In The News

SunPower Foundation One Million Lights Partner on Solar Education

May 17, 2012 – Two California nonprofit organizations are coming together to provide solar power education to K-12 schools. SunPower Foundation in San Jose, and One Million Lights, based in Palo Alto, have developed a program called One Million Students, which provides K-12 teachers with curriculum about solar energy.

Mangyan families get solar-powered lamps

May 15, 2012 – Some 100 Mangyan families in remote and depressed communities in Victoria and Naujan towns in Oriental Mindoro, who had no access to electricity, received free “solar-powered” lanterns. The Energizer Philippines and the One Million Lights (OML), teamed up to give the indigenous families living in Sitio Loyal, Brgy. Villa Cerveza in Victoria and Sitio Belen Uno, Brgy. Balite in Naujan solar-powered lamps.

SunPower Foundation Partners with One Million Lights to Bring Solar Education into Classrooms Worldwide

May 14, 2012 – A new solar education program for K-12 schools called One Million Students, encourages environmental action among today’s youth. The program provides educators with grade-appropriate curriculum structured to increase student understanding of how solar works and how it is being applied to generate clean, renewable energy in locations around the world.

Lighting the Way

May 02, 2012 – A night jungle race proves to be an ideal showcase for Energizer’s That’s Positivenergy campaign. In partnership with One Million Lights, Energizer has pledged to donate 12,000,000 hours of lights this year to impoverished communities in order to help the less fortunate break through the cycle of poverty by providing them with a healthy environment to study and work.

Changing Lives, One Light At A Time

April 30, 2012 – One Million Lights and Energizer have teamed up to back the OML Philippine chapter, started by two students, Mark Lozano and Tricia Peralta. One hundred lights have been distributed to Barangay Puray in Rodriguez, Rizal. Another 400 lights were given recently to 11 towns in Oriental Mindoro, with the help of the Rotary Club of Victoria and Caritas Manila. More lights are scheduled to be delivered to Eastern Samar, Kalinga, Apayao, Ifugao, Mountain Province and Catanduanes.

Solar lamps bring ‘one million lights’ to Mangyan communities

April 24, 2012 – One Million Lights, together with Energizer in Philippines, brought Mangyans around Oriental Mindoro, 1,400 solar lamps to replace their kerosene lamps. The Mangyans live in a remote area in the Halcon mountain range, without the benefit of electricity or running water, usually in huts and use kerosene for lighting.

Philippines chosen as recipient of solar-powered lights

April 10, 2012 – Energizer and the One Million Lights organization has chosen the Philippines as one of the 4 country-recipients of the energizer solar-powered lights, together with Argentina, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Feel Good Friday: We Care Solar and One Million Lights

April 6, 2012 – Reach and Teach tell the stories of two organizations that bring light to areas of need. We Care Solar brings solar power in a suitcase to hospitals in regions without reliable electricity. One Million Lights brings smaller solar lights to provide students and families with light in the evenings.

Women of Influence: Anna Sidana

April 6, 2012 – Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal. Anna Sidana, founder and CEO of One Million Lights, is a 2012 Woman of Influence.

LED LunaLight brightens Kenyan lifestyles.

March 26, 2012 – Five Cal Poly engineering students are finding a way to bring light to rural Kenya, turning hours of darkness into hours of opportunity. Materials engineering senior, Mike Deagen, leads the project, inspired by an internship last summer with the non-profit One Million Lights.

Energizer spreads Positivenergy by lighting up poor communities with OML Phils.

March 9, 2012 – Energizer, makers of the world’s longest lasting batteries, together with One Million Lights (OML) Philippines, the local chapter of the global California-based OML non-profit organization, launched a unique project that aims to raise awareness of the need for safe, healthy, and efficient lighting systems all over the country.

2 teenagers feted as People Power heroes

February 25, 2012 – Philippine Daily Inquirer / Inquirer News – High school senior Mark Benjamin Lozano, 17, and college freshman Catherine Felicia Marie Peralta, 18, were recognized by President Benigno Aquino and the Edsa People Power Commission for their efforts in jump-starting the Philippine version of the One Million Lights movement.

Sidana nominated for 2012 Silicon Valley Women of Influence

February 24, 2012 – Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal. Anna Sidana, Founder of One Million Lights, is on the list of 2012 Silicon Valley Women of Influence.

Interview with Anna Sidana, Founder of One Million Lights

February 22, 2012 – TrendHunter – Replacing Kerosene Lamps with Solar Ones – Anna shares where the idea for her ambitious project came from, and how she keeps herself motivated on this challenging—but world-changing—social venture.

Bid to re-inspire

February 19, 2012 – New Straits Times – Bid to Re-inspire – The Energizer Night Race is part of a global series of races that was first launched in South Africa in 2007, and has since been held in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The series’ new theme of “For a Brighter World” reflects a global partnership between Energizer and to bring safe and clean solar lighting to people around the world who do not have access to electricity.

Rechargeable Solar Lights

January 19, 2012 – TrendHunter – Rechargeable Solar Lights -
One Million Lights is a nonprofit on a mission to provide one million safe, rechargeable solar lamps to people currently using dangerous, toxic and expensive kerosene lamps—or perhaps no lamps at all.

11K night race to be held on 11/11/11

November 10, 2011 – Houston Chronicle – How about this bright idea to celebrate 11/11/11?
The 11K Houston Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W. The event also will include a 1.1K fun run and walk. Every participant will receive an 11/11/11 technical running shirt and an LED headlight to be worn during the event.

One by One, Marketers Plan for a Singular Event

November 9, 2011 – …Energizer, which is sponsoring the event with a nonprofit organization, One Million Lights, has announced a goal of donating 11 million hours of light to rural communities around the world as part of a new campaign that carries the theme “Now that’s positive energy.”

Night race to help light up world: Houston gets ready for Energizer

November 2, 2011 – Houston Chronicle – One Million Lights, a charitable group whose mission is to distribute rechargeable solar lights around the world, will be the beneficiary of the Houston Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West.

Energizer Press Release

October 13, 2011 — Energizer Partners with Global Charity One Million Lights and Sponsors Night Races Around the World in Support of its now that’s positivenergy™ Platform

Racing for a Brighter World Press Release

October 12, 2011 — One Million Lights is proud to announce a partnership with Energizer Battery Company to support the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World global race series as part of the new Energizer “now that’s positivenergy™” communications platform.

One Million Lights Featured in Palo Alto Patch

August 2011 — Anna Sidana and high school ambassador Sierra Fan are featured in Palo Alto Patch, a community-specific news and information platform, for their work with One Million Lights.

Anna Sidana Receives Human Values Award

June 2011 — Anna Sidana, founder & CEO of One Million Lights, is awarded the Human Values Award for her  commitment to helping others.

Anna Sidana on Business Travel Radio

July 2011 — Listen to Anna Sidana, our founder & CEO, discuss her work with One Million Lights on Business Travel Radio with Sandy Dhuyvetter

Straight Talk About Giving by Wendy Smith

May 2011 — Want to know you’re definitely changing lives?  Give to One Million Lights.  Anna Sidana, founder of One Million Lights, is featured on Wendy’s Smith’s blog.

The Leduc Representative

February 2011 — Calmar club lighting up the lives and homes of the Philippines.  Calmar students, Rotary Club, and One Million Lights team up to make a different.  by Mark Wierzbicki


November 2010 — 10 Inspiring ‘Buy One Give One” Projects. #8 One Million Lights. The One Million Lights project distributes solar LED lights to replace kerosene lamps in areas around the world where there is no electricity.

Gentry Magazine

October 2010 — Let There Be Light. A Bay Area-based nonprofit seeks to light up the darkest corners of our world and effect change we can all see. by Lena Dakessian

Volunteer Spotlight: Stefan Gouyet

August 2010 — Stefan Gouyet is a Freshman at Palo Alto High School – One Million Lights relies on a strong group of volunteers to keep our programs strong and connected to our community.

Aug 19, 2010 — SOLAR LIGHTS: One Million Lights leverages SPIE conference to illuminate the developing world

Humaneity Magazine

July 2010 — Lighting Up Lives. A new organization in the US helps provide solar lights to adults and children in impoverished countries so they can have a better future. by Anna Sidana

Press Release

March 24, 2010 — One Million Lights welcomes Anne Raimondi to its board of directors. Seasoned Executive and Community Leader to Lend her Expertise.

Press Release

Nov 30, 2009 — Dr. Arun Jhaveri joins One Million Lights as Executive Advisor. One Million Lights is honored to have Dr. Jhaveri on our team; His energy expertise and dedication to greening our world will be welcome additions

Press Release

September 2009 — The Elfenworks Foundation and One Million Lights wish former President Jimmy Carter a Happy 85th Birthday!

Wharton School of Business, San Francisco

July 27, 2009 — One Million Lights Welcomes Anand Hariharan, Manager Cisco Systems, to its Board

Tracker News (pdf)

Feb 12, 2009 — LEDs will light the way. CFLs may have become the symbol for greener lighting over the last couple of years, but LEDs are poised for a global come-from-behind take-over.

Marie Claire

Jan 21, 2009 — One Million Lights, One Child at a Time. If you’re not convinced that one person can make a big difference in the world, then you don’t know about Anna Sidana.


Jan 20, 2009 — Video: Palo Alto Woman Sharing Light Worldwide. One immigrant turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur is working to literally share the light.

India West

Dec 31, 2008 — eBay Provides Light to 15,000 Children. Though the economic downturn has resulted in scaled-down holiday celebrations, eBay has gone a step further.

San Francisco Examiner

Dec 29, 2008 — Nonprofit Aims to Illuminate India. Bay Area high-tech professional Anna Sidana launched the nonprofit One Million Lights after a trip back to her hometown of New Delhi, India, exposed her to the poor condition of households without electricity.


Dec 18, 2008 — eBay Supports Employees Cause with Gift of Light to 15,000 Children in India and Africa. Company Donates Innovative Solar Lights as an Alternative to Dangerous Kerosene Lamps