Chad Lipton
  • Washington, DC
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  • National Geographic

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Grant funding available in National Geographic's Great Energy Challenge

National Geographic has an ongoing grant program that provides early-stage funding for entrepreneurs delivering and/or developing energy-based solutions.The grant program is part of an energy…Continue

Started Jan 9, 2015


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I run a grant program that funds entrepreneurs working on energy solutions, primarily off-grid solutions.

Chad Lipton's Blog

Winners of ‘Solar for All’ Contest Will Build Microgrids in India

Affordable solar energy for the global population without access to electricity. That is the mission of Solar For All, an initiative founded by the Canopus Foundation, which supports the growth of social enterprises developing renewable energy. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) joined efforts with Solar For All to administer their second contest for innovative community solar electrification solutions in Mumbai, India.

Two winners, Boond Engineering…


Posted on November 1, 2016 at 1:14pm

SWITCHing to a Low-Carbon Future

By Diego Ponce de Leon Barido and Josiah Johnston

Rolling black outs and high electricity prices were a common ritual in Nicaragua a decade ago. Schools and shops often languished for hours without power. Hotels and restaurants relied on kerosene, candles and expensive generators to keep businesses open. From a financial and health perspective, this was not sustainable.

Recent renewable energy investments have led to positive change in Nicaragua. Almost 190 MW…


Posted on February 24, 2016 at 1:35pm

Microgrids Key to Bringing a Billion Out of the Dark

Every night, more than a billion people live in the dark when the sun goes down. They experience a different world than that of people in developed countries. Their only source of light, where available, comes from kerosene – a fuel that is expensive, dirty and potentially dangerous. Consequently, their immediate environment is often filled with smoke and fire, thereby making it difficult to even see properly.

Ten years ago, alternatives to kerosene were hard to find. Today is a very…


Posted on May 22, 2015 at 6:38am — 1 Comment

One Year After Typhoon Yolanda, a Philippines City Rebuilds With Sustainble Transport in Mind

This November 8 will mark the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, the devastating storm that claimed at least 6,300 lives and displaced millions more. In Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas southeast of Manila, the destruction is still evident: A cement house lies partially submerged in the ocean. Large ships are grounded right next to the main street. Debris fills abandoned shops that have not yet reopened. Permanent housing and general reconstruction are a work in progress, with a…


Posted on November 6, 2014 at 5:23am

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At 4:17pm on January 9, 2015, Evan Mills said…

Thanks, Chad.  Looks like a great opportunity for our members.  Great to see National Geographic being so supportive in this space!

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