Solar Lighting Could Create 2 Million Jobs in Developing Countries - Energy Watch News


Solar Lighting Could Create 2 Million Jobs in Developing Countries

BERKELEY, Calif. — A shift to solar LED systems and away from fuel-based lighting in the developing world may spur economic development as well as environmental improvements, creating an estimated 2 million solar-based jobs in some of the world’s poorest regions.

A survey of major solar LED lighting companies, conducted by Evan Mills at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), found that 38 solar-related jobs are created for each 10,000 people living off-grid and for whom stand-alone solar LED lights are suitable.

Solar LED lanterns and flashlights are gaining in popularity in the developing world, thanks to being “a rugged, affordable, reliable, compact and very manufacturable technology and one that is effectively wireless,” said Mills.

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