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Press release: Brits turn to solar power for sustainable and affordable energy

  Just under half (48%)* of Brits believe solar energy is the most cost-effective form of powering light as, Over a third (37%) look to buy more solar powered products Yet, despite householders taking sustainable steps with their own energy supply, almost all Brits (82%) are unaware that 771 million people worldwide live without electricity […]

500 families’ lives are getting brighter

As you are reading this, one more family’s life is brighter. Our team in Malawi is busy right now installing solar home systems in 500 houses, a whole village in Malawi, under our project ‘Light a Village’.   Since the announcement of the project, our team has been preparing for this day. Research has gone […]

The magic that happens in the field

  “It was not easy before, we used to use phones to screen patients in the out-patient department, now all the rooms are well lit making it easy,” Keith Samanata, Community Health Assistant of Miputu Health Post, Masaiti District.   One year later, we visited these clinics to see how the solar systems were working and […]

The power of business: Unlocking local potential through cooperatives

  “The developing world is full of entrepreneurs and visionaries, who with access to education, equity and credit would play a key role in developing the economic situations in their countries.”  This was said by Muhammad Yunus, the leading pioneer for modern microfinance. His work through the Nobel Peace Prize winning Grameen Bank has shown […]

Statkraft partners with SolarAid to tackle climate change and energy poverty

PRESS RELEASE Statkraft intends to support SolarAid with donations totalling £2m over three years. 548 million people are living without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, impacting their ability to learn, work and feel safe after dark. For the first time since 2013 the number of people who do not have access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa […]


SolarAid and ElleSolaire renewing their partnership to light up more homes

  In 2015 the world committed to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by 2030. Six years on, progress on SDG7 in Africa, which aims to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, is going in the wrong direction. For the first time since 2013, the number of people who have […]

Sister Grace welcomes a newborn into the world with her solar light.

Powering St. Paul’s Mission Rural Health Centre

  For rural health clinics in many parts of Africa, electricity is not being taken for granted. In sub-Saharan Africa, 3 in 4 health facilities are estimated to operate without reliable access to electricity. When the sun sets, clinics operate in darkness. Medical appliances are without power, laboratories are at a stand-still. At many clinics, […]