Karl Skare

Karl Skare



Director of New Business Initiatives, d.light



Karl Skare is the Director of New Business Initiatives at d.light design. His responsibilities include business and product development, fundraising, and strategic planning. “I believe that distributed solar in the developing world has the potential to leapfrog centralized generation powered by fossil fuels,” he says, “similar to how cell phones leapfrogged landlines in the same markets.”

Currently he works on on technology-enabled financing solutions for small scale solar home systems. His customers do not have access to electricity and are living on less than $2 USD per day. “Our customers can now redirect the money that they were spending on kerosene, phone charging, and disposable batteries towards the ownership of a productive asset,” says Karl. “They can save hundreds of dollars once they have paid off the system.”

Karl was first drawn to energy access while doing a project for the solar lantern manufacturer Greenlight Planet in a design class at Stanford. Tasked with designing an innovative distribution model for solar lanterns in India, he conducted interviews with industry players, potential customers, and experts in off-grid energy access. “I realized just how challenging distribution can be in remote rural locations,” he says. “That experience made me realize that this was a challenge that I could wake up every day excited to tackle.”