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Solar for Timor-Leste

Helping communities build a sustainable future in Timor-Leste

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.

From 2017 to 2019 Renew and its partners provided solar energy to a further 265 rural homes and trained 15 new local solar technicians.

To date, we estimate that our work installing household solar PV systems has provided modern energy services to over 10,700 people, enabled 550 people to undertake additional economic activity resulting in over $1.1 million of income, saved each household over $900 on kerosene expenditure, and displaced 4,250 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2020, 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.

For gift-giving opportunities, please see our Gift of Light campaign, or click here to learn more about our work in Timor Leste.

Give today to support our neighbours with renewable energy

One-off donation for Timor-Leste

A one-off tax deductible donation will help us to install and maintain solar lighting systems in rural Timor-Leste.

Regular donations for Timor-Leste

Regular giving helps us to plan and create impact on the ground with improved monitoring, reporting and training.

What does your donation provide?

  • A solar light and power system to help people leap over energy poverty – especially for villages that have no plans for mains electricity
  • Solar systems help eliminate the use of kerosene, diesel and candles, reducing their associated health and safety risks
  • Lighting that enables children to study and improve family literacy; also enabling adults to cook, do household chores and pursue income-producing activities into the evenings
  • Local training to improve the life of the systems and create greater capacity for maintenance and installation of renewable energy