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by Arnold Juma





Issue: 68


Journal section: General Articles
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Received: 2016-03-21

Accepted: 2016-03-21

Abstract


In his book entitled ‘Selling Solar’, Miller observes that lighting is the most essential need in the home as it enables people to see between sunset and sunrise. However, the provision of sustainable lighting in rural areas is a large challenge for many developing countries. This is due to low incomes prevalent in the rural areas and, in some cases, sparse populations which render rural electrification financially unviable. In recent years, solar photovoltaic systems have become one of the most viable options for lighting in rural areas. The strategy has been to start small, with portable solar lanterns, and move up the ladder to larger solar home systems as user satisfaction, confidence and incomes grow. Experience has shown that projects to promote these technologies are sustainable when they are commercialised and not aid-oriented and sustainability is enhanced when the projects are coupled with micro-credit schemes within the rural communities. Such schemes empower people economically and enhance their purchasing power. It is also important to train community members in the basics of the technologies so that they are able to use these products effectively and take proper care of them.




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Tags: Rural    Households    Lighting    Solar    Lanterns    Micro-credit   

Categories:
051 Solar 022 Lighting 023 Delivery models
Replicability And Upscaling Climate change
Poverty
Health
Int'l Development

Location:
Africa Malawi

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