SolarBuddy is a registered Australian charity dedicated to educating and empowering the next generation to change the lives of children living in energy poverty through its innovative education and engagement programs.


1.4 billion people don’t have access to modern electricity severely limiting their potential. This is simply not acceptable when we have the technology and means to alleviate the energy burden of the world’s poorest people. No person should be reliant on dangerous and unhealthy energy like kerosene, diesel, wood, candles or battery powered torches for their energy source.

At SolarBuddy we are serious about achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We are particularly focused on GLOBAL GOAL #4: Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and life long learning opportunities for all, GLOBAL GOAL #7: Ensuring access to sustainable, affordable, and modern energy for all and GLOBAL GOAL #17: Partnerships for the goals.


The gift of a SolarBuddy solar light helps children living in energy poverty to continue studying long after the sun goes down improving their education outcomes and overall health and wellbeing.

Children also spend less time collecting firewood for cooking and heating and instead spend more time attending class, preparing for exams and completing homework assignments. Early stage evaluations indicate that with a solar light children are studying up to 38% longer. Now isn't that great!


Instant Impact



Early stage evaluations indicate students study 38% longer with a solar light



A solar light reduces reliance on toxic energy like diesel and kerosene



Families spend less on expensive lighting like candles and batteries



Reduces reliance on burning wood and kerosene for lighting decreasing CO2 emissions

What I love most about SolarBuddy is that you get to do something that makes a real difference. Person to person; you are not only helping by creating awareness. You are physically giving someone something that can change their life forever. I love how SolarBuddy allows everyone to get involved.
— Skye Butcher, SolarBuddy’s Junior Ambassador

SolarBuddy school education and corporate engagement programs help foster a global perspective and delivers improved outcomes for children living in energy poverty.


School Education

  • Grade specific lesson plans

  • Access to innovative online resources

  • Aligned to national curriculum

  • Cross curriculum priority of sustainability and digital technologies

  • Aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

  • Developed in line with ACARA

  • Assemble a solar-light as part of a fun hands-on activity


Corporate & Conference

  • Workplace learning plan

  • Access to innovative online resources

  • Building partnerships for a more sustainable future

  • Promote the development and adoption of renewable energy solutions

  • Aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

  • Assemble a solar-light as part of a fun hands-on activity

I would encourage everyone to include this in their CSR program, it is short, cost effective and highly engaging activity that has immediate impact in creating a solution to so many issues including health, literacy & basic needs. Thank you again Simon & the Solarbuddy team.
— Natalie Simmons, Global General Manager, cievents

Educating locally, impacting globally


About the SolarBuddy light

SolarBuddy provides safe, reliable, effective and innovative solar lights to children who don't have access to electricity, helping them to reach their full potential.
The SolarBuddy light has been specifically designed for children to use.  We have made the light easy to operate, carry and charge, all with understanding the operating style of a child.



Features and Functions


Technical Specifications

  • 0.6W Solar Panel
  • 60 Lumen Light Output
  • 2 Brightness Settings 50% & 100%
  • Waterproof - IP65 rated
  • 8 Hours of Light on Full
  • 16 Hours of Light on Half
  • 750mAh 3.6V Ni-Mh Battery
  • 8 Hours Solar Charge Time
  • LED Charging Indicator
  • Overcharge Protection
  • Over-Discharge Protection
  • Simple battery replacement
 SolarBuddy is part of the UNHCR core relief item kit

SolarBuddy is part of the UNHCR core relief item kit


 SolarBuddy lights are used by Non Government Organisations around the world including Australian Aid, Red Cross and the UN.

SolarBuddy lights are used by Non Government Organisations around the world including Australian Aid and the UN.

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They are constructed from high UV resistant plastic and are encased in a tough rubber bumper to protect against accidental damage.

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Assembling the product only requires a basic screwdriver and there is no risk to injury or shock to the person assembling the product. 


There is no risk of damaging the product during the assembly process, so long as the instructions are followed. 


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