Solar energy

In December 2016, Open Earth Foundation organized a fundraising event in favour of a solar energy project.

The solar LED lamp project Little Sun is a work of art that works in life. With Little Sun, light becomes a vehicle to affect change in the everyday lives of people across the globe, providing a way to live independently outside the electrical grid system.

In off-grid areas the portable solar lamps supply a clean alternative to toxic and unsafe fuel-based lighting like kerosene lanterns, the smoky emissions of which cause users significant health problems. Switching from kerosene to Little Sun light at night means children can study, families can cook together, businesses can remain open, and people can socialise – safely. While promoting health, access to clean light increases productivity and enhances quality of life.

Designed in close dialogue with users in Ethiopia, Little Sun is the first solar lamp to incorporate aesthetic and practical feedback from off-grid African regions. The Ethiopian meskel flower, a national symbol of positivity and beauty, inspired the lamp’s unique design.

Little Sun is sold not only in off-grid areas, but around the world. The distribution system establishes an important connection between disparate regions: in countries with electricity, every Little Sun sold delivers one Little Sun to an off-grid African community at a locally affordable price.