“As part of this program, we redistribute working solar panels from Australia to communities in need in Nigeria. They use the panels to power basic lighting and to charge devices such as phones, computers and tablets - ultimately anything that can be charged from the sun.”
“Helping to supply solar power to charge these devices allows communities in Nigeria to stay connected and provides the tools to foster work and education,” says Tina Ali.
Tina formed the Alight Project as she has family in Nigeria and through frequent visits, realised that many communities were impacted by unreliable or limited access to electricity. In some instances, villages have no power at all.
“I witnessed first-hand how unreliable the electricity in many of the villages was and solar power in Nigeria is far too expensive for most. I knew that here in Australia many of the solar panels that get replaced could still be used, so I reached out to my local Solahart dealer to see what we could do,” says Tina.
The process involves Solahart Hervey Bay employees collecting used yet working solar panels from the area and collating them for Tina, who then organises the panels to be shipped to Nigeria.
In Australia, whilst the lifespan of solar panels is upwards of 10 years, it is common that within the process of system upgrades, many panels that are being replaced are still in excellent working condition.