Switch on Atauro, Timor-Leste
Phase Two

Let's send solar lights to Atauro, where they will help stop flashlight batteries being thrown overboard from fishing boats, saving the waters surrounding the island.

d.light S300
Solar lantern
  • Up to 16 hours of bright light or 100 hours on the bed light setting
  • Much brighter, safer, and more efficient than a kerosene lamp
  • Two-year warranty & lifespan of 5+ years
  • Also charges mobile phones
The S300 features 4 brightness settings, providing up to 16 hours of bright light (100 hours on the bed light setting)

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.


Most people living on Atauro Island have no access to electricity and rely on dim, dirty, dangerous kerosene lamps for lighting their homes. Buying kerosene is a major household expense. Many people rely on fishing for income, and flashlights are used to help them fish in the dark. There is no designated place to dispose of used batteries, causing significant environmental issues when batteries are simply thrown overboard. 

How we can help: 

We will connect d.light solar lanterns with families on Atauro Island. The d.light S300 is a portable and durable solar light that can also charge mobile phones. Its bright white light illuminates a whole room and provides up to 10 times more light than a kerosene lamp. In the first phase of this project in 2012 we distributed 200 d.lights in four sub-villages of Bikeli village. There is huge demand for more lights. 

Who are we working with: 

We are helping families who rely on kerosene lamps and battery-powered flashlights as their main sources of lighting. Some people even burn flip-flops that they collect from the beach for light at night. Most of these households depend on fishing and subsistence agriculture to survive. Bikeli itself consists of 549 households and there are also more households in other villages in need of the d.light solar lights. 


Prior to the previous round of distribution, Move Forward met with the sub-village chiefs to show them the d.light solar lights and provide the list of families who had registered interested in purchasing them. Because the demand exceeded the supply, the sub-village chiefs met with all families in their sub-village and together they decided based on socio-economic status which families were most in need and had priority to purchase the solar lights. The next batch of d.lights will be distributed to the families registered on the list who did not get the opportunity to purchase the light during the first phase of the project.

Project timeframe: 
Three months
Location :
Reaching 2000 people
Funding Information: 

This project will be partially funded with the money raised from selling d.lights at a subsidised price during the first phase of the project.

Local Partner Contribution: 

Our local partner, Move Forward, will distribute the lights and conduct technology training.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - d.light S300
Cost of technology
Wire Transfer Fee
Kopernik 10%
Covers project support costs
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.

A huge Kopernik thank you to the 12 people who pitched in $14,050.00