Switch On Papua, Indonesia
Phase Two

Let’s connect more solar lights with families in remote areas of Wamena, Papua, replacing dim, dangerous kerosene lanterns and candles as the primary sources of light.

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.


Families who live in very remote areas of Wamena, Papua, have no access to electricity. Many children rely on kerosene lanterns to study at night, while health workers use flaming torches to provide emergency medical assistance, and pastors use candles to prepare for church services. These lighting options pose serious health and safety risks, and are also very expensive – as fuel must be flown in by light plane.

How we can help: 

By connecting d.light S300 solar lights, we will provide more families with clean, safe, and sustainable light at night. The solar lights will make nights brighter for communities in ten districts of Jayawijaya, Yakuhimo and Tolikara regencies. Families will save money, as they will no longer need to buy kerosene or candles each week.

Our local partner, Yasumat, distributed 192 solar lights in this area in 2014, through the first phase of the project. We will distribute a further 204 solar lights through this second phase.

Who are we working with: 

We are going to help families living in very remote highland areas of central Papua, Indonesia who have no access to electricity. 


Yasumat staff will distribute the solar lights to families in very remote areas that are only accessible by light plane. Yasumat field staff will relay orders through the local radio communication network to their colleagues at Yasumat headquarters in the capital of Jayawijaya Regency, Wamena. The solar light orders will then be sent to the field by plane.

To make the lights more affordable, Yasumat will allow families to pay in six monthly instalments. Yasumat will repay the money collected from the solar light sales to Kopernik, to be reinvested in more technology for the people in the last mile.

Project timeframe: 
Twelve months
Reaching 1020 people
Funding Information: 

We have reinvested Yasumat’s repayment of US$4,207 from the first phase of the project into this second phase.

Local Partner Contribution: 

Non-financial contribution:
Local project administration and technology distribution

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - d.light S300 solar light
Cost of technology
Include shipping, duty, clearance
Payment processing fee
3.3% average based on the average size of project and average donation amount
Administration fee
Covers due diligence, monitoring, printing & administration related 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 67 people who pitched in $7,081.65