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Solar LED brings ‘leapfrog’ lighting to off-grid India and Thailand

As governments across the world look for ways to curb carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency is an urgent priority. For industrialised nations, renovation of existing infrastructure is crucial to save both energy and the environment. In developing regions, solar lighting has given us huge opportunities to ‘leapfrog’ outdated technology.

New projects in India and Thailand vividly demonstrate this potential. The Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Manipur, for example, have begun installation of more than 76,000 solar LED street lamps in rural communities. Solar LED is less expensive, more environmentally friendly, and eliminates the noxious fumes from alternatives such as kerosene.

Today, almost 300 million Indians depend on wood fires or kerosene for their lighting. Worldwide, about 1.1 billion people–or one in seven–are trapped in light poverty, denied access to reliable electricity. Clean solar light is a simple, fast solution to this injustice.

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