Lighting up Timor-Leste

Since 2003, Renew has been working with communities in Timor-Leste to provide clean, renewable lighting and electricity. We have helped install solar lighting and power to more than 2,000 homes and over 100 community centres, orphanages, schools and hospitals in remote rural villages. We have also helped train 180 village-based solar technicians.

In 2018-19 we will continue to install solar systems while also focusing on how to scale up the impact of our experience, knowledge and relationships to deliver solar lighting and energy to more people than ever and ensure that the lights stay on.

What does your donation provide?


  • A solar light and power system to help people leap over energy poverty – especially for villages that have no plans for mains electricity
  • Solar systems help eliminate the use of kerosene, diesel and candles, reducing their associated health and safety risks
  • Lighting that enables children to study and improve family literacy; also enabling adults to cook, do household chores and pursue income-producing activities into the evenings
  • Local training to improve the life of the systems and create greater capacity for maintenance and installation of renewable energy