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From Kisumu workshop to the well prepared grounds of Don Bosco Institute in Kakuma, Kenya, a solar oven and 3 cookers were well received, assembled and they boast fully lined up together with the previously installed oven ready to continue serving the local Don Bosco Institute. To continue (...)

24 March

"La boulangerie solaire : un exemple pour un futur radieux"

13 March

" Reportage sur la boulangerie solaire NeoLoco dans TéléMatin "

13 March

"En Normandie, ce boulanger fabrique son pain grâce au soleil "

7 March

The bottom line of the training is that these girls would be able to open up their own businesses managed by themselves. By doing so, by becoming active sustainable entrepreneurs, the hope is that their problems of dependency and idleness would end. There are people who have been able to see (...)

22 February

"NeoLoco est le pionnier de la torréfaction solaire en Europe, et de la boulangerie solaire. Aujourd’hui de nombreux artisans Français et étrangers viennent se former chez NeoLoco."

16 February

Dear Friends, Today is the day to tell you how much we love life, forest, empowered humans and balanced eco-systems. Love is the root, always. We wish you lots of love and loving choices to make this world a better place. Picture: Valentine’s cake - solar baked by Nebbi’s Smart Up bakery in (...)

14 February

"Arnaud Crétot : artisan boulanger solaire; Aujourd’hui, pour ce nouveau voyage en 2030 Glorieuses, je pars à la rencontre d’Arnaud Crétot, le fondateur de Néoloco, une entreprise pionnière de l’artisanat solaire qui a pour objectif de rendre l’alternative locale plus désirable que les produits (...)

29 January

"Aujourd’hui, pour ce nouveau voyage en 2030 Glorieuses, je pars à la rencontre d’Arnaud Crétot, le fondateur de Néoloco, une entreprise pionnière de l’artisanat solaire qui a pour objectif de rendre l’alternative locale plus désirable que les produits standardisés issus de la mondialisation. Pour en (...)

29 January

"There is so much power in finding a way to earn a good income for your family while meeting your creative interests and serving your community as a whole. Today’s guest, Joan Arwa Ogwang is the perfect example of this. In this episode of Next Economy Now, Joan tells us all about her incredible (...)

24 January

Le pain cuit au four solaire et le panier des trois pières 23 janvier 2023 -

23 January

At the end of 2022 we implemented our first project in Sudan. Plan International Sudan, an NGO mostly dedicated to education and youth employment, commissioned the installation of a Lytefire 5 unit for a bakery to be installed at Al Alagaya refugee camp in Sudan home of about 28 000 refugee’s. (...)

12 January

"Un four solaire pour la boulangerie artisanale (2/4) "

27 December 2022

Dear solar friends, We are ending the year with a dream that became true (for us). A few days ago we have launched the Lytefire Hub where all Lytefire’s users can gather, find resources, dedicated forums, tips and share positive energy. DIY’ers building the Lytefire 4, Solarpreneurs using the (...)

23 December 2022

Nous sommes très heureux de vous annoncer que le guide de construction de la Lytefire 4 est à présent disponible en français. Il a été revu et mis à jour. Et très bientôt (dans 15 jours en fait), on ouvre (enfin) le forum qui va permettre à tous les bricoleurs.euses de se construire le leur. Voici le (...)

12 December 2022

After a successful first training for a very nice group at Rape Hurts Foundation, the participants have been able to start their solar baking production with great success. All together, Augustine Olowo, Allen Odongo and Sam Rodrigues have organized a great (...)

9 December 2022

A big big thank you to all those who have supported this campaign in one way or another. This raised budget will allow to build the 2 Lytefire solar ovens in Kenya and refresh one existing one, to give one to Joan who lives nearby, to send one to Hashimu who is in Tanzania and another one to (...)

3 November 2022

Arnaud cuit son pain et torréfie des graines avec un four solaire

10 October 2022

Avec la low-tech, penser et agir par-delà la technique

6 October 2022

"Afrikka ponnistaa kohti kiertotaloutta"

24 September 2022

"Les Fours solaires pour certaines activités professionnelles"

6 September 2022

Thanks to the patient work of Arnaud, Elise, Benoist, Maxence and Loïc, three new French entrepreneurs decided to start using the Lytefire Deluxe manufactured in France to power their activity. They have been inspired by NeoLoco, Arnaud’s solar bakery, and by Lydiane and Manu, who have been the (...)

29 August 2022

With the title of this post, I refer to Marie NDiaye’s book, Three Strong Women (2009), which is telling the story of three heroines between France and Senegal. It is proven: powerful stories and visions can change the world. Let’s only remember the Civil Rights movement in the US or the raise of (...)

22 July 2022

Focus entrepreneurs – A professional solar oven, Lytefire

27 June 2022

Help Joan, Hashimu and Allen to inspire their local communities by harnessing the power of the sun and creating sustainable bakeries! Feeding their community without polluting or deforesting is what Joan, Hashimu and Allen choose to do in order to fight the intensity and acceleration of (...)

17 June 2022

Like any other company, we had to adapt to covid and to the complexity of our world. We don’t want to travel too much for long projects anymore, we need to take into account the rise of pricing for shipping and material, and we still need to address the huge amount of request we receive from all (...)

1 June 2022

I have just returned from an amazing trip to Uganda and Kenya to see firsthand the amazing impacts of Lytefire with some of the 250+ entrepreneurs we have empowered in the last 12 months. Visiting the training site in Uganda As you know we have not only developed the Lytefire solar tech but (...)

8 May 2022

The Don Bosco Technical Institutes boasts a number of different workshops. Walking around the school you can see students working on metal objects, wood furniture, masonry structures, electrical installations and many more activities. Now there is a new work post… a solar bakery! During the (...)

7 April 2022

Alebtong: 15 youth get skills to operate a solar-powered bakery

2 April 2022

We are back in action in Uganda with Plan International and Plan Uganda! In 2018 we delivered two of our solar bakery and entrepreneurship trainings at Plan’s SmartUp Factory Hubs and now we’re back to do another nine installations and trainings! We have a bigger team and our ovens and Lytefire (...)

1 April 2022

The Lytefire 4 construction guide is at 5€ instead of 99€ for 24 hours ( With it, you can build yourself a solar concentrator to cook, purify water, fry, roast in a pan. We are soon opening a forum for builders providing feedback, updates, for a community (...)

25 March 2022

"Youth benefiting from Smart Up factory project "

17 March 2022

Embu is a town on the foothills of Mount Kenya, with wide landscapes, endless fields and fresh, crisp air. The town is alive in all senses of the word, the local markets bustle with activity! Traders crowd every street corner selling produce from their farms, and vendors sell various items by (...)

4 March 2022


18 February 2022

"Lira youth eke living from baking "

12 February 2022

"The Oven uses a combination of mirrors that reflect the sun heat up the oven to a temperature of up to 300 degrees Celsius."

2 February 2022

"Avec Arnaud Crétot, fondateur de NeoLoco (artisanat solaire) et directeur technique de Solar Fire (four à concentration solaire), il n’a pas été question de mesurettes symboliques pour agir mais d’un retournement complet des valeurs, des priorités et de l’organisation de la société. (...)

30 January 2022

"Équipé du premier four solaire d’Europe, cet artisan normand transforme des produits locaux"

16 January 2022

We are proud to announce the start of our cooperation with the Swiss based Jansen PrimeSteps Foundation. With the support and advise of the PrimeSteps team we will equip and train entrepreneurs with Lytefire solar ovens across different locations in Burkina, with a focus on women’s groups and (...)

22 November 2021

"Towards sustainability – solar energy for the other 99 %" (p. 37)

22 November 2021

"Fideriser Heuberge: The first solar sauna in the world"

16 November 2021

With Don Bosco Jugendhilfe Weltweit we have found a new project partner dedicated to empowering youths. Active all over the world, this organization supports hundreds of vocational training centers, across Africa and beyond. Our cooperation starts in Kenya, with two vocational schools, one of (...)

15 November 2021

We are excited to announce this new partnership to empower entrepreneurs to run solar bakeries and food businesses across 11 locations in Uganda. The project will allow existing bakery cooperatives to transition from daily charcoal burning to using our powerful Lytefire 5 solar concentrator. In (...)

1 November 2021

"Il forno che riesce a produrre fino a 100 kg di pane al giorno usando solo l’energia solare"

8 October 2021

"Saint-Jouin-Bruneval. En quête d’artisans pour acheter un four solaire"

16 September 2021

Près du Havre, un appel à projet pour devenir "artisan solaire"

16 September 2021

"Près du Havre, un four solaire innovant en projet pour cuire du pain ou torréfier du café "

28 August 2021

"Solar-baked bread? Recycled loaves? Bakers try something new in France."

6 August 2021

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Solarstart, a Swiss non-profit association focused on raising awareness on solar energy and empowering entrepreneurs. Next summer, the association will install a solar bakery at Switzerland’s largest youth camp bringing together more than (...)

28 July 2021

"Arnaud Crétot était ingénieur. La voilà aujourd’hui boulanger et torréfacteur." (print)

8 July 2021

"Ce boulanger normand cuit son pain... à l’énergie solaire"

3 July 2021

"Ce boulanger indépendant confectionne son pain dans un four solaire"

27 May 2021

La boulangerie solaire - NeoLoco

2 May 2021

"Avec son four révolutionnaire, Lydiane Tirel met du soleil dans vos apéritifs" (print)

28 April 2021

"Au téléphone, Arnaud nous présente sa boulangerie NeoLoco, la première boulangerie solaire d’Europe."

27 April 2021

"Ce boulanger cuit son pain dans un four solaire"

14 April 2021

"Avec NeoLoco, l’artisanat solaire germe dans l’Hexagone"

6 February 2021

Dear Friends, Clients, Partners, Followers and Supporters, In 2020, the Lytefire Solar Sauna and the Lytefire Solar Oven have been featured in 32 articles in the media in France, Switzerland, Finland, Germany and USA. National newspapers as well as national TV shows :) Thank you for your (...)

12 January 2021

"Solar Fire Concentration for #SolariseHeat"

9 December 2020

After melting delicious cheese with 400° of solar power at the Lytefire Sauna it’s time to cool down in Heuberge’s ice-covered lake! We’re always ready to develop new ways to tap into the power of the sun. Now it’s possible to use the Solar Sauna not just to sauna but also to make "Racelette" (...)

4 December 2020

"Au plus près de vous..." avec un boulanger

24 November 2020

"De la douche mobile au four à pain, l’énergie solaire à concentration se développe"

22 November 2020

National French TV France 3, Nov 12, 2020. Introducing Lytefire 11 (00:02:58-00:04:55)

3 November 2020

"Can Solar Thermal Energy be a Game-Changer? — Part 2"

1 October 2020

"Can Solar Thermal Energy be a Game-Changer?"

1 October 2020

"Un four à pain solaire de 11 m² construit dans la région du Havre, et c’est une première !"

22 September 2020

Since a few weeks we have the first wood-based solar concentrator installed at Heuberge Mountain Resort in Switzerland, where we have also installed our Solar Sauna. As reported earlier, in April 2020 we held an online design course with the Berne University of Applied Sciences to create (...)

9 September 2020

"so-talk Urs Riggenbach, Lytefire und GoSol.Solar"

4 September 2020

"Saunaing with the sun"

1 September 2020

"À Rouen, les Vagabonds de l’énergie utilisent le soleil pour la cuisson des aliments "

29 August 2020

"Sustainable wellness in the new solar sauna"

11 August 2020

"First solar sauna in the world in Graubünden"

10 August 2020

"New development of the Solar Sauna, based on a technology that also helps with sustainability in the developing world"

8 August 2020

We are very happy to have launched a small crowdfunding campaign to support two dynamic guys in Burkina Faso to create a solar bakery and cultural space. Adama Bafiago, an artist and activist, was an early supporter of our first crowdfunding campaign in 2015. He immediately saw the potential (...)

1 April 2020

You need to take 7 minutes and watch this, it’s definitely worth it! Here’s our Chief Operating Officer Urs Riggenbach talking about solar, climate crisis, sustainability and entrepreneurship. "My hope is that we’re not just fixing the carbon issue. We’re fixing, along with this carbon issue, (...)

31 March 2020

Video Message from Eva, chairperson of GoSol / Solar Fire: My hope is not an illusion, it’s real and strong but today I’m sad, and angry. Everybody can have an impact. Wake up. Speak up. .embed-responsive-4by3::before padding-top: (...)

10 February 2020

Longtime followers will know that we started as Solar Fire and then created GoSol in order to take our experience in solar thermal energy and apply it to real world entrepreneurs. Solar Fire continues to be our engineering arm and is the legal name of our business. GoSol is our main (...)

26 décembre 2019