08 Apr '11, 12pm

Off-Grid Solar Solutions Shine in Low-income Rural Cambodia

Off-Grid Solar Solutions Shine in Low-income Rural Cambodia

In rural Cambodia, where about 11 million people live beyond the reach of electric grids, most villagers rely on one of two sources for lighting: kerosene lamps, which serve nearly half of this off-grid market (left ), or automobile batteries, which villagers use if they have a bit more money and seek energy for lighting, cell phone charging and watching television. But there are downsides to these two solutions. Villagers explain that the open flame kerosene lamps often burn their children. And although using automobile batteries is safer, it requires frequent trips to diesel-powered charging stations to recharge the battery. “When my parents were too busy to recharge the empty batteries, the whole family ended up sitting in the dark,” said Muon Tuorn, a 25-year-old guesthouse receptionist who shared her experience. Such troubles are opening the door for solar solutions t...

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