The advantages of solar energy tend come in the medium and long term: it saves money on fuel consumption, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the impact of climate change. All these are very worthy of embracing solar technology reasons. However, in appropriate circumstances, solar energy can have a more immediate impact on the lives of people.
Much of the Third World has an abundance of sun, but little or no access to affordable electricity. The common alternative, oil lamps, expensive, dangerous and ineffective. These are some amazing examples where a number of charities are using solar technology life changing – right now!
1 COCO and Solar Lamp Project
Comrades children abroad, COCO has a project in Tanzania to provide young people with sunlamps. In this region the electricity supply is unreliable; some power outages can last up to seven days. Also, many people can not afford electricity. Night light is usually provided by kerosene lamps fees disadvantages, fire, health problems and environmental damage. Students are provided with micro-loans. They pay around € 1 per week to share and use a kerosene lamp. Your payments of a solar lamp is approximately 1.25 pounds a week. After 25 weeks, their loans are repaid. So free your lighting needs are met.
2 Solar Aid and Sunnymoney companies
Help Solar and its subsidiary Sunnymoney has the social objective of increasing access to solar lights and reduce dependence on kerosene lamps. Is solar lights provide reliable energy saves money, improves health and educational opportunities for bettors, providing light to study without worrying about the cost and dangers of using kerosene lamps. Their lamps also have a cell phone charger, a potential source of additional income.
3 d.light Design
d.light manufactures and distributes four solar light products targeting the 2.6 billion people in the world lack access to reliable electricity. Their lights provide reliability and short recovery periods without maintenance due to energy cost is reduced by almost 50%. Furthermore, access to light at night can help increase productivity and therefore household income. In collaboration with Christian Aid pointed 4,400 homes in three states of India. A similar project was recently launched in Africa.
4 Solutions Practice
With simple technology, Practical Action works with some of the poorest in the world to find innovative, practical and tangible poor people. As an example of this, people of Turkana, northern Kenya have to walk up to 10 kilometers in the relentless heat and sun to find water. Practical Action provides a brilliant solution to this problem – Solar pumps that can supply enough water even in drought conditions. These pumps are so efficient that can provide up to 10,000 liters per hour from a well 100 feet deep.
5 IKEA Foundation
Millions of refugees use large canvas tents costing about $ 500 each and are designed to be used for six months, but used often for years. A disadvantage of these stores is that they can get too hot in the day and very cold at night. The IKEA Foundation has developed a cost-effective alternative to the store, a prototype flat pack refugee shelter. It is modular, lightweight, relatively easy to transport and can be mounted without tools. Be the roof is covered with a reflective film, which keeps you cooler and more days of night. Comes with its own solar panel that is used to power a USB port and light. These shelters are guaranteed for three years, but can last much longer than that. Although currently more expensive than the store canvas sustainability would in time make them more profitable.
6 Maendeleo Foundation
21st century education relies heavily on information technology (IT) is accessed primarily using laptops. In the Third World, most students already face all kinds of barriers, such as fees, uniforms and travel, the added disadvantage of little or no power supply. In Uganda, the Maendeleo Foundation uses solar energy to bridge this technology gap. Much of sub-Saharan Africa outside the network, but not lack equatorial sun. The foundation has two sturdy jeeps. Each is visiting five schools a week, on average, 200 students per day. When a jeep comes to a school, provides an instant, outdoors emerging class room. There is a tent, chairs, desks and portable enough for a computer class. Load solar panels allows students to have a computer lesson several hours.
All these projects are worth supporting. You can play a role, whether large or small, in the eradication of poverty for the most vulnerable people in the world. Visit the websites of the project to find more details on how you can get involved. Make a real difference.