News and views

Lighting Africa publicise our work

  Lighting Africa, a project set up by the World Bank to bring lighting improvements to ‘off-grid’ Africa, posted an article on their website a few days ago focussing on our non-profit trading arm, SunnyMoney, who they describe as a ‘distributor of quality, affordable solar lanterns’. The article is a case study of a family in the rural […]

Ashden point the spotlight on SolarAid

  The 2013 Ashden Award nominations, released today, confirm our inclusion as finalists in the International category. As finalists, we find ourselves in esteemed company. There are six additional finalists including Azuri Technologies, Cookswell Jikos, Impact Carbon, MicroEnergyCredits, and OMC Power. We would like to say congratulations to all of our renewable energy friends for their nomination! Our Managing Director, Pippa Palmer, said: […]

SolarAid in Senegal

  We have some massive news to report this week. As mentioned in a previous blog by our Social Impact and Research Manager Kat Harrison, our solar projects are now spreading to West Africa! Our not-for-profit distribution arm, SunnyMoney, recognised for their expertise, have secured funding from the World Bank to undertake a pilot scheme in Senegal […]

Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

We have been nominated for another award! This time the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards have acknowledged our SunnyMoney Schools campaign and shortlisted us in the Communicating Sustainability category. This latest nomination comes at a very exciting time for SolarAid. As a leading international charity it is always pleasing when your work is recognised by experts in the […]

SolarAid down under

Jeremy Leggett, the founder of Solarcentury who went on to establish SolarAid and our social enterprise arm SunnyMoney, was interviewed by Australian radio network ABC for their Science Show. Jeremy, who is the incumbent chair of SolarAid’s founding partner solarcentury, discusses the benefits of solar energy with presenter Robyn Williams. Jeremy reels off an impressive list of health, […]

Fundraising at the Lighting Design Awards

We were very proud to be the charity partner of the 2013 Lighting Design Awards, held at the swanky London Hilton on Park Lane. The awards were designed to showcase the best lighting manufacturers, lighting retailers and lighting designers in the business. There in force, we had 12 permanent staff and volunteers whipping up support […]

SolarAid in the media; Solar sales eclipse all forecasts

The national media have picked up on the amazing sales figures our teams have achieved in rural Africa. The figures are so impressive that news of these great results has spread far beyond the renewable energy press. The Huffington Post has noted that we are well on target to sell 320,000 solar lights within the last […]

SolarAid on the BBC; “chasing the shadows away”

It’s been a monumental few weeks here at SolarAid; not only have we been showcasing our work at the world’s largest sustainable environment conference, ecobuild, but have also received an unprecedented level of press coverage as word of our work continues to spread. We were heavily featured in the BBC’s Electrifying Africa; Beyond the Grid series with our social […]

Mission complete… now for the data

Blogger: Kat Harrison, Social Impact and Research Manager Twitter: @sunrise_kat Tumblr: (Above: Research Assistants, Tanzania)   I expect you’re probably wondering what’s the latest with all this clever research we’re doing at SolarAid? Yes, I thought so. Well, mission completed: the first phase of our impact measurement function has been set up in Africa. Research Assistants […]

Win a signed copy of Ian McEwan’s novel, Solar

At 7.55am on 30 December, SolarAiders will be waking up early to hear Booker Prize winner, Ian McEwan, tell BBC Radio 4 listeners why he supports our work. To celebrate we want to give you this book (yes the one in the lovely sunny photo above). Ian McEwan is a world-renowned writer who learnt about SolarAid following research […]