As about half of the Ethiopian and Kenyan residents are not connected to the electricity grid; they have to rely on the sun as light source. This is limited as days are short in tropical countries. Up to now, kerosene lamps have been the primary light source to combat darkness. However, they cause a lot of soot, which is harmful both to health and the climate. If people want to stay inside in the evening, they are exposed to soot particles for many hours.
The project is supported by the campaign "Light for Education". With this campaign, the foundation Solarenergie establishes a local solar trade that is self-sustaining. Since 2008, ten solar centres have already been founded in Ethiopia and Kenya, and around 100 solar technicians have been trained. This not only creates jobs, but alleviates poverty as well as climate-damaging CO2. The CLIMATE BET supports this great project.
With its partner foundation Solar Energy, myclimate would like to change this. They equip households with financially affordable solar home systems. The photovoltaic cells on the house roofs supply LED lamps with electricity and replace the harmful kerosene lamps. The sunlight-operated LEDs save around 14,000 tons of CO2 compared with kerosene-fired lamps.