Our Impact

Over the last three years we’ve been compiling a host of sector-leading research into the benefits of solar lights on those living ‘beyond the grid’. On these pages you’ll be able to find out about the impact of solar lights on education, poverty, health, well-being and the environment. You’ll be able to explore our amazing impact calculator, browse our impact reports and have a play with our brand new impact dashboard to get some fantastic insights into our customer’s lives in rural Africa.

All the data in this section came from our award winning research teams led by the awesome Kat Harrison. Unfortunately for everyone at SolarAid, Kat and her award winning research brain have found a new home. But the good news is that she will be carrying on her research for the benefit of the off-grid energy sector, and the 600 million people living without access to electricity in Africa, with the good people at Acumen.

There are a number of ongoing studies that Kat will now be undertaking at Acumen including; the large scale study into solar lighting and poverty alleviation; The Google supported study into kerosene lamps and indoor air pollution; and the Stanford study into solar lights and benefits to education. You can find out more here.

So please come and explore all the amazing impact data Kat and her teams have helped us gather over the last few years. And do not fret, any new information will be linked directly from these pages.

So please read on, and prepare to be amazed at the impact of solar lights on just about everything.


The impact of our work in Africa 

10 million people with access to safe, clean solar light.

$345 million saved by families*

2 billion extra study hours for children *

5.8 million people noticing better health.

880,000 tonnes of CO₂ averted *

Want to know more?

You can calculate the impact of your donation using our new online social impact calculator or read some of the reports we have published.