In August 2016, SkyPower Cares launched a pilot program to gift SkyPower Home solar systems to Kenyan families in rural households who have little opportunity to access electricity.
This is SkyPower’s way of helping to:
- Improve the quality of life for Kenyan families who need it most.
- Reduce or eliminate the need for dangerous, polluting and expensive kerosene lamps.
- Increase the number of hours available for students to do homework, teachers to prepare for class,
entrepreneurs to develop their businesses and families to spend time together.
- Improve safety for children and women by providing light at night.
- Contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly
Goal 7: Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
“Over 1 billion people around the world live without access to basic electricity, meaning twilight marks the end of their day and their time in darkness begins. Today we’re taking a step forward to change that. By bringing high-quality, clean solar energy to people in Kenya who need it the most, we’re proving that we can do well and do good.” – Kerry Adler, President and Chief Executive Officer of SkyPower
“Being a leader in clean energy is a fundamental part of SkyPower’s DNA. With the inaugural lighting of manyattas in rural Kenya today, we’re proud to extend home solar energy systems to the people in Kenya who have a very remote opportunity to be able to access any form of electricity in the near future.” – Charles Cohen, Chief Commercial Officer, Commercial Strategy & Development at SkyPower
The first SkyPower Home solar systems were gifted to Maasai families who live in Manyattas (a term used to describe Maasai homesteads) in a rural area south of Nairobi.
Each SkyPower Home solar system is made from the highest-quality materials, is backed by a comprehensive warranty, and contains:
- one solar panel
- two LED bulbs
- a torch
- USB charging capabilities for cell phones and other devices
- a solar-powered radio
- an operations manual
This pilot program is part of our larger initiative to gift 2 million home solar systems as part of the landmark agreement between the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and SkyPower to develop, build, own and operate 2 GW of world-class, utility-scale solar projects across Kenya, which will be built over the next five years.