Low-Income Solar Project Is Recognized at U.N. Climate Talks

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An Australia-based solar start-up company was recognized at the U.N. climate change talks in Warsaw for its work replacing highly polluting kerosene lamps with solar lighting in low-income regions of India. The company, Pollinate Energy, trains members of local communities to install household solar-powered lights in India’s slums, where families often rely on kerosene for lighting.

So far the project has installed solar-powered lighting systems for 10,000 people in 250 of Bangalore’s slum communities, in turn saving 40,000 litres of kerosene and 100,000 kilograms of carbon emissions, RenewEconomy reports.

The solar lighting systems are actually cheaper to operate than kerosene lamps and are less polluting and less dangerous than kerosene, which can cause house fires and severe burns. The nonprofit project started in Bangalore — home to some of India’s worst slums — as a way for children to do schoolwork after sunset. Pollinate Energy trains the local installers to distribute and install the lighting systems as micro-entrepreneurs, which they call “pollinators.”

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