SolarAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean, renewable, energy.
Yet today, 578 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. This forces people across the continent to cut their day short at around 6pm, with many relying on expensive, toxic and dangerous lighting sources such as candles and kerosene lamps.
This unacceptable situation has a negative impact on every facet of life, trapping people in poverty. Children cannot study and do their homework in the dark. Kerosene flames are harmful to people’s health. Lack of light and electricity make it harder for people to make a living. Burning fossil fuels just to see at night also harms the environment.
The most pressing issue, however, is safety. Too many people risk their lives every single night, by relying on candles and rudimentary kerosene lamps, just to light their homes.
Our mission is to light up every home, school and clinic in Africa by 2030, using safe, clean, solar power.
Together, we are making light work.