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yet here we are in the 21st with over 600 million people in Africa forced to light their homes with dangerous, outdated, technologies such as candles and kerosene lamps.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

Double Your Money and Be Amazing!

November 11, 2014

The UK government has just committed to DOUBLING all donations you make to SolarAid between now and 5th February! So if you want to help us bring a wholly unacceptable situation to an end… the days where hundreds of millions of people living across Africa are forced to burn candles and kerosene for some basic evening light (think […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gravity Light

December 13, 2012

In 2008, Nick Sireau (former director of SolarAid) and I got in touch with a design company in London called Therefore as, at the time, SolarAid was thinking about manufacturing a low cost solar light for the rural African market. Why is there such a need for light in rural Africa? This short video,  which […]

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 […]

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 […]