About this solar blog
This site is all about increasing access to solar energy in Africa for people living in areas without electricity….which pretty much means most people living in rural sub Saharan Africa. I hope it will make interesting reading. I will try and post videos and photos as much as I can to keep it lively!
The solar sector in Africa has developed alot over the last decade. My involvement began when I lived as a volunteer in the rural Tanzanian village of Uhomini in 2000/01 and experienced life without electricity. I don’t think that it’s an understatement to say that it was an experience that changed my life… and I’ve been trying to pay back rural Africa ever since.
It took me a couple of years to raise the money, but I decided to return to Africa in 2004, to start my own ‘Do It Yourself’ Solar projects in Kenya and Tanzania (2004 – 07). See: DIY Solar for more info.
In 2007 I joined, what was then, the smallest of NGOs, called SolarAid (www.solar-aid.org). We’ve since been able to grow SolarAid from a two man team working from home in London, to a 50 strong team operating in five countries and bringing solar power to literally tens of thousands of people across Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia… and this is still just the beginning. SolarAid now owns a social enterprise called SunnyMoney which implements our work in Africa, of which I am the Managing Director.
So please feel free to scroll through some of the pages in this blog which basically offer a bit of a window into how the solar sector, in particular the ‘microsolar’ or ‘picosolar’ sector in Africa, has developed in recent years from a grass roots cottage industry into one which promises to make a huge impact on how rural Africa lights and powers its homes.
The technology is getting better, the prices are coming down and our teams are out there spreading the word.