Harness the power of renewable energy, reduce the impact of climate change and bring light and hope to children living in remote communities in Papua New Guinea.

WWF-Australia’s Earth Hour is working in partnership with an innovative Australian charity called SolarBuddy to provide solar lights to children living in remote communities in Papua New Guinea. Children in these communities often don’t have access to electricity in their homes and schools, severely limiting their opportunity to learn and thrive. But, with a handy solar-powered light they’ll be able to continue studying long after the sun goes down.

Providing access to renewable energy solutions can change the lives of children living without access to modern electricity - transforming their future by improving education, health, economic and environmental outcomes. The gift of a solar light can bring hope and opportunity to the life of a child living in energy poverty and help them to reach their full potential.

Our Earth Hour Solar Light Challenge teaches Aussie students about energy poverty and its limitations, the science of renewable energy, and how a simple solution - like a solar light - can make a positive difference. The challenge empowers participants to embrace sustainable solar energy solutions to help transform lives, economies and the planet in a fun hands on and engaging format.


Take the Solar Light Challenge




PARTNER: Join the Earth Hour Solar Light Challenge and receive the free educational pack.

Note: While lesson plans are free we have a limited number of Earth Hour solar lights available, so please contact us today.

LEARN: Aussie students learn about energy poverty and how a solar light can save lives. They write a personal letter to their ‘buddy’, which is sent together with the light.

MAKE: Participants learn about solar technology, how energy can be created from the sun, and how to assemble the solar light as part of a fun hands-on engaging activity.

DONATE: Our partner SolarBuddy collects the solar lights and distributes them to children living in energy poverty in Papua New Guinea.



Solar Buddy lights after being assembled by school kids in Brisbane. Courtesy of MacGregor State High School.


Businesses and Communities

Engage your staff and customers in this fun challenge and help transform the lives of children in need. 

How many lights can you assemble?
Simply download and fill in the registration and order forms below and get started today.

We will provide a workplace learning plan with educational videos and unassembled solar lights - delivered to and picked up from your office.

The gift of your solar light purchase will also subsidise the cost of the program for Australian students.

Get in touch with our Workplace Giving Program to find out more.




School kids from Uganda with their Solar Buddy lights © SolarBuddy.org / WWF-Aus



About our Partner

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SolarBuddy is an Australian based charity dedicated to educating and empowering the next generation to change the lives of children living in energy poverty via its innovative education programs.

Providing hope one light, one child, one community at a time!