Since 2003, the ATA has been working with East Timorese communities to provide clean, renewable lighting and electricity. We have helped install solar lighting and power to more than 1775 homes and 105 community centres, orphanages, schools and hospitals in remote rural villages and have trained 180 village-based solar technicians.
Funding through the Google Impact Challenge 2014
enabled us to develop a solar lighting prototype for households with enhanced functionality and performance monitoring features. In 2015-16 we rolled out the system to a further 600 homes in three districts of East Timor and trained 30 village-based solar technicians.
In 2017 the ATA and partners will light up a further 185 rural homes and train eight new village-based solar technicians, directly benefiting about 1300 people. A grant from the Andrew McNaughtan Foundation will enable us to begin work on a new ‘Guiding Lights’ project - developing picture-based guides for accessible community education on solar energy.
Watch our short video
to see what we do in East Timor.