We understand there is no one solution for all energy and lighting problems and invest in on-ground research for the right solutions. We have a range of solar lights through different companies, from single study lamps to home kits and village kits for the market place, schools and medical clinics. Solar capabilities have come a long way and we source the right technology for each application. Battery life and the ability to store a charge mean laptops, mobile phones, water purifiers and radios can all run off one device whilst still providing light at night.
Sub-Saharan Africa gets an average of 327 days of sunshine per year. The International Energy Agency admits that half of those without electricity today will never be on the grid. Current solar technology is more affordable, reliable and sustainable than setting up unstable electricity grids with limited infrastructure and resources in a harsh environment.
Solar Technology and its Potential
Solar technology has improved immeasurably. Extended battery life and the ability to store a charge mean laptops, mobile phones, sensors, water pumps and radios can all run off one device. There are an estimated 800 million mobile phones in Africa without access to electricity. The average African travels as much as 5-7 km per day to recharge his/her phone. The mobile market is not only for communications, medical applications, farming applications, and learning applications but creates an economy that can adapt to different cultures and environments as well. Solar products must be robust, easy to use, multi-functional and reasonably priced. The Light Foundation sources the right technology for each application.
Trade Not Aid
The Light Foundation wants to invest in long-term solutions for people living in poverty, who like you and me, want the opportunity to improve their quality of life, provide for their families, and see their communities prosper. Studies show that providing basic energy access increases household incomes by 50%. Furthermore, it is estimated that over 10 million small to medium businesses in Africa operate without light and access to power. We see solar light and energy as a long term, sustainable investment for economic development, providing a tool for those in the dark to change their circumstances.