For International

Australian solar company lighting up India's slums

Around 65 million people live in urban slums in India and largely rely on kerosene lamps to see at night. These lamps emit toxic fumes including carbon monoxide, particulates, benzene and formaldehyde at levels up to 100 times higher than the recommended limits set by the World Health Organisation – the equivalent of smoking two packets of cigarettes per day. In the past five years, Australian solar company Pollinate Energy has helped more than 100,000 people in over 800 communities through their solar powered lamp business. To date the company has saved 2.7 million litres of kerosene and 6.6 million kilograms of C02. Pollinate Energy sells the lights to communities and also trains local entrepreneurs and provides loans so they can buy stock and create their own micro-businesses.

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