LUTW provides post-secondary students with the unique opportunity to learn about sustainable energy needs and solutions in the developing world. Students discover the challenges faced by energy impoverished communities and learn to evaluate the impacts of renewable energy projects. The course curriculum contains information on the needs and impact of energy and light on human development and students carry out field research when appropriate. The benefits are two-fold: 1) additional funds for project implementation are generated and; 2) future industry leaders deepen their understanding of the essential role that energy and light access plays in development and the challenges of universal access. Watch the video below about students from Texas Tech University participating in a project in Costa Rica!

Solar Energy Project in Talamanca, Costa Rica – LUTWfrom Light Up The World on Vimeo.



Terry McInturff, an instructor in the Energy Commerce program at Texas Tech University tells the story of his, and his students, Costa Rica experience with LUTW. Click here to read his story.

Experiencing firsthand the reality of the rural poor in Costa Rica was both enlightening and humbling. After installing the LED solar lighting systems I realize and accept the significance of effective, sustainable energy in community development and am more aware and appreciative of my daily access to reliable, effective energy resources. The World Energy Project positively impacted many lives, especially my own.”

~ Kristi Clanton, Student Participant Texas Tech