Emerging Nations Spend Wisely For Solar Lights

According to the United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change, 25% of the world’s population gets its light from directly burning fuel.  Small fires dot the landscape of emerging nations, andcandlesflicker in the wind as children try to study after the sun goes down. To support cooking, interior light, and reading light, the BBC states that some families are spending as much as 10 – 15% of their total income just on fuel.

Sun powered lights are a much more cost effective way to provide consistent lighting for interior illumination, safety and reading.  The BBC notes that while some people choose to believe that solar lights are too expensive for poor families, solar lighting can actually represent a substantial cost savings over the course of a year compared with traditional electric grid lighting.

For this reason – hard math – many emerging nations are rethinking their energy policies.  While in the past they may have provided subsidies to lower the prices of candles or kerosene lighting, now they are channeling energy and funding into solar lights.  From solar panels to provide public lighting for street markets inIndiato individual accent solars for lighting for rural families inAfrica, solar power is making an impression.

The money spent on solar lights isn’t immediate burned up in the next day’s cooking fire or melted away when the candlewick is done.  It doesn’t flicker in and out when appliances around the neighborhood are turned on or off.  Instead, sun powered lighting is a steady and continual presence in the homes and lives of those who chose to make the switch.

As a result, top-down policies from government energy policy makers are meeting grounds well of demand from those who have discovered the difference that solar lighting can make in their overall budgets.  The government groups who are switching from traditional power subsidies to sun powered solar lighting subsidies are finding their measures quite well received.

After all, while burning fuels for light may be tradition, finding ways to save money is an even stronger tradition.  As the world’s emerging nations look for new ways to improve the quality of life for their citizens, spending wisely on solar energy is a winning proposition all around.

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