Lead2030 Challenge for Goal 7

Supported by BP

The Challenge: How do we increase the share of renewable energy by 2030?

The world is projected to continue growing through at least 2050, creating opportunity for billions of people. And all this growth requires energy. But as the world demands more energy, it also demands that it be produced and delivered in new ways, with fewer emissions. 

The Sustainable Development Goals clearly recognise the need for sustainable and modern energy for all, while the world’s demand for energy continues to increase. At BP, we have welcomed the Paris Agreement, and we aim to help limit the global temperature rise. We are determined to be a part of the process of bringing about action.

The Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 7, supported by BP, launched a global search for innovative renewable energy solutions with the potential of substantially increasing the global share of renewable energy.

The Winner

Ronit Kanwar, Empower Energy


Empower Energy is building a last-mile distribution network to help transform underserved communities in rural India.


Ronit and his team are connecting rural India to the modern economy, building a last-mile distribution network to help transform underserved communities.

Empower Energy is enabling rural consumers to get immediate access to high quality appliances within walking distance of their homes without any upfront costs, beginning with lighting. Through its product-as-a-service model, customers rent lamps and other appliances from a local shopkeeper, who is an entrepreneur and Empower franchisee.

The distribution model means that villagers are able to use life-changing technologies to transform their lives. For example, they have implemented lighting solutions that allow individuals to save money, replace polluting kerosene, study longer, and earn more.

Empower Energy has impacted over 1000+ individuals, doubling the income of women entrepreneurs in selected communities. In some areas, kerosene usage has been reduced by 70%, with children able to study longer at night, increasing the quality of their education. 


“We are incredibly honoured to have been selected as a Lead2030 winner. We are looking forward to the future of impact as we continue to connect rural India to the modern economy. Thank you to Lead2030 and the entire programme!”