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Good News Stories From Around the World

With the ongoing news about the increasing impacts of climate change, mounting biodiversity loss, geopolitical tensions and social inequalities, we believe it’s important to highlight the wins of collective action to ensure we don’t lose hope of the future we are working towards.  That’s why every week we post five wins from across the world […]

Building climate resilience in remote African communities

The climate crisis is here and Africa is at the forefront. In the most recent IPCC report, it was emphasised that Africa is warming at a faster pace than the rest of the world, despite contributing the least to global carbon emissions. The effects of this are being felt across the continent and the ability […]

One Hundred Miles on the hottest weekend

Picture this: It’s June, the hottest weekend of the year so far, and people up and down the UK are doing everything they can to relax and stay cool. Running isn’t the first thing on the public’s mind on a day like this, but as always SolarAid’s supporters never fail to surprise us with their […]

Repairing Electronics: A Circular Economy Solution for Reducing E-Waste and Building Resilience in Rural Africa

From massive landfills stacked with large electronics like TVs, washing machines and refrigerators, to the increase of small electronics such as smartphones, tablets and headphones, the accumulation of electronic waste is an increasingly pressing issue around the world. Due to higher consumption rates of electronic equipment, and the short life-cycles and limited repair options for […]


  Over the last decade, there has been an increase in the sale of small-scale off-grid solar products across the Global South, increasing energy access and decreasing the use of dirty and dangerous alternatives. But, this is posing a new question: what is being done to address solar e-waste to ensure that it is not […]

Permission to Fail Podcast

  Today is International Day of Light. At SolarAid, we celebrate light and the way that it weaves itself through every aspect of our lives. From our work to our studies, to feeling safe and spending time with our loved ones, light plays an essential part in our everyday lives. However, nearly 600 million people […]

A tattoo for renewable energy

  “I’m not a big fan of tattoos”, is not something you would expect someone to say who set up a GoFundMe page dedicated to fundraising £2,000, with the promise of getting a tattoo if the target is met. But that’s how committed SolarAid supporter Richard Lowes is to renewable energy.  Working at a not-for-profit […]

2022: Making Light Work

  2022 has been quite a year. As we came out of Covid 19 lockdowns at the start of the year, our teams continued to bring solar light and power to rural communities. As we found ourselves in the midst of a cost of living crisis impacting people across the globe, we ramped up our […]