Research shows more Britons are turning to solar power


New research by UK-based international charity SolarAid has found that more Britons are turning to solar power for affordable and sustainable energy, with nearly a third (32% ) using more renewable energy sources in their home than 12 months ago.

More than a third (37%), meanwhile, said they were preparing to buy more solar energy products.

The results also showed that more than half (55%) of the 2,021 respondents had some form of solar technology, with almost a quarter (22%) planning to install solar panels in their homes.

Although households take sustainable measures for their energy supply, the majority remain unaware of the global electricity crisis, as two in five (42%) mistakenly believe that everyone has access to safe electricity and affordable and more than four in five (82%) are unaware that some 771 million people worldwide have no access to electricity.

Research has found, however, that just under two-thirds (63%) of them agree that solar power is the solution to providing everyone in the world with safe and affordable electricity.

John Keane, CEO of SolarAid, said: “Our research shows that the demand for sustainable lighting in the UK is increasing as people seek affordable electricity they can rely on. Almost a third of people are using more renewable energy sources than before. last year, but action must be taken now to ensure that everyone in the world has access to the benefits of solar energy.

“It is alarming that very few people know that for millions of families around the world, safe and affordable electricity is inaccessible. For the first time in eight years, the number of people living without access to electricity has increased, causing countless accidents across Africa. We urge the public to think about how the problem is affecting people abroad and help us raise awareness of the dire consequences of energy poverty and the simple solution that is solar power.

“A single solar lamp has enough energy to power a family of five. Together, we can provide a safe solution for millions of homes, which would otherwise remain in the dark. “

SolarAid works with entrepreneurs, schools and clinics to distribute solar lights to families living without electricity in Zambia, Malawi.

A single solar light will be –

  1. Give light to five people
  2. Saves families £ 159 that they would otherwise have spent on dangerous and toxic light sources
  3. Give a child 1,006 hours of additional study time
  4. Reduce CO2 emissions by 1.1 tonnes

SolarAid has launched a new campaign called Darkness is Deadly , with a film to show the dire consequences of living in the dark.

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