In east Africa, where access to reliable electricity is a rare luxury, small-scale renewable power is playing a transformative role in people's lives. In the New York Times, Elizabeth Rosenthal reveals the story of a rural Kenyan family whose whose small rooftop solar panel delivers enough power to charge their new cell phone and run four bright lights. The solar panel cost the family $80.
The spread of small-scale renewable power isn't limited to Africa. Thanks to the advent of cheap solar panels and high-efficiency LED lights, the trend is accelerating throughout the developing world. â€œYouâ€™re seeing herders in Inner Mongolia with solar cells on top of their yurts,â€ said Dana Younger, renewable energy advisor at the World Bank.
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