Solar for Africa Blog
The electric light bulb was invented in the 19th century, yet here we are in the 21st with over 600 million people in Africa forced to light their homes with dangerous, outdated, technologies such as candles and kerosene lamps. This is unacceptable for so many reasons. This site is all how the pico-solar revolution is changing the situation.

1 Million Solar Lights

As we celebrate achieving 1 million solar light sales across Africa, now feels like a good time think a little about how this incredible milestone has been achieved.

In truth, there is no single reason. Instead, there are many ingredients. If forced to summarise in a few bullet points (that’s what blogs are for – right?), I’d say the ingredients are:

  • Unbelievable supporters who always believed in us
  • Unwavering commitment and self-belief of our teams (Thanks guys)
  • Appetite to try, fail and learn
  • Not being afraid to disregard the ideas that don’t quite work
  • When something starts to work, adopt it, adapt it, evolve it, replicate it and focus
  • Ever improving value of the solar lights we sell
  • A bit of luck (but ya make your own luck…right!?)

I have learned an incredible amount on this journey, from the very first light we made…which you can see here (yes we have it on video!) to the celebration of reaching a million, which you can see here.

We’ve had plenty of challenges over the years and I (and everyone at SolarAid and its social enterprise SunnyMoney) will continue to learn, as the journey towards eradicating the kerosene light from Africa continues. But so long as we stick to the bullet points above, I know that it won’t be too long before we’re celebrating our next million.

Thanks to everyone for believing – it’s a dream come true.












2 Responses to “1 Million Solar Lights”

  1. 1 million would sound so little in a country like Uganda, let alone Africa but 1 million solar lights are scaled differently; on average a typical African household comprises of 5 individuals. Therefore, roughly 1,000,000 lights brighten (literally) the lives of 5,000,000 people! The first million is always the hardest, remember that! Aluta Continua SunnyMoney, Uganda awaits!

  2. 600m fellow Africans do not have power. I can’t imagine anyone of them not wanting a solar light. That can only tell us that there’s so little done and so much more to do. The struggle must therefore continue so help us God!

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