Mission Statement

SolarBuddy is a global community of people united by a commitment to create a sustainable future for our beautiful life-sustaining planet and all who live in it.
Our goal is to gift six million solar lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030 (which coincides with the United Nations deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals).


SolarBuddy was founded by Simon Doble, an inventor and social impact entrepreneur, who specialises in creating innovative solar energy solutions for the humanitarian, off-grid sector. In 2011, Simon came across a disturbing article in Time magazine about energy poverty being the worst kind of poverty. This article resonated deeply with Simon and he felt compelled to do something about it. This led to the creation of SolarBuddy, which has been designed to engage and inspire people to have a positive impact on the lives of children and families living in energy poverty.

Program Details

Through our engagement and education program participants learn about the 1.4 billion people living in energy poverty and make a practical contribution by building a solar powered light to help improve the health, wellbeing, connectivity and education outcomes with the gift of light.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
1/36 Wyandra Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4006
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