Facts about solar power: Source SolarAid

Once in a while at least we should look to helping others. Like in an old Hindi movie Amar Prem Rajesh Khanna tells the villian “Even animals look up while eating, as if thanking God for the food that it has got”. As human beings let us do our bit. There is an organisation (UK based) which does charity work in Africa – by encouraging solar power usage. In India NDTV ran a program about solar power to reduce / eradicate poverty. Let us see some facts about solar power:

(nothing original as usual) – a cut past job from the solar aid site:

1.The earth receives more energy from the sun in just one hour than the world uses in a whole year. That’s why SolarAid believes solar power is so important for development.
2.Two billion people in the world have no access to electricity. For most of them, solar power would be their cheapest electricity source, but they cannot afford it. SolarAid helps to redress this through small-scale solar projects for poor communities.
3.Building a small solar charger for a radio can cost around £5 and can sell for three times the price in Malawi. That’s why SolarAid is helping rural villages in Malawi set up small solar businesses so they can earn a living.
4.SolarAid is the only UK charity specialising in solar energy for poor countries.
5.Most rural poor in Africa use kerosene lamps, which are heavily polluting in CO2 and bad for their health, but a solar lamp would be cheaper and better for the environment.
6.Solar panels are guaranteed typically for 25 years and have a life expectancy of at least 50 years.
7.Lack of access to affordable electricity is a major cause of poverty in rural areas in Africa, which is why SolarAid focuses on these regions, using solar power for education and health.
8.Africa has the lowest fossil energy use of any world region, yet the continent is the most vulnerable to climate change. Signs of a changing climate have already emerged there: disease and melting glaciers in the mountains, rising temperatures in drought-prone areas, and sea-level rise and coral bleaching along the coastlines.
9.Respiratory diseases caused by toxic smoke from cooking fires kill 1.5 million women and children each year. Yet a solar cooker, which is much safer, can be easily built from cardboard and waste reflective material.
10.SolarAid is a unique charity that has been set up to help fight climate change and global poverty at the same time.

Can we do something about using Solar in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, India….and the world….

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One Response to “Facts about solar power: Source SolarAid”

  1. Dr Mohammed Ali Khan on September 27th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Dear Subra
    You should watch a documentary by BBC channel 4 called ” The Great Global warming swindle” to know that solar power is not the answer to Africa’s poverty. The real answer is developement, good governance and of course, education.

    The truth is solar power is expensive, inefficient and unreliable.
    Can Africa have a Tata Steel or an Infosys with solar power ?

    Its time the Western environmental lobby practise what they preach and travel by bullock carts and not planes and use solar power for THEIR homes instead of running their experiments on poor nations.( ” Nobel laureate” Al Gore mostly travels by private jets, uses more electricity in one MONTH than an average American household uses in one year, but goes around the world in private jets preaching the “dangers” of climate change.

    The truth is that the Earth’s climate is ALWAYS changing.. Its not something new!

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