UK-based solar energy company Solarcentury has donated a total of £130,000 worth of solar panels and money to SolarAid – the charity founded by Solarcentury to tackle fuel poverty and climate change with solar power.

Fifty schools in Zambia will benefit from the £95,000 worth of solar panels donated by SolarAid as part of its schools programme. To date, more than 170 East African schools have benefitted from the scheme.

Steve Andrews, CEO of SolarAid said, “When SolarAid puts solar panels on a school in Africa, something magic happens: exam results start to improve quickly. Solarcentury's gift of solar panels is enabling our team to bring electricity to 50 schools in Zambia; improving the prospects and hopes of thousands of children. We are incredibly grateful for their vision and generosity.”

A further £35,000 has been donated by Solarcentury to Sunny Schools, SolarAid’s UK education programme,which works with UK primary schools to help educate children about renewable energy and climate change. This is part of Solarcentury’s Solar4Schools scheme, which has worked with over 250 schools to reduce their carbon footprint and electricity bills with the installation of solar panels in the Italy and the UK.

Derry Newman, CEO, Solarcentury said, “SolarAid has gone from strength to strength, their work proving that solar power really can empower society.  Here at Solarcentury we’re working to ensure solar power becomes a key part of our energy mix, and it is clearly making a real difference to lives is in the developing world. We support the work ofSolarAid wherever we can, whether it be fundraising, with staff time or management support.”

Solarcentury established SolarAid in 2006 to bring solar power to the developing world. The charity has now raised over £10 million for its work in Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi.