Empower Energy pitching at the United Nations HQ on September 15th as 1 of the 6 Hult Prize Global Finalists selected from over 100,000+ global entrants.

Empower Energy connects rural India to the modern economy.

We are creating a network of micro-franchisees throughout the last-mile of India. Our tested model and trusted brand allow us to serve the most pressing needs of underprivileged communities in India, starting with lighting and charging.

We equip a village entrepreneur, typically a shopkeeper, with a Solar Powered Charging Station (“Solar ATM”) to serve their community’s fundamental energy needs. Villagers can simply visit their local shopkeeper and rent LED lamps or battery packs without any upfront costs, providing them with access to a local, reliable energy source. In the future, customers will have access to further energy-enabled devices and services which will continue to transform their lives.

Our vision is to empower 16+ million individuals to join the modern economy by 2025 through our revolutionary last-mile distribution.

240 million Indians lack access to electricity

Living without electricity forces millions to rely on unhealthy, unreliable and informal energy sources such as kerosene for lighting.

We see energy as an enabler - it contributes to the improvement of education, health and livelihoods. Access to reliable energy sources, especially for lighting and charging, allows for individuals to be healthier, more productive and connect to the modern economy.

Energy access is a recognised barrier to the modern economy but current solutions are lacking in three key areas…


Existing solutions are too costly for those living on $2 a day, due to high upfront costs and/or regular payments.


Existing solutions do not reach remote and rural communities due to lack of distribution channels.


Existing solutions break frequently and lack a reliable post-sales services.

Our Solution

We empower a local entrepreneur to join the Empower Energy network.

This local shopkeeper is equipped with a Solar Powered Charging Station (“Solar ATM”) to solve their communities fundamental energy needs.

Villagers can simply visit their local shopkeeper to have access to a reliable energy source without any upfront costs. They can rent LED lamps and battery packs in a flexible and convenient manner, empowering them to replace kerosene, save time and connect to the modern economy.

As the demands and desires of our customers grow, so do our product offerings. We are driven by demand and our data-driven processes allow us to scale rapidly throughout India.

Trusted & Safe Service

We provide a service that our users can trust at a price they can afford


Our off-grid services allow our customers to charge mobile phones and, in the future, connect to the internet

Last Mile Distribution

Through our ATMs we are connecting our customers to the wider economy, and provide energy enabled services and products to transform their lives.


Our lights provide clean, renewable light that is cheaper than kerosene

Ronit Kanwar, CEO

BA Economics & Management, University of Oxford (Moritz Heyman Scholar & Future Global Leaders Fellow). Founder & MD of YE company, winning Young Entrepreneur of the year at age 16. Work experience in strategy and finance at Rothschild, Bank of England, Mercer & IBM. Fluent in Hindi & Punjabi.

Gideon Laux, COO

MSc Development Economics, University of Oxford (Rotary Scholar). Specialisation in impact and sustainability strategy, with experience spanning 9 countries and 14 industries from social enterprises, tech start-ups and global Fortune 500 companies.

James Dickson, Chief Data & Impact Officer

MBA & MSc, University of Oxford (Pershing Square Scholar). Worked at UN for 6 years on strategic planning and impact evaluation of multi-million-dollar technical assistance programmes across 40 countries. Fluent in 4 languages.

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