1. Introducing the latest Lego mini-figure from SolarAid. A SunnyMoney top solar light seller (note medal) with SunKing Pro and ERP manual.

    Dedicated to Daniel Paterson for his dedication and support.

     
  2. Oct 11th, 2013     solaraidsunnymoneysolar
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    Spreading the light

    Its amazing the ‘ripple effect’ a solar light can have. 

    When Steve Taylor provided a solar study light to James Hall when he was in Europe, who in turn shared it with John Martin from Qioptic back in the US, the ripple effect started.

    John immediately thought that others, who share his passion for solar, should see and hear about these lights and the impact they are making in Africa. What better opportunity than the up and coming Photo Voltatic Specialists conference in Tampa, Florida. 

    John who was the Exhibits and Sponsorship Chair got in touch with  Ryne Rafaelle and Chris Jannuzzi also involved in the conference to help make it happen.

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    But how were SolarAid, based in the UK, to have a presence in Florida USA in a matter of weeks?

    John had someone in mind. Up stepped Kyle from California who immediately ‘got’ what SolarAid were up to as he has a brother working in Africa.

    Kyle in turn got together a team prepared to give their time.

    We sent over the artwork for posters and post cards that were printed locally and arranged solar lights (and kerosene tin lamps) for the conference exhibition. Tracy Tarant got them to the exhibit on time. 

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    And it’s just as well. the SolarAid booth was “totally swamped” and enabled SolarAid to reach hundreds of PV professionals with a passion for solar.

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    So a big sunny thank you to the amazing team of volunteers who represented SolarAid in Florida, dedicating many hours in helping spread the word about our mission.

    Kyle Montgomery, Nick Alexander and Susan Spencer, Souhib Harb we salute you.

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    Steve, James, John, Ryne, Chris, and Tracy thanks for making the ripple effect happen. We couldn’t have done it without you. That’s the power of solar!

    And we hope the ripple effect will continue … from the interest successfully generated at PVSC in SolarAid’s work at and our mission. 

    So be careful when a solar light reaches your hand  things will start to happen. It’s through the actions of people like this that we will eradicate the kerosene lamp by the end of the decade. 

     
  4. Jun 28th, 2013     solarPVSCSolarAid
  5. Amazing what pictures you can take of a solar light! Picture of the week has to got to these captivating pictures taken on a Duke of Edinburgh camping hike in the UK.

     
  6. Jun 27th, 2013     solarlightcamping
  7. I have the shirt, warm wishes from friends and colleagues, and the Sun is out. The Blenheim triathlon awaits… BHAG busting!

    I have the shirt, warm wishes from friends and colleagues, and the Sun is out. The Blenheim triathlon awaits… BHAG busting!

     
  8. Jun 7th, 2013     SunSolarTriathlon
  9. Have you noticed what happen’s when people say “SunnyMoney” for the first time? Try out the SunnyMoney test on people you meet and you will see it has interesting effect. :)

     
  10. Dec 16th, 2012     SunnyMoneySolarSmileSunSunshineSolarAid
  11. How many lights?

    I’m really excited. We’ve created a new sort of currency at SolarAid.

    1 SL = £ 6 or $9

    An ‘SL’ is a solar light of course. 

    SolarAid is on a mission to sell 300,000 solar lights by the end of March to people in Africa who use kerosene for light. 

    Every time we sell a solar light we worked out it currently costs SolarAid £6.

    The £6 pays for the cost of promoting solar lights through our SunnyMoney teams in remote rural communities. It’s the cost of offering families choice of quality solar lights that meet their needs. Choice. Isn’t that a great word? That’s the power when people become ‘customers’ not recipients of aid. 

    So you could say £6 cost of getting a solar light into the hands of someone prepared to buy it. In effect you’re sharing the cost of a solar light.

    So we have 300,000 solar lights to share the cost with. And the great thing is the more we sell the more that cost will fall. Then we won’t need charity (not that charity is a bad thing - it’s just its good to know we have an end plan).

    "How many lights would you like to fund?’ feels so much more powerful than asking "How much would you like to give?". And when individuals do that remarkable and magical act of donating we can truly say your £60 gift has funded 10 solar lights.

    So we are going to launch a campaign to ask the world to share the cost of a solar light.

    This is why I am so excited. 

    I’m up for sharing the cost of 30 over the year. That’s just £15 a month.

    299,970 to go.

    How many will you fund?

     
  12. Aug 12th, 2012     solarsolaraid
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    Feeling battered and bruised but positive about the road ahead
    — Sean Conway, having been hit by a truck on his world record attempt, and hearing he can continue his bid to be the fastest person to cycle the earth
     
  14. Mar 27th, 2012     Sean ConwayWorld RecordCyclingSolar
  15. Solar - the power to dream

     “We are at peace”

    This was the first thing Rose said when I asked what difference solar power has made. Rose is the manager of Cheryl’s Children’s Home, an orphanage in Nairobi, where 73 children live aged between 3 and 12 and a further 130 receive schooling through the foster care programme.

     

    In the past if there was a power cut in this part of Nairobi, or worse still they had their power suddenly cut off because they couldn’t keep up their electricity payments, the children at the orphanage would be afraid. “Now there is no fear because whatever happens we have light”.

    Rose went on to say what they no longer have.

    Now money they save from the use of solar power can be used for medication, food, or water.

    “We don’t have lack of water because we have to pay their electricity bill”.

    “We don’t have lack of food because we have to pay their electricity bill”.

    Solar power provides much more than light. With the money they now save it provides water, food and medicine. But it provides even more as I soon realised.

    As I finished my visit I met three children and able to ask them questions. The question that finally got them to relax was“What football team do you support?”!  I then asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. The answers: a newsreader (Liverpool), a journalist (Manchester United) and a pilot (Chelsea).

    I learned something very important from my visit. In addition to providing cost savings which helps to run the orphanage,solar power has taken away children’s fears and allowed them to dream.

     
  16. Dec 1st, 2011     KenyaSolarDreamChelseaLiverpoolManchester United
  17. SUNSHINE ON A RAINY DAY. Meet Bob Agar as I did today. He and his mum run a business in Kaberia, Nairobi, selling solar lights from SunnyMoney. People like solar as its safer and they don’t have to pay to use electricity from the unpredictable grid.

    SUNSHINE ON A RAINY DAY. Meet Bob Agar as I did today. He and his mum run a business in Kaberia, Nairobi, selling solar lights from SunnyMoney. People like solar as its safer and they don’t have to pay to use electricity from the unpredictable grid.

     
  18. Oct 19th, 2011     solarSunnyMoneyentrepreneur