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century, yet here we are in the 21st with over 600 million people in Africa forced to light their homes with dangerous, outdated, technologies such as candles and kerosene lamps.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.

Posts Tagged ‘kerosene

From Tanzania to Uganda; looking back and moving forward

June 12, 2014

In March this year SolarAid celebrated one million solar lights in Africa and whilst there is still much to do, I used this milestone to take a moment to look back and reflect. 13 years ago I was living in rural Tanzania. Uhomini village was my first experience of Africa and I lived next door […]

Tanzania Electricity access in pictures

February 14, 2013

Following on from the Myth of Electrification post…. Last week I spent time in western Tanzania in the regions of Mwanza and Shinyanga, visiting our teams there who are selling a phenomenal amount of solar lights at the moment. As with many of Tanzania’s main roads, the road between Mwanza and Shinyanga is, for the […]

Ian McEwan on SolarAid

December 27, 2012

Here’s a short video about why Ian McEwan supports  SolarAid. Please share and then listen to the whole BBC Radio 4 interview here on 30th December at 7.55am & 9.25pm (UK times).

Reflections from the plane…

May 17, 2012

I’m sat on a plane right now typing this enroute to see the SunnyMoney teams in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. Plane rides tend to give me time to reflect a little and I just feel the need to put this out there… In 2006 SolarAid was born out of enthusiastic, like minded, volunteers in […]

New SolarAid Video!

May 4, 2012

Watch (and share!) this great 3 minute video from SolarAid! It’s fun and tells the story of how just one, small, solar light can transform lives in rural Africa.    

Kerosene Kills (Sorry to be all doom and gloom…)

January 28, 2012

I’ve just read Bill Bryson’s book ‘At Home’  – great book! You learn all sorts of really interesting stuff about how the world around us has evolved over the centuries (Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb first…that was apparently a chap in Newcastle called Joseph Swan in the 1870s) and where a lot of the […]

Life without electricity video 2012

January 15, 2012

Yes, I’ve discovered video editing software! So here’s the first solar video I have  uploaded onto youtube, which I hope you’ll like. It’s shot in rural Tanzania, at my old neighbour’s house. Dancing in the dark 2012 here we come! If it gets to 500 views by the end of Jan 2012, I’ll grow a mustache […]