Why we have made a $5 million multi-year commitment with Solar Sister

Palmetto believes that clean energy should be accessible to everyone. We work under a mission focused on mitigating climate change; a global initiative requiring international partnerships.
Our full support is for clean energy for everyone, as our CEO and Founder Chris Kemper says so well. To ensure that everyone has access to clean energy, we work locally to make an impact globally. With our Palmetto’s Get Solar, Give Solar Program, we have helped provide underserved communities with access to solar energy products. That’s why we’re so proud to have been working with Solar Sister and their mission to invest in women entrepreneurs that spread clean energy across their local and rural communities in Africa.
Solar Sister women entrepreneurs in Iringa, Tanzania. Source: Solar Sister
Solar Sister women entrepreneurs in Iringa, Tanzania. Source: Solar Sister

When we kicked off the Get Solar, Give Solar program during Climate Week NYC 2021, we knew working with Solar Sisters would be a rewarding partnership. Solar Sister takes a focused approach to ensuring that women are the key part of the clean energy solution – and we love this. The $5 million we committed to Solar Sister was an easy decision since we view clean energy as the vessel to bring the world closer together while saving people money and the environment along the way.
On this $5 million commitment, Chris says, ”Solar Sister’s focus on bringing clean energy to last-mile communities in Africa is deeply aligned with our values - it is a true personification of what we at Palmetto are ultimately here to contribute. Together, we can bridge a growing clean energy resource gap by harnessing global technology to deliver locally-led solutions in the most overlooked and underserved communities.”
About Solar Sister
Solar Sister envisions a brighter world powered by women entrepreneurs. With more than 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa lacking access to electricity and over 700 million people relying on harmful fossil fuels, women are disproportionately sustaining the effects of energy poverty and climate change.
Independent research from the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University has shown that Solar Sister’s approach to centering clean energy solutions through women not only improves a woman’s household income, but also strengthens their health, education, status, and control over resources.
When the clean energy revolution is women-focused and women-led, it has led to some fantastic results. From 2015 to 2022, with 87% of women entrepreneurs leading the way, Solar Sister has been able to:
  • Make 8,047 people entrepreneurs
  • Reach 3,400,000 people with clean energy
  • Sell 718,669 products

Interested in learning more about Solar Sister? Check out their website. You can send Solar Sister a Climate Love by clicking here.
  • Annett Michuki..

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    Clean energy is the new norm!

    • Patrick Kiash

      72 w

      Well Done for a great result and empowering our African sisters. Keep it up!

      • Elizabeth Gathigia

        72 w

        This is great, clean energy is our future

        • Kevin Waweru

          72 w

          Accessibility of clean energy to the masses is very doable..Kudos Palmetto!

          • Simon Bergbom

            72 w

            This is awesome!

            • Sarah Chabane

              72 w

              A fantastic partnership for clean energy accessibility!

              • Ford Brodeur

                72 w

                Great partnership! We need to spread the word about the excellent work that Solar Sister is doing!

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