Corporate partners

Enbridge A North American leader in delivering energy, Enbridge has been ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index for the past eight years. LUTW has received financial support from Enbridge to implement solar PV projects in Costa Rica and Peru.

TransAlta is Canada’s Largest marketer of  electricity as well as a publicly traded generator.  LUTW has received financial support from TransAlta to implement solar PV projects in Guatemala and Peru.

Capital Power is a growth-oriented North American power producer headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. The company develops, acquires, operates and optimizes power generation from a variety of energy sources.  LUTW has received financial support from Capital Power to implement solar PV projects in Peru.

Wooree is a South Korea based Lighting Manufacturing company that has been in business since 1966. Starting with manufacturing small Christmas lights, to incandescent bulbs, and even backlights for TVs, Wooree is dedicated to the journey of lighting up the world. LUTW has received financial support from Wooree to implement solar projects with communities in Peru.

Academic partners

Texas Tech University (TTU) is based in Lubbock, Texas. The Texas Tech Energy Commerce Program and LUTW have been working together since 2010 to provide students with educational field study experiences that explore the importance of energy from a global perspective. Since the initiation of the partnership, LUTW has facilitated eight field study programs for nearly 100 students.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT): LUTW has facilitated two field study programs for Electrical Engineering Technology at SAIT providing students with applied learning opportunities related to renewable energy in off-grid environments. A field study partnership program has served as a valuable practical learning experience for students while increasing LUTW’s project reach and impact.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT): LUTW has facilitated two field study programs for students in the Alternative Energy program at NAIT. Students participating in the program have had an opportunity to translate the learning they have acquired in the classroom and apply it directly to the needs of rural communities. Students explore the challenges and issues facing developing communities see a how a Canadian organization is working with the community in response to those issues.

University of Calgary (Light Up The World Club): The Light Up The World Club at the University of Calgary has been supporting LUTW’s work for over five years through various fundraising and awareness campaigns, both on and off campus. In 2018, we launched our field study in Guatemala with the group, comprised primarily of engineering students. Students received technical training through a series of workshops and advanced their knowledge as they completed various battery-based solar PV system installations rural Guatemala. Students rotated through the different aspects of an installation ((1) power supply, (2) power distribution and storage, and (3) wiring lighting and other loads) in order to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of a system installation. 

University of Calgary (MSc in Sustainable Energy Development, SEDV): SEDV students took part in a field study with LUTW to observe the context of sustainable energy deployment in off-grid communities in Peru. Students received training on small-scale battery-based solar PV systems, took part in installations, and evaluated existing solar PV systems operating in the region. Students also learned about LUTW’s social enterprise pilot project and took part in a critical evaluation of its viability.

Algonquin College: We are organizing an academic field program  with Algonquin College for 2019.


Nexans Foundation helps bring electricity to disadvantaged communities throughout the world by giving priority to close to the ground organizations and sustainable solutions. Since its launch in 2013, this foundation has supported 67 projects in 30 countries.

Daniel Family Foundation supports Canadian charitable causes including basic scientific research, cancer care, renewable energy and others.

Fondation Ensemble is a private foundation focused on issues related to water and sanitation, sustainable development, animal biodiversity. LUTW has received financial support from Fondation Ensemble to implement a solar project in Peru.

The Alberta Government’s Community Investment Program (CIP)International Development Grants provide financial assistance to small and medium sized Alberta based non-government organizations to meet Alberta’s commitment to give people in developing countries the tools to eventually meet their own needs.

The Calgary Foundation has been nurturing a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community since 1955. They facilitate collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long-term benefit of Calgary and area.

Implementing partners

Institution Maya de Desarrollo Integral (IMDI) is a non-profit organization based in that implements health, education, business development, microfinance and reforestation projects in Huehuetenango, Chiantla and San Juan Atitan, Guatemala. LUTW has partnered with IMDI on projects since 2011.

Practitioner partners

Clean, affordable energy is an imperative for sustainable development, but market forces alone cannot be expected to deliver energy services that are sustainable and meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Cooperation and partnerships are needed across sectors and regions to enable the use of energy as a means for meeting development targets – an idea embodied in the eighth Millennium Development Goal, to develop a global partnership for development.

Year of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) is a United Nations initiative to scale up global efforts toincrease access to sustainable energy. LUTW welcomes the United Nations 2012 as the Year of International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. As a member of the Practitioners Network, we are proud to continue our work in support of the 2030 goal to achieve universal energy access for all.