12 May '12, 2am

Solar-Powered Phones Help Kenyans

Solar-Powered Phones Help Kenyans

A solar-powered mobile phone created by telecommunications company Safaricom and Kenya’s Mobitelea Ventures is providing a solution to some Kenyans not having access to electricity. The phone is only about $18 and has its own solar charger, so it never needs to be plugged into the main sources of electricity. Only about five percent of people living in rural areas there have access to electricity. In urban areas, the number is much higher at 51% , but that means nearly half do not have electricity. Kenya’s solar potential is high, with most areas receiving six hours of direct sunlight per day. However, solar technology is too expensive for most Kenyans, and there isn’t enough knowledge of how such systems work within the population. Getting connected to the main electrical grid system can cost $600. Poor people living in rural and urban areas can’t afford this service fee,...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/11/solar-powered-phones-...

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