Universal access to clean energy
To design and deliver affordable clean energy and inspire people to take climate action
Little Sun started as a humble idea to create a small, portable solar lamp for people living without electricity and has grown into a global project that has changed millions of lives through the power of the sun.
What we do
The contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson, together with solar engineer Frederik Ottesen, founded Little Sun in 2012. One in ten people still live without electricity worldwide. We are tackling that, and have distributed over 1.2 million personal solar devices to students, refugees, teachers and community health workers living without power. We deliver solar lamps to students in Sub-Saharan Africa, so they can study where there is no electricity at night. We distribute solar phone chargers to frontline health workers so they can treat patients in remote communities. We also bring solar energy to farmers and small businesses across the continent to create jobs, boost livelihoods and generate new opportunities.
Our work shifting lives from kerosene to clean energy has enabled 58 million additional study hours for children, reduced 800,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions and saved households a whopping $150 million.
We work with artists and cultural leaders to fuse sun and heart, crafting new narratives that guide humanity to a better future, partnering with artists, companies, governments, communities, non-profits, and people around the world to bring the power of the sun to everyone.
Where we work
Little Sun distributes energy tools, designs and implements renewable energy programs, and leads citizen engagement campaigns globally. We work primarily in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Senegal, Rwanda and Zambia, drawing on the expertise of in-country staff. Through close partnerships with local organizations, we also work in Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. We have offices in New York, Berlin, Addis Ababa and Lusaka. Little Sun is registered as a non-profit in the United States as well as in Germany.