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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Malawi 2018

Submitted by: SolarAid
Lighting up the last inch of the last mile

As SolarAid is a charity which owns a social enterprise, their focus is social impact and not profit – this is reflected in the evolution of their model over the last year in Malawi to reach even more of the country’s poor. SolarAid is the only major distributor of solar lights in Malawi with the goal is to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa through the distribution of affordable solar lights in rural areas. SolarAid’s unique ‘trade-not-aid’ model creates awareness to empower people to choose solar and builds initial demand in poor and rural communities

Initial situation
Six hundred million people are still living without electricity in Africa and most families have to resort to using kerosene lamps to light their homes at night. These filthy devices imperil health, impair education, waste household income and emit astonishingly high amounts of carbon - as much as a tonne over the lifetime of a lamp - so fueling climate change. The kerosene lamp contributes significantly to the indoor air pollution which kills over four million people each year globally.

In 2015, SolarAid reached 10 million people with solar light. This milestone was achieved due to our innovative distribution model: combining business and charity to most effectively reach rural areas with maximum impact. To ensure great success, the organization raises awareness and encourage trust in solar products and this builds initial demand. In addition, once demand takes off, we build an ecosystem of sales agents ensuring anyone who wants a light can get one.

SolarAid offers Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) schemes to their customes. Most PAYG solar schemes are for expensive solar home systems, SolarAid were the first to offer schemes for affordable phone-charging solar lights – enabling people to access the next rung of the energy ladder. With their strong partnership with the Ministry of Education and extensive links to schools they are reengaging with head teachers to run our ‘Schools Reloaded’ programme.

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.

Capital: Lilongwe
Official language: English, Chichewa
Total area: 118.484 km²
Population: 14.901.000
GDP/Capita/Year: $322
Source: Wikipedia 2012