Solar Power Saving Lives in India

Simple technology revolutionising the lives of the very poor in India. Notice how it’s private enterprise, not Government subsidy achieving this.

From the ABC:

Australian solar company Pollinate Energy brings light to slums of India

With indoor air pollution from kerosene lamps and stoves the second largest cause of death in India, one company, founded by Australians, has come up with a solution to the problem.

Every night in the sprawling shanty towns of the country of 1.2 billion people, the air fills with dense, black smoke.

“We used to get oil from the market and pour it into the lamp and light it; the house used to get full of soot and dirt,” said Abdul, a slum-dweller in Bangalore who lives in a hut made of wooden board and tarpaulin.

That was until Abdul bought a portable solar light from a company called Pollinate Energy, founded by five young Australians.

“After we got this solar lamp a lot of things improved,” Abdul said.

“Now we don’t worry that there will be a fire.”

Read the full story here

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