Firefly Solar is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) offering a cutting-edge renewable energy solution for fossil-fuel dependent technology in the events industry. The small team designs and builds mobile solar generators supplying clean, green energy to events in the local area and beyond, offering the UK’s first fully mobile, silent-running and carbon-cutting examples of sustainable energy on the move.
Firefly Solar powers many charitable, eco-friendly and free community-based events, demonstrating the benefits and versatility of solar power. They have worked with many organizations and events such as Brighton & Hove City Council, Gay Pride, Brighton Carnival and the Fringe Festival.
Firefly has proven that renewable power sources are a viable alternative to diesel, helping to change people’s behaviour and energy usage. Every new project presents a different set of challenges which are resolved in-house. The company has developed a series of new generators and is constantly expanding and developing new products. Recently they have begun to offer a bespoke off-grid solar design division.
They have worked with NGO Computer Aid International to create a series of Solar Powered Cyber Cafes which are being distributed in Africa. These are fitted out within converted shipping containers and are fully insulated and furnished with electric lighting, desks, chairs and PCs, offering people in Africa who live without mains power or internet connectivity the chance to use the internet for the first time. The first of these Solar Cyber Cafes has recently been shipped to Zambia.
Other build projects include the conversion of East Sussex County Council’s Rethink Rubbish bus’ electrics to run on solar and the design and build of a mobile solar phone charging unit that provides a phone charging service for festivals with the profits going to charity partner Solar Aid.