To date, SolarAid has installed over 150 rural solar systems in Africa and plans to double this number in the coming year. With only a small fraction of people living in rural Africa currently enjoying access to electricity, SolarAid is planning to increase the scale of its work so that it can reach as many people as possible and continue to contribute towards the growth of solar market in Africa.
SolarAid - A growing solar charity increasing access to electricity in rural Africa
John Keane | SolarAid
Over 1 billion people on the planet are living without access to electricity – the majority living in rural areas in developing countries. In rural Africa, barely 2% of household have access to the electricity grid. SolarAid is growing international organisation which was set up to help tackle this problem through providing households, schools, clinics and community centres in rural Africa with access to viable, affordable and clean solar energy options.
Credit: Steve Woodward
- Communities contribute towards the cost of instsalling a system. This creates a sense of community ownership and responsibility towards a system.
- SolarAid trains local technicians who can then repair systems in the future.
- SolarAid also offers trainings to the people who will be using the systems so that systems are well understood and maintained and not misused.
- The cost of maintaining a system in the future is also carefully explained so that the community committees managing the system can develop a business plan that will help ensure funds are available in the future to replace batteries and other system components.
Students at Nyangwayo School in Muhuru Bay, Western Kenya celebrate their solar installation.
Photo Credit - SolarAid
For more information about SolarAid, visit www.solar-aid.org
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