The Hulk Mark Ruffalo Hosts Party for Renewable Energy in Africa

by Nadine Weil

[This guest post is by Nadine Weil, Founder Heart of Green
All photos are by Drew Altizer]

The eco-glitterati came together on Thursday evening June 21 to bask in the glow of Empowered By Light’s second annual Light Up The Night party, a sold out affair in San Francisco. Fresh off his movie premiere of “The Avengers,” Oscar-nominated actor 
Mark Ruffalo flexed his celebrity muscle and co-hosted the party held at Roe to bring 
renewable energy to rural Zambia.

A beloved advocate for the environment, Ruffalo told the cheering crowd that it is time 
to move beyond fossil fuels and harness the power of sunlight. “I support Empowered 
by Light because they are bringing light and renewable energy to those who don’t yet 
have it. They are teaching whole nations that we don’t need fossil fuels to be modern,” 
exclaimed Ruffalo. The actor is a green superhero (The Hulk) not just on the big screen 
but also in real life, where he has a solar array on his New York home and spends many 
weekends battling the practice of natural gas drilling or “fracking.”

Guests at the party enjoyed organic bites from Roe and sipped on eco-friendly cocktails 
from VeeV Acai Spirit, sustainable varietals from Wines, and organic yerba 
mate beer from MateVeza. VIP partygoers received gifts of stylish Lifefactory glass 
bottles and RunRunRun bags made, coincidentally, from recycled water bottles.

Empowered By Light was founded last year by Marco Krapels, Moira Hanes and
Gianluca Signorelli to improve lives through clean, renewable technology. With their
Solar: Zambia project, they are delivering thousands of solar-powered LED lights and
cell phone charger kits to rural African families and schools.

A recent trip to Zambia in May showed that the LED lights are not only eliminating
the hazards and pollution of open-flame kerosene lamps but also helping the children
improve their performance in school. The Ministry of Education in Zambia informed
Empowered by Light that school children using the organization’s lights improved their
test scores by as much as 236 percent.

“During our last deployment, we saw first-hand the incredible impact our lights are
having,” said Krapels. “It’s richly rewarding to think that tonight, 8,000 children in rural
Zambia are reading because of our efforts, where previously they would have been in
total darkness.”

Krapels also announced the organization’s plans, in partnership with Suntech America, 
to install a sun-powered, micro grid system for Sioma High School in Zambia.

As a highlight of the event, Andrew Birch, the dashing CEO of solar company
Sungevity, presented Empowered By Light with a $40,000 donation to support the new
grid. “There is a universal need for electricity but a fundamental lack of access,” said
Birch. “Empowered by Light is making a difference in rural Zambia, and we are proud to 
be making a difference with them.”

The festivities were sponsored by environmental heavyweights Rabobank, Clif Bar,
Suntech, Lemnis Lighting, Heart of Green, and SHFT. Overall, it was a blockbuster,
star-studded evening where guests left feeling on cloud nine about their ability to make 
the world a lighter and greener place. For more scoop on the organization, please visit 

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