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Solar Lighting Could Create 2 Million Jobs in Developing Countries

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A shift to solar LED systems and away from fuel-based lighting in the developing world may spur economic development as well as environmental improvements, creating an estimated 2 million solar-based jobs in some of the world’s poorest regions. A survey of major solar LED lighting companies, conducted by Evan Mills at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), found that 38 solar-related jobs are created for each 10,000 people living off-grid and for whom stand-alone solar LED lights are suitable. A focus group with rural Kenyans on solar-LED lanterns, from a 2009...Read full article

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