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Great Energy Challenge

    The Great Energy Challenge

    Picture of women in Rwanda with rechargeable Nuru Lights, created by Great Energy Challenge grantee Nuru Energy.

    Women in Rwanda wearing rechargeable Nuru Lights, created by Great Energy Challenge grantee Nuru Energy.

    Photograph courtesy Nuru Energy East Africa

    Between 2010 and 2016, the Great Energy Challenge, a partnership of National Geographic and Shell, convened and engaged citizens and key energy stakeholders in solutions-based thinking and dialogue about how we think about and consume energy.

    As part of the effort, the Great Energy Challenge assembled a distinguished group of researchers and scientists, acting as a panel of advisors, to help identify, evaluate, and support projects focused on innovative energy solutions. The goal of the grant program was to hasten the growth of promising global energy initiatives as a response to climate change, energy resource constraints, and environmental limitations.

    By the conclusion of the program in 2016, the Great Energy Challenge awarded grants to 34 organizations working in 22 countries worldwide.

    Click here to learn about all of the Great Energy Challenge-funded initiatives.

    Click here to learn more about the Great Energy Challenge panel of advisors.