Sub-Saharan Africa

Solar Rural Schools Project: South Africa

Oct 10th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: SELF, Solar PV, Sub-Saharan Africa

Building on their earlier success in South Africa, in 2008 the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) solar-electrified three schools in the Eastern Cape Province, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. Funded through the generosity of the Kellogg Foundation and JP Morgan Chase, with laptops provided by Dell Computers, two thousand students and their families now have [...]

Zambia Community Centres Project

Aug 20th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Solar-Aid, Sub-Saharan Africa

In Zambia there’s a pressing need to provide a minimum of energy for poor families. Energy options are limited to kerosene and candles for lighting and wood for cooking. Rising kerosene prices across the world mean that people living in rural Zambia are being forced to pay more and more each week to light their [...]

Solar power takes off in Kenya

Jun 17th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Sub-Saharan Africa

In rural Kenya, where there is no electricity, solar systems have proven popular with small-scale businesses and farms, where it is used to power water pumps and lighting. Solar energy is cheap compared to electricity because, once the necessary equipment has been installed, there is no additional monthly charge. Additionally solar systems require little maintenance, [...]