150 homes have been supplied with small solar lighting systems. These comprise a roof mounted solar panel, a battery and four led lights. Previously people have used home made paraffin lamps with a bare flame and are now saving considerably on the purchase of fuel.
We are extremely grateful to Phillida Purvis and The Paul Getty Charitable Trust for funding this initiative.
The benefits of solar lighting
- Improves Health ~ No more breathing in of smoke fumes from kerosene lamps and safeguards eyesight problems.
- Reduces risk of Fires ~ Fires from kerosene lamps are a serious fire hazard and are responsible for the deaths and maiming of thousands of people every year.
- Improves Literacy ~ Solar lights enable reading after dark which improves the opportunities for children to study after dark.
- Extends the Workday ~ Solar lighting allows families to extend their working day
- Saves Money ~ Up to 25% of household income can be spend on kerosene. Solar lighting will be a huge saving
- Less Maintenance ~ Solar lighting requires no fuel, and will last for 20 years with minimal servicing.
- Conserves Energy ~ Solar electricity for the Third World is clearly a most effective energy conservation programme.
- Lower birth Rates ~ Studies have shown a direct correlation between the availability of electric light and lower birth rates.
- Stems Urban Migration ~ Improving the quality of life through electrification at the rural household and village level helps stem migration to mega-cities.
- Conserves Foreign Exchange ~ As much as 90% of the export earnings of some developing countries are used to pay for imported oil, most of it for power generation. Capital saved by not building additional large power plants can be used for investment in health, education, economic development, and industry. Expanding solar rural electrification creates jobs and business opportunities based on an appropriate technology in a decentralized marketplace.