In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the objective of achieving them by 2030. The SDGs are broad based and interdependent, and each has a list of targets which are measured by indicators.
SELF works directly to tackle SDG #7—Affordable and Clean Energy—and advances each of the others as well.
Solar energy powers small businesses and helps generate income.
Solar reduces hunger by making tools like drip irrigation and food storage accessible.
Electrifying clinics is essential for the provision of healthcare services.
Powering homes and schools enhances educational tools and outcomes.
Women bear the greatest burden of energy poverty and benefit the most from expanded access.
Using the sun to pump and distribute clean drinking water helps eliminate waterborne diseases.
SELF’s primary mission—everyone deserves access to reliable, clean energy.
Solar can power small businesses. New high-demand 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, with impacts to education, income, gender, and more.
Energy is the backbone of sustainability. Tapping into the sun is foundational to building greener communities.
Solar promotes a low-carbon economy, reducing the costs of producing and consuming.
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 is deeply intertwined with social justice and allows rural and Indigenous communities to be heard.
SELF is working with local communities to affect change at the micro level, while creating models that can be implemented at the macro level.
ENERGY IS A HUMAN RIGHT