Lighting up Timor-Leste
Since 2003, Renew has been working with communities in Timor-Leste to provide clean, renewable lighting and electricity. We have helped install solar lighting and power to more than 2,000 homes and over 100 community centres, orphanages, schools and hospitals in remote rural villages. We have also helped train 180 village-based solar technicians.
Funding through the Google Impact Challenge in 2014 enabled us to develop a solar lighting prototype for households with enhanced functionality and performance monitoring features. In 2015-16 we rolled out the improved system to 600 homes in three districts and trained an additional 30 technicians.
In 2017 Renew and its partners lit up a further 185 rural homes and trained eight new local solar technicians, directly benefiting about 1,300 people. A grant from the Andrew McNaughtan Foundation enabled us to work on a new ‘Guiding Lights’ project – developing picture-based guides for accessible community education on solar energy.
In 2018 we will continue to install solar systems while also focusing on how to scale up the impact of our experience, knowledge and relationships to deliver solar lighting and energy to more people than ever and ensure that the lights stay on.