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Charity supports solar in developing countries
It's a while since we announced the launch of SolarAid, a UK-based charity aimed at relieving poverty through solar energy. The organization started out small with a community solar project in Malawi, but it seems they have been busy since then. In fact, SolarAid has just been nominated for the shortlist for the Charity of the Year category at the Charity Times Awards, and they are developing some innovative programs for promoting solar where it is needed most.SolarAid is aiming to support small scale entrepreneurs through its Sunny Money solar micro-franchisee program. The scheme provides solar micro-franchisees in Kenya training in business, and micro-finance loans to purchase equipment that is used to build and repair small solar products. The panels are then sold to charge batteries and phones and power light bulbs - reducing the community's dependence on harmful and expensive kerosene, and improving communications and education in rural areas.
Other programs include financing solar power in rural Argentina, electricity generation for community projects in Malawi, and solar for schools in Tanzania. SolarAid is financed in part by TreeHugger favorites Solarcentury (in 2008, Solarcentury was officially the UK's fastest growing energy company!), who donate 5% of their profits to the charity. Here's hopind SolarAid keeps blazing a bright new clean energy path for some time to come!