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FounderJeremy Leggett
TypeInternational Development charity
FocusSolar market catalysation
  • London, UK
Area served
ProductSolar lamps, lanterns and home-systems

SolarAid is an international development charity which is working to create a sustainable market for solar lights in Africa. In line with the Sustainable Development Goal 7: "Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all", the organisation's aim is to reduce global poverty and climate change through providing access to solar lights for rural communities. SolarAid wholly owns the social enterprise, SunnyMoney,[1] the largest seller of solar lights in Africa.[2] SolarAid was founded by Solarcentury, a solar energy company based in the UK.

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SolarAid aims to light up every home, school and clinic in Africa by 2030, using safe, clean, solar power. The charity's social enterprise, SunnyMoney, operates in Zambia and Malawi.[1] SolarAid also work through partners in Uganda and Senegal in West Africa.[3]


SolarAid is the recipient of a 2013 Google Global Impact Award,[4] a 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business Award.[5] and the 2013 Ashden Gold Award.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Home | SunnyMoney - Life is Getting Brighter". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  2. ^ "Small Charity Beats Oil Giant, Becomes Largest Seller of Solar Lights in Africa". TreeHugger. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  3. ^ "Ashden Awards winner SolarAid makes solar lights available in rural Senegal". Energy For Impact. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ "Google Dot Org". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  5. ^ Thorpe, Lorna (2013-05-16). "SolarAid: providing a brighter future for African villages". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  6. ^ "SolarAid | Ashden Award Winner 2013". Ashden. 2017-05-30. Retrieved 2019-06-05.

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