Solar Panels for Education and Quality of Life in Ethiopia
The installation of photovoltaic cells on the roofs of Ethiopian houses for electricity production gives families access to lighting and improves the livelihoods of people from rural regions. Replacing kerosene lamps has positive health effects and leads to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Over 50% of the population in the rural areas of Ethiopia and Kenya does not have access to electricity and therefore experiences numerous limitations at nighttime, such as restricted educational activities for children in the evening. The project’s objective is to supply a high number of villages with solar home systems, i.e. photovoltaic cells on the roofs of houses, to produce electricity for lighting at home.
The use of solar electricity combined with the installation of strong LED lights instead of kerosene lamps has positive effects on people’s health and leads to reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. A solar home system saves on average 411 kg CO₂ per year. One household benefits from saving around USD 80 and 77 liters of kerosene as well as USD 42 for mobile charging costs per year.
To date, 25,810 households have been equipped with a solar home system, improving the livelihoods of around 142,000 people. The project furthermore created around 250 local jobs for women (30%) and men.
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