An exciting new partnership between New Energy Solar and the innovative Australian charity SolarBuddy was announced. The alliance will see more than 20,000 lightweight solar lights delivered to rural communities in Papua New Guinea and parts of Africa over the next three years, providing approximately 60,000 children living in energy poverty with safe solar lighting to further their educational opportunities.
“We are really pleased to have formed this alliance with SolarBuddy and to have become one of their corporate partners. There is a real meeting of the minds between our organisations with respect to the simplicity and utility of solar power,” said John Martin, CEO of New Energy Solar.
Meeting the energy demands of the world’s growing population is one of the greatest challenges of our time, particularly in isolated, disadvantaged communities that do not have access to safe, reliable and modern electricity. Energy poverty impacts whole communities but most particularly children, preventing them from doing their homework and depriving them of the opportunity to learn, thrive and lift themselves out of poverty.
Renewable technology can be easily made available in many parts of the world to replace dangerous and harmful products like kerosene as an energy source. With the help of New Energy Solar, SolarBuddy’s school and corporate education programs will continue to assist children living in energy poverty by giving them the gift of a solar light.
“Globally it is estimated that 1.4 billion people do not have access to modern electricity. This is a staggering figure particularly given that we have technology and the means to alleviate the energy burden of all people,” said Simon Doble, CEO of SolarBuddy. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with New Energy Solar and with their support we’ll be able to reach thousands more children, providing them with a solar light to assist them to study and learn long after the sun goes down and to improve their overall health and wellbeing.”
“It really is up to innovative partnerships to drive the way in the renewable energy space,” continued Doble, “We can’t wait for governments as too often partnerships collapse with policy or party change. So it’s really up to us to lead the charge and get the job done.”
Together the partnership between New Energy Solar and SolarBuddy captures the promise of solar energy, which can transform lives in a way that is not only cheap, easily constructed and transported, but free from the environmental cost of traditional energy sources. This exciting new partnership will help to end the devastating cycle of energy poverty for the world’s most marginalised communities.