In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly launched 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) with the objective of achieving all of them by 2030. The SDGs are broad based and interdependent, and each has a list of targets which are measured by indicators.

As illustrated in the list below, not only does SELF’s mission contribute directly to SDG #7—Affordable and Clean Energy—it helps advance all the other SDGs as well.

Solar energy can be used to power small businesses and generate income.

Solar Energy can be used to power small businesses and generate income.

Electrifying clinics is essential for the provision of modern healthcare.

Solar provides light to read at night, and it can be used to power schools and computers.

Women bear the greatest burden of energy poverty and benefit the most when sustainable energy services are available.

Using the sun to pump and distribute clean drinking water helps eliminate waterborne diseases.

In this case, SELF’s primary mission is self-evident.

Solar can be used to power small businesses. New jobs are created through technical training programs.

Solar creates new rural infrastructure and facilitates connectivity with the rest of the world.

Energy access narrows the gap between rural communities and urban centers, also between men and women.

Tapping into the power of the sun can help sustainable communities around the world thrive.   Energy is the backbone of sustainability.

Solar by its very natures promotes a low-carbon economy.

The use of solar energy represents both a mitigation and adaptation response to climate change.

Bringing clean energy to island communities protects marine ecosystems.

Solar promotes conservation of natural resources and habitats.

Solar helps promotes peace, equity, and social justice. It makes it more possible for rural communities to have a voice.

SELF is working with local communities to affect change at the micro-level while creating models that can be implemented at the macro level.


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Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 25 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rain forest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

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