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Philips to Light up Off-Grid Africa

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Royal Philips Electronics plans to light up off-grid and semi-grid areas in Africa by 2015 with the company’s new initiative to install 100 light centers with solar-powered LED lighting, targeting rural communities without access to an electricity grid. 

Installation in the first 40 centers is scheduled for later this year and will be focused on schools that are closely linked to villages and towns in off-grid or semi-grid areas. They will provide communal areas that can be used for sports and many other activities – healthcare, education, social and commerce.

In the next three years Philips estimates that it will spend around $1.48 million on the project and is seeking partnerships with local authorities in Africa to expand the program. Maintenance is expected to be self-sustaining as local authority/owners can rent out the light or advertising space and generate an income.

Prior to Philips latest program it had installed a number of lighting centers in countries like Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. An announcement on which sites and in which countries are included in Philips’ latest lighting center drive is expected in October.

From: Alternative Energy Africa

Source:http://ae-africa.com/read_article.php?NID=4183