Since September last year the lighting Africa programme has been engaging with businesses to establish a market and promote the use of modern off gird lighting for Sub Saharan Africa. The programmes interim target is to achieve the distribution of over 500,000 high quality lanterns by 2012 and to scale this up to reach over 250 million people by 2030 through businesses and engaging with the private sector to aid promotion of these lanterns.

The article states that over the past five years they have seen the aulity of products improve and the prices of products fall. In 2008 a lantern was around $50, currently there is there now a range of improved off-grid lighting products available on the market ranging from $25-$50. The expectation is that prices will drop further and allow more people access to clean, affordable and quality lighting.

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