Impact Assessment:
Light Up Sulawesi, Indonesia

Jun 2015 to Aug 2015
Syarifah Amelia (Melly)

By Syarifah Amelia (Melly)
Impact Assessment Fellow

The project:
Light Up Sulawesi, Indonesia
Technologies used:
d.light S300 Solar lantern


We are working with our local partner, Asosiasi Pedagang Kaki Lima Indonesia (APKLI), to connect 50 d.light S300 solar lights with people in Soppeng district, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

In June 2015, Kopernik fellow Syarifah Amelia (Melly), visited the city of Soppeng to explore the impact of the technology on people's lives. This impact assessment report is a result of Melly’s work in the field in Soppeng from June to August 2015.

The project originally aimed to target people in villages who had no access to electricity. However, during the impact assessment it was discovered that the targeted villages had gained access to electricity during the crowdfunding and technology procurement process. Therefore, in the end, the distribution plan was adjusted.

The data for this impact assessment was collected from 19 interviews with solar light users who purchased the technology from APKLI. The technology buyers included in the survey were characterised by:

  • high level of education, with 63 percent graduating from university;
  • a regular income, whether from their own business or from a salary; and
  • buying the solar lights in spite of having access to electricity.

Because of the unanticipated change in electrification of the area, distributing solar lighting was no longer a necessity for providing people with a sustainable lighting source. However, respondents were still interested in obtaining the technology for the following reasons:

  • the perception that the technology was innovative, unique, and easy to use.
  • an interest in the instalment scheme offered, whereby a series of payments could be made over time instead of one payment up-front.
  • an interest in using the technology as a portable charger for mobile phones at home and during travel. 

Learn more about Melly's research findings by downloading the Light Up Sulawesi Impact Assessment report.

Full report: