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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Malawi 2017
SolarAid has been actively trying to provide the people of Africa with affordable and effective lighting solutions. The company is a charity with a goal to reduce the world’s carbon emissions and to remove the kerosene lamp from circulation by replacing the lamps with solar powered versions.
Throughout Africa approximately 600 million families are without electricity and are forced to resort to kerosene lamps to light their homes at night. This process is a costly one and the health ramifications are documented and are a serious cause for concern.
To remove this lamp from circulation, it is logical to source a replacement to ensure these families have reliable light in the evening. The use of a solar lamp in place of a kerosene lamp is logical as it is a renewable energy source. The resulting changeover will have the effect of removing these environmental hazards from the climate and from people’s homes. This means the project will benefit the family and the climate.
The program creators have designed a pay as you go system to ensure that the lights can stay on within the means of the owner and without a leasing system the poorest users can access this unit without the worry of late payment penalties or reconnection costs. The original light only unit has since been replaced by a phone charging unit which is of great benefit to the users.
The use of kerosene lamps is a national health risk in African countries. It is necessary to remove the kerosene lamp for the international movement toward reducing carbon emissions and for the health of the African people. The use of solar lighting is a logical replacement for the kerosene lamp.