Lighting Facilities

Lighting Facilities Due to lighting facilities, students had more time to study, and women no longer depended solely on daylight to complete their household chores. Lighting is also known to benefit other household and community activities, such as sewing by women, social gatherings after dark and so on. Due to extended study and household work hours, convenience, safety, cleanness, and brightness, lighting is considered to be the most important benefit of SHSs. Solar electricity also helped local enterprises like small shops and village markets to operate during the evening, and thus increase their incomes and the services they provide to the community.




Information Facilities

Access to information, entertainment, and communication facilities provided by SHS is the second biggest benefit. SHS increased the opportunity to access information through watching TV and/or listening to radio broadcast information, and provided better communication opportunities via mobile phones and/or the Internet. Due to the high level of illiteracy prevalent in rural areas, radio and television are the most effective means of reaching rural inhabitants, and thus play an important role in socio-economic development. The Internet has now made it possible to obtain and share information, e.g., on education and health issues with local and international organizations such as NGOs, farmers’ and women’ s organizations.

Such information tools can be very influential at spreading important messages about new agricultural production ideas and techniques as well as health, nutrition, family planning, and other social and cultural issues. Studies also show that access to information can foster entrepreneurship, by providing access to tools and market, reduce information asymmetries and be up-to-date on current national and global affairs. Access to such facilities can bring about changes in the lifestyle of rural people and eradicate poverty.
International development agencies and national development partners are already experimenting with new information technologies and electronic communication networks for rural development.
It is an integrated part of PowerSolar’s strategy to forge the necessary partnerships for connectivity, to streamline internet services to the rural population.





Health and Environment

Solar energy’s inexhaustible supply electricity and power can replace, with minimal installed carbon footprint, kerosene lamps, which emit substantial amounts of fine particles like carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitric oxides (NOx), all of which adversely effects indoor air quality. These pollutants are known to impair lung function and increase illnesses like, asthma and cancer risks. SHSs have been found to result in less pollution and reduce the inconvenience associated with use of kerosene lamps.

Kerosene, diesel fuel, or gasoline stored for lamps and small generators are also potential safety hazards, with significant numbers of burn injuries reported.




Economic Benefits

After SHS installation, maintenance costs are projected to be minimal over the years of usage and protects users from kerosene market fluctuations and scarcity. SHSs also saves its users time, money, and energy for purchasing and transporting kerosene from markets. Moreover, due to efficient lighting, householders were able to pursue commercial activities like sewing and handicrafts, allowing them to earn extra money by sewing in the evening hours using solar light. Owners of tea stalls and local shops also have longer evening business hours and increased profits that could be further invested for business expansion.