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Energy startup promotes solar lamps in Bangalore slums

Kerosene lamps are beginning to disappear in Bangalore's slums. (Rajeev/flickr/cc)

In the slums of Bangalore, many schoolchildren can’t do homework at night because there’s no electricity. The only option for indigent families may be a kerosene lamp that emits dangerous toxins into poorly ventilated dwellings and is expensive to operate. The fumes also contribute to global warming.

Enter Pollinate Energy, a socially conscious business based in Australia and India founded by young, idealistic Aussies. The United Nations spotlights this energy startup for training local Indians to become “micro-entrepreneurs” by selling and installing inexpensive solar lamps. So far, more than 10,000 poor people in the city have switched from kerosene to solar, the article says.

The lamps are durable and store energy in batteries. They’re also bright. “It is not just the fuel source, but also the quality of light which is important to a person’s well-being,” Pollinate Energy explains on its website. The startup notes that nearly 300 million Indians lack electricity, forcing them to burn not just kerosene but also wood. Click here for profiles of other energy innovations highlighted by the UN.

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