The Little Sun Foundation – delivering solar energy to vulnerable communities worldwide

The Little Sun Foundation is a Berlin-based charitable organization with a mission to deliver solar energy to vulnerable people without access to electricity, such as children, refugees and internally displaced persons. This December, unu and The Little Sun Foundation are collaborating to help spread the message about the importance of energy access, solar energy, and global togetherness.


1.1 billion people throughout the world don’t have access to clean and sustainable energy. Clean and affordable solar light can have a huge and lasting impact – women in refugee camps can walk safely after dark, children gain extra study hours in the evening and doctors can help people in need at all hours without having to rely on dirty kerosene lamps or expensive battery flashlights.

That’s exactly why in 2012, the internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson founded The Little Sun Foundation as part of the Little Sun project to deliver solar energy to the most vulnerable communities worldwide. The foundation works with qualified partners such as Oxfam, Save the Children, UNHCR and IOM to bring high-quality, durable, long-lasting solar products to displaced persons and school children who would otherwise not have access to clean energy at all.


Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist who is driven by his interests in perception,  movement, embodied experience and feelings of self. Always striving to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large, his works span sculpture, painting, photography, film and installation. Not limiting himself to the confines of the museum or gallery, he engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects, interventions in civic space, arts education, policy-making, and issues of sustainability and climate change.

In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson, which today comprises more than one hundred team members, including craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, programmers, art historians, and specialised technicians.

In 2012, Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen founded the social business Little Sun.

Light is for everyone – it determines what we do and how we do it. This is why we have developed the solar-powered lamp Little Sun. One part of the artwork is the lamp and the activities it enables. The other is the successful distribution of Little Sun in off-grid communities, its journey from production to usage.
— Olafur Eliasson

unu x Little Sun

Looking after the environment is at the center of what we do at unu. We’ve been big fans of the work Little Sun has been doing over the years and, this festive season, wanted to give back and help them spread the message about sustainable energy. For our collaboration, which runs until December 31st, customers of the Standard and Premium unu Scooter will receive a Little Sun solar lamp, while unu also donates 30€-60€ per sale to the Little Sun foundation.

With every Standard (2000 W) unu Scooter sold with the code *XLITTLESUN*, we will send the customer a Little Sun solar lamp and donate 30€ to The Little Sun Foundation. With every Premium (3000 W) unu Scooter sold with the code *XLITTLESUN*, we will send the customer a Little Sun solar lamp and donate 60€ to The Little Sun Foundation.

Please note: unu will make the donation to the Little Sun foundation and send the Little Sun solar lamp to you in January.