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Solar Energy Solutions for the Developing World

"There are 1.3 billion people without electricity as we speak. This figure has remained like this for the last 50 years. If we don't do anything, it will remain like this until 2030." Jessica Marshall

"As someone who cares deeply about this planet, the idea that in this day and age young children die every year due to lack of electricity is simply unacceptable. What people want in life is a purpose. They don't want to merely survive - what they want is an opportunity to provide a life for themselves and a chance to prove their worth. Getting them out of energy poverty gives them that opportunity." Scarlett Johansson

"Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty," said World Bank Vice President Rachel Kyte. "It is energy that lights the lamp that lets you do your homework, that keeps the heat on in a hospital, that lights the small businesses where most people work. Without energy, there is no economic growth, there is no dynamism, and there is no opportunity."

Key facts on energy poverty
  • App. 80% of the world's rural population does not have access to electricity
  • 780 million people lack access to clean water that electricity could help provide
  • Indoor cooking using traditional solid fuels cause up to 2 million deaths a year
  • 60% of African businesses state that unreliable power supply affects their operations and growth negatively