Alliance brings solar to countries in energy poverty

Rural communities living in energy poverty will benefit from a partnership between New Energy Solar and innovative Australian charity SolarBuddy.

The alliance will see more than 20,000 lightweight solar lights delivered to rural communities in Papua New Guinea and parts of Africa in the next three years, providing approximately 60,000 children living in energy poverty with safe solar lighting to further their educational opportunities.

“We are really pleased to have formed this alliance with SolarBuddy and to have become one of their corporate partners,” New Energy Solar CEO John Martin said.

“There is a real meeting of the minds between our organisations with respect to the simplicity and utility of solar power.”

Energy poverty impacts whole communities but particularly children, preventing them from doing their homework and depriving them of the opportunity to learn, thrive and lift themselves out of poverty, Mr Martin said.

With the help of New Energy Solar, SolarBuddy’s school and corporate education programs will continue to assist children living in energy poverty by giving them the gift of a solar light.

SolarBuddy CEO Simon Doble said it is estimated 1.4 billion people around the globe do not have access to modern electricity.

“This is a staggering figure particularly given we have technology and the means to alleviate the energy burden of all people,” Mr Doble said.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with New Energy Solar and with their support we’ll be able to reach thousands more children, providing them with a solar light to assist them to study and learn long after the sun goes down and to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

“It really is up to innovative partnerships to drive the way in the renewable energy space.

“We can’t wait for governments as too often partnerships collapse with policy or party change. So it’s really up to us to lead the charge and get the job done.”