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yet here we are in the 21st with over 600 million people in Africa forced to light their homes with dangerous, outdated, technologies such as candles and kerosene lamps.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

Awards for our work!

June 21, 2013

We’ve been lucky enough to win two prestigious awards in the past few weeks: Google’s Global Impact Challenge  International Gold at the Ashden awards At the same time, our teams have continued the great momentum we have with solar light sales in Africa. We’ve now topped half a million sales and, incredibly, over 20% of […]

‘Electrifying Africa: Beyond the Grid’

March 1, 2013

We’re thrilled to say that BBC Radio 4 are covering the work of SunnyMoney in their upcoming ‘Costing the Earth’ radio programme ‘Electrifying Africa: Beyond the Grid,’ which will be broadcast on Tues 5 March  at 15.30 GMT and again on Wed 6 March  at 21:00 GMT. Click on the photo of our very own Solar Roller […]

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).

Don’t miss it!

December 23, 2012

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, […]

BBC: Solar solutions to eradicate kerosene

September 27, 2012

The Economist covered the African solar revolution a couple of weeks ago and now the BBC has written a great article about SunnyMoney’s work. Click here. Great to see this – the more people who learn about the issue of kerosene lighting and the over 1 billion people living without electricity, the better. Solar lighting is today […]

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 […]