Started in 2016, Lighting Lives aims to impact the lives of communities through clean energy access, triggering socio-economic growth and development. The program has evolved from providing electricity to deprived communities to adopting schools as a whole and transforming the delivery of education. We closely work with students as well, to educate them on integral issues about sustainability, clean energy and the environment, and shape their minds for a cleaner and greener future.
The programme is aligned to the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 7 of the 2030 Agenda.
The programme’s objective is to transform education through clean energy access and sensitize the youth on the importance of using renewables through the following-
Electrifying schools (with less than 3 hours of electricity) with solar energy
Establishing digital labs to facilitate and enhance digital education
Creating green ambassadors through advocacy on energy and environment
As of date, ReNew Power has electrified 61 schools, directly impacting the lives of around 25000 students by the following:
- Facilitating better learning environment through access to electricity
- Enhancing digital knowledge through establishment of computer labs
- Increasing learning levels and contributing towards increasing student enrolments across govt. schools
ReNew Foundation firmly believes that the youth are the primary-stakeholders in our fight against climate change, and efforts should be made to make them active drivers in the climate change mitigation narrative. With the ongoing climate emergency, and given that the youth face the highest degree of climate risk, we make efforts to educate, influence and empower the youth, especially the student community on the topics related to clean energy, sustainability, environment and climate change. We also encourage environmental conservation in our targeted schools across rural and urban areas.
We conduct workshops for these schools under ReNew Power’s employee volunteering program, where a ReNew Power employee visits these schools and conducts these sessions with live models, and AV material to educate them on the nuances of clean energy.
Additionally, the students of these schools get a first-hand immersion on the experience of installation and monitoring of the solar systems.
For ReNew Foundation, thought-leadership becomes a critical tool to partner with leading stalwarts of the climate change and sustainability narratives, and deliberate on sustainable solutions for some of the leading problems the world, including India face today.
By organizing roundtables, conferences, information sessions and dialogues, ReNew Foundation has brought together a wide array of thought-leaders under its banner, and brought out their views which are documented as reports and presented to policy-makers, who are also part of these events, for policy interventions on a grass-root and systemic level.
ReNew Foundation works with leading national and multilateral international organizations working in sectors like energy, sustainability, social responsibility and so on, to organize thought-leadership events.