Energy

Solar powered lights

  • 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity, which is why solar lights (which are cheap, long lasting and affordable) are popular in areas that lack a connection
  • 600 million of those people live in sub-Saharan Africa; most of these people use kerosene lamps, torches or candles
  • Children who have a solar light in their home do better at school as they can study for longer after dark
  • Solar lights can charge a mobile phone using a USB port. With over two thirds of Kenyans owning a mobile phone
  • Fuel costs have been rising steadily in Kenya over the last five years. This means that kerosene is now more expensive to use
  • Solar is free once you buy the product, there is no top up fee because all your energy come from the sun
  • Solar is also better for your health than candles and kerosene. Solar produces no noxious gases, which means it is better for people’s eyes, nose and breathing.