As the UN International Year of Light is launched, UK-based charity SolarAid announces that its social enterprise has sold 1.5 million solar lights.
The organisation has also been recognised by the Zayed Future Energy Prize for its work bringing clean, solar power to rural African communities.
SolarAid’s ceo, Andrew Webb, said: “Today, we have hit a new milestone, SolarAid’s work has enabled almost 1.5 million African families to wake up with clean, safe solar light in their homes.
“By recognising this impact, and SolarAid’s ambition to bring solar energy to millions more, the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize is raising awareness of a powerful solution to energy access. Solar lights are helping the world’s poorest people lift themselves from fuel poverty, with another light sold every minute. In Africa, a brighter, low-carbon future is not just possible, it is possible right now.”