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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.

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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. In an Impact Assessment commissioned by SolarBuddy and KTF, we found that there was a massive 78% increase in time spent on homework and an 80% reduction in average weekly expenditure on Kerosene.. Now isn't that great!

 
 

Instant Impact

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EDUCATION

An Impact Assessment report indicates students study 78% longer with a solar light

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HEALTH

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

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ECONOMIC

Families spend less on expensive lighting like candles and batteries

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ENVIRONMENT

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.

 
 
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School Program

  • 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



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Corporate Program

  • 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


 
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Conference/Event Program

  • Personalised presentation by a SolarBuddy representative

  • Program participants receive videos and testimonials from the field

  • Huge marketing possibilities with branded lights an option

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

  • Connect with a child in need via our letter writing activity

  • Promote the development and adoption of renewable energy solutions

  • Aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

  • Delivers improved outcomes for children living in energy poverty

  • Cost effective, topical and very marketable

 
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
 
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Educating locally, impacting globally

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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.

 
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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

Features

 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. 


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


 

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