SolarAid was created in 2006 by former members of Solarcentury (1st solar company in UK), leaded by iconic Jeremy Leggett and Nick Sireau. SolarAid is the first British international development charity that promotes the use of solar energy to help reduce poverty in rural Eastern and Southern Africa (Kenya, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia ...) .
Solaraid research showed that the average household in a developing country spends between 10-20% of its income on kerosene for lighting, batteries for radios and charging mobile phones. Barely 2% of rural populations in most of Africa have access to electricity forcing them to rely on kerosene, candles, car batteries and firewood for fuel. However, kerosene is toxic, batteries are polluting and firewood collection leads to massive deforestation.