Carbon projects

Unlocking the power of solar lights

We empower communities through our climate projects with the power of clean technology.

Under our inaugural 2 Million Lights programme we have deployed over one million solar lights in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia since November 2021. This has saved more than 650,000 families over $6 a monthNamene’s 2 Million Lights programme is on track to be completed by mid 2024, reaching many more families and communities in other low-income Sub-Saharan countries.


We distribute our lights in countries that have low electrification rates to ensure that beneficiaries of our 2 Million Lights programme receive the dual benefits of first-time access to solar energy and financial savings, while reducing or ending their reliance on fossil fuels.

Our lights have gained a 90% market share in the pico lights market in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where our first carbon projects have been rolled out – showing that trust in the durability of the product, as well as affordability made possible through our carbon subsidy model, are key to unlocking clean technology for those who need it the most. (Source: GOGLA)


Discover our project in Zambia

Our lights are distributed to rural households across four provinces in Zambia, where 90% of the rural population live below the international extreme poverty line, with no access to electricity. Since 2021, we have distributed over 600,000 lights in Zambia.


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Discover our project in Namibia

Our project in Namibia gives modern energy access to people living in informal settlements in peri-urban areas and in rural households.

Currently these families rely on kerosene and other fossil fuels for lighting. Our project replaces these polluting lamps with ultra-affordable solar lights.

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Discover our project in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, there are 8.5 million people without access to electricity, representing 59% of the country’s population. Our project delivers solar lights to these families to give them truly affordable, clean light for the first time, with life-changing impacts.

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Sep 29, 2023

One million solar lights: How clean technology and carbon finance can help end energy poverty

How Namene is harnessing clean technology and carbon finance to help end energy poverty, with over one million solar lights deployed in southern Africa.

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Sep 29, 2023

PRESS RELEASE: Namene deploys over 1 million solar lights in southern Africa

Namene has delivered its millionth discounted solar light under its carbon projects, two years after the projects’ inception.

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Oct 5, 2023

Namene déploie plus d’un million de lampes solaires en Afrique australe

L’entreprise de technologies propres Namene franchit une étape cruciale en distribuant plus d’un million de lampes solaires à des familles vivant hors réseau électrique, grâce à ses projets carbone la

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“When the solar lights are on at night, it feels like a town, not a village. Now we use the power of the sun for lighting and we no longer need to spend on expensive candles and kerosene.”  

– Bernard Namasumo, Head Teacher at a rural school in Zinazongwe, Zambia

namene solar solar light carbon offsets carbon credits in Zambia
Nov 22, 2022

Over 700,000 solar lights distributed through Namene climate projects

Namene's Gold Standard-certified climate projects have distributed over 700,000 solar lights across Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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Jun 26, 2023

Changing lives one solar light at a time: Pride’s story

At Namene, we see firsthand the power of clean technology in transforming the lives and livelihoods of people living in off-grid communities. Among them is 24-year-old Pride Siamenenga, from Zambia. 

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May 25, 2022

First 150,000 solar lights distributed in Zambia climate project

Namene Solar celebrates a new milestone in our Zambia climate project, reaching 150,000 lights distributed across rural areas of the country, where there is little or no access to electricity.

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