Nov 2, 2013

Solar Lighting: Benefits for the Rural Areas of the World

ruralareasdevelopingcountriesIs solar lighting a fad, something that a really great marketer made up to get people to believe they’re actually helping the environment? Or are there real and substantial benefits to switching to solar lighting.  The places where we would see the biggest advantage are in rural areas of developing countries.  The developing world has significantly benefited from the use of solar lighting in rural regions. Here’s why:


Solar lamps replace kerosene lamps, which are a serious fire hazard in the developing world. There are tens of thousands of people killed every year from fires caused by kerosene lamps. Solar electric is a safe way to have lighting without the risk of fire.

Lighting After Dark

Having cheap, solar powered lighting after dark allows families to work longer and get more done. It has been shown that regions where there is more solar lighting have increased economic activity because they can work longer. Bringing in solar lighting into a rural area also brings more economic activity with the sale of lighting in that area.

The other side of this is that literacy rates are also increasing as people can now read after dark more easily than they can by candlelight. People in rural areas can now seek education more readily and also attach themselves to the modern world.

Saves Energy and Reduces Air Pollution

Solar lighting allows rural areas to save electricity costs, which can be put towards the lighting of their centers, or more urban areas. The use of solar power also decreases the air pollution in a region, which can also keep the agriculture healthier.

Improves Health Programs

The use of solar lighting system by health centers in rural areas also improves the quality of the care. Solar systems will allow power to be on longer and will improve the actual ability to see properly, ultimately leading to better diagnosis and treatments. Even childbirth often happens in the dark.

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