Rural dwellers to benefit from cheap solar lamps
28 November 2014, 22:56
Nairobi – Rural dwellers unable to afford electricity connection and depend on kerosene lamps and candles for lighting in Kenya and entire East Africa are set to benefit from reliable, friendly to use, cheap and improvised solar lamps.
Greenlight Planet, a manufactures of Sunking Solar Lamps, decision to provide more lamps in rural areas is part of its products market expansion and anti-kerosene lamp use campaign to improve the locals’ livelihoods and protect them from inhaling emitted harmful fumes.
The company’s CEO, Mr Anish Thakkur, said Greenlight has been conducting civic education to discourage millions of EA consumers from using kerosene lamps, candles and flashlights for the solar lamps, and revealed that his company is set to partner with a multinational telecommunication firm in Kenya to ensure its wider lighting programme succeeds.
“Solar power is a rapidly developing energy source in Kenya and around the world. As you may know the potential for using the sun to directly supply our power needs is huge hence the need to move to the rest of the region,” said Anish.
He added that the company’s solar lamps such as SunKing whose price range from KES 1 000 to KES 3 600 available in leading supermarkets in the country, are well-designed to withstand any environmental conditions including rain, strong winds and extreme heat.
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To overcome the challenge of solar lamps going off within a short period of usage, Anish said the lamp’s batteries are fitted with Lithium-Ferro phosphate that can provide up to 45 hours of light after a one-day sun charging.
Greenlight Planet’s branches are spread across African countries such as Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, where Anish pointed out that his firm has so far created about 800 job opportunities to Kenyans, and assured that its successful market expansion will create more opportunities for unemployed locals.
Survey on impact of using kerosene lamps and associated effects conducted by Greenlight Planet and its Solar Aide counterpart shows that around 400 000 annual deaths are caused inhalation of harmful fumes from the burning of kerosene in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Anish, therefore, holds that total shift from usage of risky kerosene lamps to solar lamps by poor Kenyans both in rural and urban areas will significantly reduce deaths caused by inhalation of harmful killer gases such as carbon dioxide
The research by the duo solar lamps companies also reveals that over 200 million people Africa use kerosene lamps as main source of lighting where each lamp emits over 2.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide per litre burned thus leading to global warming. The use of solar lamps significantly reduces carbon emission to about 200 tons.
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