June 7, 2017 blog

Jaguar Land Rover lights up one million lives in Kenya

Jaguar Land Rover and ClimateCare launch 'Lighting up Lives', an initiative to bring clean solar technology to people living in off-grid communities in Kenya

Jaguar Land Rover has formed an exciting new partnership with ClimateCare to launch 'Lighting up Lives' an innovative social impact programme. Lighting up Lives will bring clean solar technology to 1.2 million people living in off-grid communities in Kenya

The collaboration will empower communities with affordable technology that changes lives. The benefits of the programme are vast:

  • Kerosene lamps will be replaced with renewable solar technology, a more affordable alternative. Kerosene lamps create hazardous indoor pollutants and are one of the biggest causes of death in Africa.
  • As the programme will provide families with up to four hours more light each evening, education will also improve as children are able to stay up to play and read after dark.
  • Women will enjoy greater opportunities to work and learn.
  • Living conditions in homes will be healthier and safer, and incomes will improve.

The night time sun

A time-lapse of the Night Time Sun solar light installation, created for Hay Festival

Lighting up Lives is particularly relevant to Jaguar Land Rover's own operations and commitment to a zero emissions future. It recently announced a move to 100% renewable electricity for its UK facilities and has installed the UK's largest rooftop solar array at its Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands. The project fits with an ambition to drive sustainable, innovative growth not just for the business but for communities around the world including Kalawa, Kenya. By sharing skills, technology, people and passions, Jaguar Land Rover can make a real difference to people's lives and prosperity.

An interview with Ben Saunders

Solar explorer, author and Land Rover ambassador Ben Saunders explains why solar power is important to him as a modern day explorer

The Storytelling Nook
At this year’s Hay Festival, Jaguar Land Rover created the Storytelling Nook – a unique storytelling venue where the company and ClimateCare are running daily immersive sessions for children to learn about Lighting up Lives, including videos, sounds and storytelling from Kenya to show the transformative impact of solar power in rural communities.
Guest storytellers included:

  • Veronica Lamond, author of illustrated children’s stories about Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers
  • Aunty Kiko, award-winning playwright and Kenyan children’s author
  • Celebrated British polar explorer Ben Saunders who talked about the use of solar technology in his last expedition and read an extract of his upcoming Ladybird book, Shackleton

Solar expert Dr Chris Jardine from Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute ran ‘Science of Solar’ sessions to teach children how solar panels work and the huge impact the power source can make in the future of developing countries.

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