Solar Lighting and Power
Because the majority of africans live outside of grid connectivity, they are forced to rely on traditional lighting sources such as biomass, candles and kerosene to satisfy their lighting needs. Users can expend a large portion of their income on these sources and receive very poor quality light in return. The use of this light results in inefficiency, low activity after dark and health and fire hazards due to smoke and flame.
Recent advances in modern lighting and power technologies such as LED (light emitting diodes) lights and solar cells are providing an affordable way to emancipate the user from the debilitating cycle of fuel purchase for poor quality light. LEDs allow for quality lighting products to be introduced in developing countries at a very low cost while providing useful light for basic tasks, living spaces and reading. These lights require very low power input (as little as 1-2 watts) and can be combined with low cost battery systems or even solar based recharging systems. Solar cells can also be used to recharge cell phones and batteries resulting in further energy savings.
With the combination of free solar energy from the sun powering rechargeable batteries through a solar cell, it is possible for customers to shift their income expenditures away from recurring energy purchases and redirect this income to other household needs or even savings.
See a video* about how solar powered lighting is changing lives in Africa.
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