Lead2030 Challenge for Goal 7

Supported by BP

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

The world is growing like never before, 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, all while the world’s demand for energy continues to increase. In BP, we have welcomed the Paris Agreement and have recognised the ambition to limit the temperature rise. We are determined to be a part of the process of bringing about action.

The Lead2030 Challenge for SDG7 supported by BP launched a global search for innovative renewable energy solutions with the potential of substantially increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

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 home without any upfront costs, starting with lighting. Through its product-as-a-service model, customers rent lamps and other appliances from their local village shopkeeper, who is an entrepreneur and Empower franchisee.

The distribution model means that villagers are able to use life-changing technologies to help transform their lives. For example, implementing lighting solutions allows individuals to save money, replace toxic kerosene, study longer and earn more.

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


“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!”