Help solar energy spread like wildfire in Africa

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With more and more rural communities in Africa discovering the power of solar energy, small charity SolarAid has now become the leading retailer of solar lighting solutions on the continent.

They've sold 1.4 million solar lights so far, replacing dirty and polluting kerosene lanterns, and providing isolated communities with new opportunities to conduct business, study, and communicate. But there's much more to be done. So far, they are only operating in 4 out 54 countries on the continent.

That's why SolarAid is using the Lima climate summit to launch a major new crowdfunding campaign, looking to generate £250,000 (about $400,000) to expand its reach and build its operations in several new countries. If successful, the campaign could even see donations from UK residents matched by the UK government too.

This isn't the only push SolarAid is making. The charity's founder, Jeremy Leggett—former oil man, founder and chairman of Solarcentury, who we interviewed here—is also looking to form a club of companies willing to put 5% of their profits annually toward climate action and development in perpetuity.

Here's the details. And head on over to IndieGoGo if you'd like to support their efforts.

Help solar energy spread like wildfire in Africa
SolarAid's latest crowdfunding campaign could see matching funds pledged by the UK government.

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