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yet here we are in the 21st with over 600 million people in Africa forced to light their homes with dangerous, outdated, technologies such as candles and kerosene lamps.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

Pico-solar Electric Systems: Book Release

April 11, 2014

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my book: PICO-SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS: THE EARTHSCAN EXPERT GUIDE TO THE TECHNOLOGY AND EMERGING MARKET   You can order it HERE  (Please share and retweet!) Pico-solar electric systems are a category of small solar systems, revolutionising off-grid communities in developing countries and increasingly common in urban centres as […]

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 […]

The Myth of Electrification

January 24, 2013

Great article from Evan Mills – The Myth of Electrification – LuminaNET. This is so true. It is all too common for households across Africa to be located right next to power lines, but have no access to electricity. It’s often too expensive for households to pay the connection fee – let alone the monthly power […]

We want your brains!

December 15, 2012

For an opportunity to run our exciting new innovations unit, SunnyMoney Brains, read on! At SunnyMoney, we are always getting bright ideas about how we can increase access to electricity for people living ‘off the electricity grid.’ This year, after years of effort, I’m pleased to say that we are getting quite good selling lots […]

One amazing bike ride

October 19, 2012

I’ve just seen this great photo taken by Steve Woodward from our SunnyMoney team in Zambia. There are 58 solar lights on the back of this headteacher’s motorbike which he’s delivering to his local community. That’s alot of solar lights and alot people who are now using solar lighting as a result of this one, simple, […]

The Economist | Solar lighting: Lighting the way

September 4, 2012

This is the best opening summary about the picosolar sector I have seen…and it’s from The Economist. I have nothing to add to these lines: (Full Article Here) WHICH plastic gadget, fitting neatly in one hand, can most quickly improve the lives of the world’s poorest people? For the past decade the answer has been […]

Robin from team Zambia talks about his favourite solar light

August 27, 2012

Thought I’d share this short and cheerful 45 second video of Robin, from SunnyMoney Zambia, talking about his favourite picosolar product which I recorded on my mobile phone recently. I love the fact that he loves this product! A good choice if you ask me, the Sun King Pro solar light is well built, bright, charges […]

Small is beautiful (and affordable)

June 25, 2012

Over the years, solar has, quite rightly in many cases, got a bit of a bad press in Africa. The reason for the bad press typically revolves around the fact that many off grid solar systems, once installed, fall into disrepair after a few short years. Indeed, at SolarAid, we installed 415 solar systems on […]

Visit to Bomet District, Kenya

June 7, 2012

Yesterday I joined the SunnyMoney Kenya team in Bomet District to see how they were getting on with their Student Lights Campaign, which is hoping to sell 1500 lights this week. It was great to see such enthusiasm for solar lights, with people stopping each other in the streets to show off and chat about […]

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.