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Published on April 12th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


SolarAid Has Delivered 1.5 Million Solar Lights In Africa (Video Interview)

April 12th, 2015 by  

When you think of solar aid in Africa, you very likely think of… SolarAid. The UK nonprofit has been bringing solar power and efficient lighting to homes in Africa for several years, and it just recently delivered its 1.5 millionth solar light (improving the lives of >6 million people, and saving them hundreds of millions of dollars — in total, not each 😉 ).

SolarAid was a 2014 and 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist, and I had the opportunity to interview Chief Fundraiser Richard Turner during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week*. Learn more about the organization, its impact, and its goals in the following video.

*Full Disclosure: Masdar covered my trip to Abu Dhabi for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in 2014 and 2015, and I do some contract work for the clean energy corporation. 


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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