People’s Choice Award 2024 Bronze £2.5-£5 million

The power of a solar light

Film & Campaign Description

Every time someone switches on a solar powered light, it’s an instant win for people and the planet.

Sunshine is in abundance in Africa. But when the sun goes down the working day ends for millions of people without electricity. You can help change the story at the flick of a switch.

When you help get one of our portable solar lights into the hands of a farmer, a child or a midwife, it means they can work, study and deliver babies long into the night. With every light you’re helping to make local enterprise happen. And you are helping entire communities make the leap to a greener future.

Real, sustainable change can happen. And it can happen overnight.


SolarAid is an international development charity working to deliver clean, safe, and affordable solar lights to rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa, reaching the places no one else goes to. SolarAid has learnt the best way to ensure universal access to energy and to make lasting change happen faster, is to build local, sustainable businesses and involve communities. By selling solar lights rather than giving them away they build a market which spreads faster than handouts and is sustainable. Rather than beneficiaries people are then customers which gives them rights if products are faulty.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: