Why Solar Cooking

3 in 7 people lack sustainable fuel to cook meals and make water safe to drink.

This is a cooking crisis, especially when people are vulnerable.

People who harness free solar energy for cooking breathe cleaner air, drink safe water, and preserve the environment.

Nearly 3 billion people cook over wood, animal waste, or charcoal fires. They breathe in smoke and soot for hours every day. And more rely on expensive, unsustainable fossil fuels. 

Over 7.7 billion solar-cooked meals...and counting

Using no-emission solar energy to cook and make drinking water safe improves health, builds resilient families, breaks the cycle of poverty, boosts local economies, empowers women and children, and helps achieve all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Why Solar Cooking is Important

Solar cooking helps reduce the high social, economic, and environmental costs of black soot and fossil fuel emissions that impact all humans and environments today.

Why SCI is Important

SCI influences changes in policy, practice, and research that result in an increased adoption of solar cooking worldwide.

Why You are Important

Your support helps make solar cooking possible.

Solar Cooking Basics

Cooking food with no-emission, decentralized, free solar energy helps break the cycle of energy poverty.  

Women, children, and community members breathe cleaner air, save trees and soil, save money for food and education, and stay safe from violence. Solar cooking improves the quality of life and provides a way to adapt to a changing world.

Up to 1.3 billion USD = potential global cash saved by reducing household air pollution with solar cookers.


The SCI Solar Cooking Wiki

Visit the world’s largest, most complete online resource on all aspects of solar cooking technologies, education resources, designs, plans, collaborators, photos, videos, and more. Sponsored by supporters like you and maintained by SCI donors, staff, volunteers, collaborators, and people like you. Add your information to the Solar Cooking Wiki now. Take advantage of automatic translation into 40+ languages.

Solar Cookers: How to Make, Use, and Enjoy

Download SCI's free, classic guide of solar cooking basics 

This 50-page guide will give you what you need to begin solar cooking, wherever you live in our world.