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Logo solaraid.png
Founded 2006
Founder Jeremy Leggett
Type International Development charity
Focus Solar market catalysation
  • London, UK
Area served
Product Solar lamps, lanterns and home-systems

SolarAid is an international development charity which is working to create a sustainable market for solar lights in Africa. The organisation's aim is to reduce global poverty and climate change. SolarAid wholly owns an African 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.

Aims and focus[edit]

SolarAid aims to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020 through the creation of a sustainable market for solar lights. The charity's social enterprise, SunnyMoney, operates in East Africa, in Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi.[1] A pilot project has also been conducted in 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]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2015, Indian Canadian singer Raghav released the single "Until the Sun Comes Up" in support of the SolarAid efforts. The single features also vocals from Indian film superstar actor Abhishek Bachchan and American rapper and singer Nelly.

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