Solar Cooking
Last edited: 31 October 2017      

Workshop participants observing solar ovens in action. Trincomalee, November 2009.

Being a national NGO, the EMACE Foundation has acquired substantial local knowledge and sensitivity to ensure that our activities benefit those intended, as we are in constant interaction with the government of Sri Lanka, the private sector, and other NGOs and community-based organizations. We have built a significant network, with local as well as international support.


  • October 2016: So far in 2016 EMACE and WADI has distributed over 140 solar water testing units to needy communities in six rural villages. Over 2500 units are to be distributed by 2017.
  • September 2016: Twelve solar box cookers have been supplied to Madawachiya and Kantale at the request of rural societies of CBO networks.
  • February 8, 2014: A solar box cooker demonstration was held in Awkane NWP in Sri Lanka for rural women. Eleven box cookers were sold. Mainly women will use the cooker to dry excess farm products such as lime.
  • January 2013: EMACE continues to promote solar cooking with rural villagers - Fifteen solar box cookers will be distributed at the completion of a training workshop to be held in the Bolgoda Lake catchment area in the western province of Sri Lanka. The project was developed with a partnership with the Lake Biodiversity Project funded by the Global Nature Fund (GNF). Three additional programs are scheduled with other development non-profit organizations in northern and eastern locales for re-settlement villagers.
  • October 2011: The foundation began teaching solar cooking in 1995, and has taught over 3400 individuals to date, and has distributed over 1100 solar cookers.
  • November 2009: A workshop on "Renewable energy at village level" was held in Trincomalee on November 25, 2009 at Grace Church vocational center, for 100 newly-resettled families under the sponsorhip of a local NGO. More details here.
  • July 2004: The EMACE Foundation continues its efforts to spread solar cooking in Sri Lanka, particularly war-torn northern and eastern regions. Workshops were recently held in the Vavuniya district and orders for 50 solar box cookers were filled. Twenty parabolic solar cookers ― designed and provided byDominic Michaelis of Solar Energy Ltd. ― were also distributed. According to EMACE, “Women in particular are benefiting from the cookers as they enable them … to spend more time away from cooking and to save money otherwise spent on firewood. Many have used the extra time and money to start their own micro-businesses ― some have even used the cookers themselves to gain extra income by selling cakes and sweets prepared in them.” Demand for cookers among these communities is currently outstripping supply. EMACE is looking for additional support to assist with production and transport costs. EMACE recently began to produce its own solar box cookers, helping to keep costs down and ensure the project’s viability.


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PO Box 96, Moratuwa 10400
Sri Lanka

Tel: +94-11-2612837 / 0 777 913393, 072 7 913393
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