Over the Christmas break, the New York Times published an insightful article about how small scale renewable energy can improve the lives of people who dwell in places such as Africa where it’s common not to be reached by the grid.
“Although dwarfed by the big renewable energy projects that many industrialized countries are embracing to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, these tiny systems are playing an epic, transformative role”, wrote the author of the article, Elisabeth Rosenthal.
The article highlights the incredible value that renewable energy can add to people’s lives (besides the environmental benefits, of course). The African family the journalist focused on was able to save money after installing an $80 solar panel because it no longer needed to buy kerosene and batteries ($15 per month) plus another $20 spent on travel to buy the goods. Besides, the kids got better grades at school because they now have light for
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.