Education and development


Solar energy provides people in developing countries:

  • Access to better education
  • Clean water
  • Improved health care
  • Poverty alleviation

To help people to help themselves


We combine social and financial sustainability:

  • We install solar systems in rural areas.
  • We provide micro credits.
  • We train solar technicians.
  • We create sustainable jobs.

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Already more than 1 million people are benefitting from our work.


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++ Good news: the hype of solar lanterns seems to come to an end!

by Harald SchĂĽtzeichel

People in off-grid areas demand with increasing pressure a professional power supply, that offers more than one or two light sources. In fact, the number of companies, that embraces the customers’ needs for a comprehensive power supply, is increasing. The time of obsession with mobile lamps is coming to an end - and that's a good thing. 

How successful rural electrification looks like, including local value added from production to maintenance and customer finance, can be learned from the example of Bangladesh. The leading country in off-grid electrification is widely being ignored by the international "off-grid community" - why?


++ The user-value of rural electrification: An analysis and adoption of existing models and theories.

by Stephanie Hirmer, Heather Cruickshank

Learning from the design, psychology and sociology literatures, it is important that rural electrification projects incorporate the value perception of the end-user and extend their success beyond the commonly used criteria of financial value, the appropriateness of the technology, capacity building and technology uptake. Creating value for the end-user is particularly important for project acceptance and the sustainability of a scheme once it has been handed over to the local community.


++ Solar Empowerment in a Rural Nicaraguan Community.

by Laurie Guevara-Stone

Forty years ago Sabana Grande, a small community in northern Nicaragua, was ravaged by war. Now you will find people sitting under solar-powered lights, eating solar-cooked chicken, and drinking smoothies made by a bicycle-powered blender. Sabana Grande (pop. 2,000), in the mountains of Totogalpa, about 20 miles from the Honduran border, has embraced a solar culture that has transformed the community.


++ Ethiopian educational mobile app set for launch. Pilot in solar village Rema.

by Gabriella Mulligan

Ethiopian startup AhadooTec is set to launch an educational mobile app to make study materials more accessible and to serve as a personalised learning platform, in efforts to boost secondary education in the country. The pilot will start in April 2014 in the capital Addis Ababa and in solar village Rema, a rural village 250km up north from Addis Ababa in order to compare the urban and rural situations.



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