the inventor of the White LED and recipient of the prestigious 2006 Millennium Technology Prize, is a personal friend who donated a significant portion of his Prize to LUTW.
Sir Richard Branson has seen and approves of our SSL systems, which has led to my teaching Renewable Energy and SSL courses at the Branson School of Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg, South Africa, and I am scheduled to return to the Ghana Telecom University College in Accra to teach similar material.

For the past decade all of us at LUTW have shown a total commitment to help raise the quality of living of those at the BOP, and the following two quotes from President Clinton will help to explain why I believe LUTW aught to be partnering with TERI in some meaningful manner:

NY Times 29Aug2006 - President Clinton in Rwanda:

"Mr. Clinton was joined on his trip by Sir Tom Hunter, a Scottish entrepreneur who has promised to spend $100 million of his fortune in collaboration
with the foundation, much of it on economic development.

"Tom, where's Tom?" Mr. Clinton called out excitedly as he chatted with representatives of a nonprofit group that promotes solar-powered lights during an event here in Rwinkwavu.

What if Rwanda could manufacture such lights locally? Mr. Clinton mused. Why not electrify villages so children can study at night? "It might be possible to get a factory here that would serve all of central Africa!"

2 May 2008 Reuters - Mid-year update of his Clinton Global Initiative

"In a mid-year update of his Clinton Global Initiative summit held each September, Clinton gave a progress report of the commitments, including one by Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the U.N.'s climate science panel.

'He has a little idea with massive potential implications,' Clinton said about Pachauri's CGI commitment, 'Lighting a Million Lives in India.' Since the agreement, Pachauri's nonprofit group, called The Energy and Resources Institute, has brought 30,000 solar-powered lanterns to 300 Indian villages.

The lanterns allow children to study and adults to work past sunset in rural India, where some 78 million homes lack electricity, while eliminating
unhealthy kerosene lantern fumes as well as greenhouse gas emissions."

The following two articles on LUTW provide excellent independent summaries of who we are and what we do:

LUTW has amassed a significant amount of data supporting the affordability of SSL for those at the BOP and I will gladly send you copies of our Journal papers and reports if you wish. Numerous videos and a National Geographic Special have also been made on our work.

I look forward to your reply.

Take care and please accept my heart felt congratulations for the wonderful achievements of TERI to date.


Dr. Dave Irvine-Halliday M.S.M, P.Eng.
Co-Founder Light Up The World
LUTW University Professor
University of Calgary, Canada
Tel: 403-220-5941 (O), Cell: 403-620-7477, Tel: 403-239-8317 (H) , Web:

100,000+ lives illuminated in 42 Countries.
For life - $200 lights a home, $800 lights a health clinic and $2,500 lights a school.

martysb on

Good To Here From You
Hi Dave - what a pleasure it is to reconnect with you and to find out that things are going so well for you and your work - it delights me, and I too have fond memories of your and Jenny's staying with me. I am delighted to hear that you are a significant part of this project and are teamed up with a group with the influence and clout of Dr. Pachauri and TERI.

Happy Anniversary to you and Jenny.

Warmest Regards,


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