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Liter of Light Founder Illac Diaz inspects the solar lights built by over 280 students before illuminating the installation in front of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque


Liter of Light sets world record for environmental sustainability

A light installation of 2,400 solar lanterns shone bright in the UAE in celebration of the Zayed Future Energy Prize

  • January 12, 2018

  • Photos courtesy of Liter of Light

Liter of Light just set a Guinness World Record for building solar light to raise awareness and action for the millions of people in the Philippines and around the world who lack access to clean, affordable energy.

The Guinness World Record took place on 10 January 2018 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, under the patronage of the Zayed Future Energy Prize in celebration of its 10th year anniversary. The world’s biggest award for renewable energy and sustainability honored Liter of Light for an innovative lighting solution that addresses the combined challenge of climate change, energy security, and the environment.

Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz with Samer Khallouf the Guiness World Records official adjudicator as they mark the world record for largest sustainability lesson on 10 January 2018.
Students during the workshop proper

The world record attempt called on thousands of students and young volunteers to participate in an environmental sustainability lesson, where they will built simple, repairable solar lanterns. 2,400 lights were rendered into an art installation fronting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at the end of the day.

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A rendering of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE, made from Liter of Light’s community-built solar lights, in front of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Watch the moment the installation was illuminated below:

“Liter of Light’s Guinness World Record endeavor is about more than setting a new milestone for community-built solar lighting,” said Illac Diaz, Founder and Executive Director of the Liter of Light. “In organizing this large-scale action, we want to raise awareness for the millions who continue to live without access to clean energy, including the tens of thousands of Muslim Filipinos in the southern areas of Mindanao.”

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Liter of Light has already brought 131 streetlights and thousands of community-built solar lights to Marawi as part of relief efforts, but tens of thousands remain displaced by the conflict. Without access to electricity, the communities in the post-conflict zone will continue to suffer from increased vulnerability to theft and violence. 


About Liter of Light

Liter of Light is a global, grassroots movement committed to providing affordable, sustainable solar light to people with limited or no access to electricity. The Liter of Light is both a day and night solution that provides passive daylight as well as charged evening solar lights such as lanterns, house lights, and streetlights through local skills building and sourcing electronic parts for building the products at the base of the pyramid instead of merely retailing imported, finished products. See the organization’s latest journey here.

About the Zayed Future Energy Prize

The Zayed Future Energy Prize, established by the United Arab Emirates government in 2008, recognizes organizations, schools, and individuals across the world that have made significant contributions to the future of renewable energy and sustainability. An annual award, the Prize is managed by Masdar, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government and seeks to award achievements and innovation in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, as well as to educate and inspire future generations.