Evan Mills
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Visibility for our issues in The Guardian online
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Can technology free developing countries from light poverty?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Salvatore Chester Aug 16, 2015.

LuminaNET turns two, but future highly uncertain -- we welcome your ideas!

LuminaNET has passed its two-year anniversary.  With over 730 members from 72 countries, 28,000 unique visitors to the website, and tons of member-generated content (more stats…Continue

Started May 28, 2015

Solar lighting for street vendors

Just came across the attached article which presents results from a survey in the city of Dehradun (India). Some interesting highlights: Vendors need light 2.5 hours per day in summer and 3.45 hours…Continue

Started May 22, 2015

LuminaNET Weekly Digest
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Note - These are re-postings of our weekly email "blast" to members.  Some members may have their email preferences set such that they don't receive these wrap-ups, or may just find it easier to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Evan Mills Jun 18, 2015.


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About me

I'm a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focused on energy and climate change topics. As founder of the Lumina Project in the mid-1990s, I developed the first estimate of global energy use for fuel-based lighting and early concepts for applicable LED-based alternatives. Since then, I've conducted many field- and lab-based studies related to off-grid lighting, including foundational work on quality assurance and support during development of Lighting Africa. My latest project is creating LuminaNET.

Off-grid lighting is one of my all-too-many interests. Other stuff is here.

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I run the Lumina Project (http://light.lbl.gov) and the LuminaNET social network (http://LuminaNET.org)
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Light for Life -- Identifying and reducing health and safety impacts of fuel-based lighting

The United Nations Environment Programme's en.Lighten initiative commissioned me to expand earlier work on the adverse health impacts associated with fuel-based lighting.  The final product has just been released.  Following is a brief summary of the report, which can be downloaded in full…


Posted on January 19, 2015 at 10:00am

Light and Livelihood -- A bright outlook for employment in the transition from fuel-based lighting to off-grid electrical alternatives

The United Nations Environment Programme's en.Lighten initiative commissioned me to explore the potential effects on employment as electric off-grid lighting technologies that promise to displace lighting fuels.  The final product has just been released.  Following is a brief summary of the report, which can be downloaded in full…


Posted on January 12, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Lifting the Darkness on the Price of Light -- the effect of fuel subsidies in the off-grid lighting market

The United Nations Environment Programme's en.Lighten initiative commissioned me to explore the role of energy subsidies in the off-grid lighting market.  Following is a brief summary of the just-released report, which can be downloaded in full report…


Posted on January 7, 2015 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access Market Valued at $12 Billion

The following Sierra Club perspective by Justin Guay and Vrinda Manglik is cross-posted from the Huffington Post.

(Read full report here)

Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access Market…


Posted on June 18, 2014 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

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At 1:07pm on June 21, 2015, Mukul Kumar said…

Thank you Evan. Great to connect. Pity to hear that this initiative may discontinue. It is more needed now than before. 



At 1:31pm on January 13, 2015, Chad Lipton said…

Thanks Evan. Hopefully National Geographic can contribute a positive role in this space.

At 6:57pm on November 30, 2014, Mahesh Rathi said…

Thanks Evan.

At 10:30am on September 30, 2014, Rose Mutiso said…

Hi Evan,

Glad to be part of the Luminanet community. I just joined the Global LEAP team at DOE and looking forward to working with you in the future.




At 2:37am on September 3, 2014, Catherine Mgendi said…

Hi Evan,

That photo goes to show the myriad uses of solar lighting in rural Africa; The woman is able to safely tend to her chickens despite the darkness.



At 12:45am on July 22, 2014, Jay Jay Ma said…

Thanks Evan. We make solar lantern and solar lighting kis with LiFePO4 battery, hope to learn more here.

At 8:58am on June 16, 2014, Kilien de Renty said…

Thanks Evan

At 2:19pm on April 28, 2014, Christopher Onwuasoanya said…

Thank you Evan. I will post pictures and comments on the blog. I hope I can contribute positively to the group

At 9:13am on March 6, 2014, Paul van Dyk said…

Thank you for the welcome Evan , I look forward to exploring and interacting on Luminanet !

Best Regards


At 2:19am on January 28, 2014, Computer Aid International said…

Hi Evan,

Computer Aid International is very pleased to be part of LuminaNet. Thank you very much!

Looking forward to exchanging new and great ideas!


Computer Aid International Team




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