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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 […]

Annual Report 2021/22

  This Annual Report covers the financial year of 2021 as well as impact numbers and future plans including our financial statements.  

From a ukelele marathon to the Virtual London Marathon

In the world of challenge events there’s nothing bigger than the London Marathon and in recent years, the Virtual London Marathon. A chance for individuals to participate in one of the most iconic races in the world, but on their own terms. A challenge to walk or run 26.2 miles on a route of your choice […]

‘No More Blah Blah Blah’ – Taking Climate Action

  As we reflect on COP27, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Antonio Guterres’s opening speech warned us that “we are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator.” And the BBC is reporting that ‘nations deeply divided over cash to help poor countries cope with the impacts of climate […]

Kesilina stands with her family outside her home.

For brighter futures, just add light

  As the sun sets, millions of families are without electricity, forced to burn dirty kerosene lamps or straw to light their home. However, a solar light provides safe, clean, energy – it brings communities together and creates a brighter future, in an instant. Farmers can sort their crops, children can study, patients can be […]


  The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) – the largest annual conference on climate change in the world – is starting next week. Leaders from across the world are gathering in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt alongside ministers, civil society, global businesses and organisations to accelerate progress towards our global fight against the climate crisis. […]

Increased feeling of safety from latest impact research

  SolarAid has brand new impact research! As part of our ongoing commitment to not only reach customers, but to also understand and maximise our impact, we conducted customer surveys in 2022.  This project was undertaken by the sector leading impact research organisation, and long-term partner, 60 Decibels. Customers were spoken to twice, before and […]

Rising to the energy crisis

  The cost of getting solar energy to those that need it most is rising – but we believe it’s worth it. SolarAid was established in 2006 to combat poverty and tackle climate change. Since then, our supporters have enabled us, together with our award winning social enterprise SunnyMoney and our partners, to distribute over […]