The world is behind the required pace to reach UN Sustainable Development Goal 7: clean and affordable energy for all by 2030. SolarAid has been trying to help to lead the way, and we are approaching our 2 millionth solar light sale in Africa. Today we launch a product, with our partner Namene Solar Light Company, of which we have great hopes. A good time for a state-of-play report, in the form of a pictures-and-charts history. In preparing this, I am hoping others can learn from our mistakes as well as successes, and share in our excitement about the prospects for hitting this vital target for humankind. As ever, the powerpoint original is available in the slideshow folder.
Jeremy Leggett 3rd Dec 2018 read more »
FAMILIES in low-income or developing countries who have no access to mains electricity could benefit from a solar-powered, sustainable lamp developed by a Scottish university. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have built the “Solar What?!” from recycled plastics and ethically-sourced electronic components. The device is powered by widely available mobile phone batteries, can be repaired with non-specialist tools and charged from a range of second-hand solar modules. It was designed by the university’s School of Social and Political Science in partnership with Edinburgh based design agency Cramasie, to promote responsible production and reduce electronic waste in the solar energy industry. The lamp could help address emerging challenges around electronic and plastic waste, say researchers, particularly in areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asian countries where demand is high. The University of Edinburgh has signed an agreement with international charity Solar Aid to support the development of the Solar What?! and promote sustainability in the off-grid solar industry. The first batch of devices will be made available to schoolchildren and their families in Zambia early next year.
The National 4th Dec 2018 read more »