The US alone uses an exorbitant amount of energy, most of which comes from resources that are not sustainable and are touted to impact climate change. At the same time, the systems that we run require some form of power now that computers run everything from banking to email to utilities and everything between and beyond. At the same time, access to power is creating a divide between the modern world and more rural areas that do not have access to electricity in the same way, which limits opportunities for employment and education.
The resources often used by these communities to generate light and other basic human needs—kerosene, for example—can be unhealthy and dangerous, especially when used in unsafe, makeshift lamps. It can also be very expensive and keep families in these areas in poverty.
Thankfully, these ten companies are out the save the environment and the world, by creating a brighter, cleaner, more sustainable future for all.
These are the top 10 renewable energy companies that are making a positive impact on the world:
Pollinate Energy is bringing solar power to the poorest parts of India all the while making a positive impact on the planet. They provide products that range from lanterns to stoves to fans. Beyond that, they also offer access to knowledge about clean energy to help shape a better future. They offer easy payment plans that are also forgiving, because their mission is to maximize the social benefit of their efforts, not their profits.
Solar Village Project is a nonprofit that provides solar power to some of the poorest communities in the world, including ones in both Africa and India. By offering long-lasting power paid for by donors, the project helps family replace expensive and environmentally-unfriendly kerosene, and gives them access to lights and home-based cellphone charging. With their phones, these communities gain access to information which can also help usher them into a lifestyle in which they feel less marginalized.
Renewable World is helping the planet by making renewable energy available to everyone, even those who are extremely poor, and so are improving the lives of people as well as the state of our atmosphere. They enrich these people’s lives and livelihoods by providing them renewable energy resources to better their health, educations, and incomes.
WindAid is providing sustainable energy in Peru with the help of volunteers who can stay for four weeks or in a longer term arrangement. Volunteers who need not have any background in engineering or energy are trained to assist in implementing wind turbines to provide clean, renewable energy. Plus, the addition of the turbines creates jobs for people within these communities to provide income as well as a healthier environment.
SELF is helping people worldwide by using creative solar energy solutions that reach far beyond lighting. They have a track record that extends back to 1990 to bring this renewable energy source to even the most remote locations. Their creative solutions include using solar energy for telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest and online learning in South Africa. By opening up business opportunities as well as creating the tools needed for better healthcare and education, they open a world of possibilities to people from around the globe, regardless of financial standing or their rural location.
Everybody Solar is bringing renewable energy to the folks who help others. Using donations, they offer sustainable energy to help offset costs for other groups who are making a difference in the world. Some of their past projects include a homeless shelter for veterans, a science center, and a studio that helps provide opportunities to at-risk youth in urban areas. By helping those who help others, Everybody Solar keeps the positive impacts revolving.
Solutions Project is on a mission to convert the whole world to renewable, sustainable energy. By offering information and framing conversion less like a burden and more like a celebration, they generate excitement for sustainable energy projects that is infectious. This joyful campaigning for a better future is backed by initiatives that bring people together to reshape the way we look at energy. They work with wind, water, and sun to usher in a 100% sustainable energy future.
SolarAid is providing solar lights to communities in places like Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia so that they can live safer and healthier all the while improving the environment. Access to high-quality solar lights means that the families in these places no longer have to rely on kerosene which pollutes the environment and can be very dangerous. Plus, by no longer having to purchase kerosene, they help families keep more of their hard-earned money.
Energy Revolution uses donations to invest in renewable, clean energy sources like wind and sun. Since their inception in 2015, they have donated to renewable energy charities such as Bristol Energy Co-op and The Converging World, all in the name of a cleaner, more sustainable world.
SunWork helps those who are helping the environment and themselves in. For those homes in California who have already reduced their energy consumption to a minimum, SunWork, with the help of their volunteers, helps install solar panels. By cutting the cost to convert to solar to only a third, they grow the number of people who are able to contribute to a sustainable future.