Reusable and sustainable solar LED technology which can help eliminate the use of kerosene in developing nations, where the power grid is unreliable or non-existent, is something likely welcomed by the locals. One such case recently occurred in the village of Bomba in Belize, as the organization Grid Earth brought to the villagers 50 solar lights.
Grid Earth, also known as GEAR, says it provided enough lights to light every home in this small village. GEAR said of these lights that they “have small solar panels that can be installed on the roof or sit in the window that will charge a par 45 size LED lamp. The lamp is big enough to light up a 10 foot square room. The lamp charges by day, and gives up to 10 hours of use at night on the low setting. Or it will produce approximately 5 hours of light on a high setting which is suitable for reading. The lamps will last for many years to come and the average lifespan of the solar charged battery is estimated to be about 2 years.”
GEAR said the village can sustain these solar lamps from the resulted savings of up to 75% over the cost of kerosene. Additionally, it bought products of the craftsman in Bomba to bring back to the U.S. for sale worldwide. Sales of their crafts will hopefully fund the next trip to a village in Belize to bring light, and, according to GEAR, the cycle will repeat itself.
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