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Notes to broadcasters on LED generator

Recent reports estimate that only 10-15% of rural Africans have access to electricity; nearly 600 million Africans lack access. In the absence of electricity, firewood and kerosene are the most common sources of light and heat. But many other sources of power are being explored. These include biogas, micro-hydro power, small-scale wind power, and solar power. In addition, energy-saving devices such as improved cook stoves are another kind of solution to energy poverty.

Illumination from light-emitting diode (LED) lights represents a new opportunity. LED lighting is many times cheaper than battery-operated lighting, and less expensive and safer than kerosene. It also solves the problem of how to dispose of used batteries. For more information on the LED lights and generator described in the story, see: http://www.mmtimes.com/2012/tech/620/tech62002.html, and the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jksNlkq2WO4

For more information on Nuru Energy and their products, visit their website at: http://nurulight.com/

Here is a one-page summary of a report on access to energy in developing countries, published by the World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/indoorair/publications/Energy_Access_Report_Brief.pdf

The international NGO Practical Action has many documents about energy on its website at:  http://practicalaction.org/energy-document-library-all

The following Farm Radio International scripts talk about renewable energy:

-Biodiesel production: Generating income for small-scale farmers in Kenya (Package 87, Script 7, April 2009) http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/87-7script_en.asp

-Solar Aid’s micro solar project in Tanzania: Tremendous solar energy potential (Package 87, Script 6, April 2009) http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/87-6script_en.asp

You might also like to browse recent stories from Farm Radio Weekly on renewable energy:

-Cameroon: Livestock farmers turn dung into power (#185, January 2012) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2012/01/16/cameroon-livestock-farmers-turn-dung-into-power-alertnet/

-Uganda: The fruits of innovation – Ugandan company wins green energy award (#125, June 2008) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/06/16/2-uganda-the-fruits-of-innovation-%E2%80%93-ugandan-company-wins-green-energy-award-by-joshua-kyalimpa-for-farm-radio-weekly-in-kampala-uganda/

Do some research and find out what energy sources are being used in your listening area. Are any villagers generating biogas with biodigesters, or using solar energy? Are they using biomass such as dung or crop residues as energy sources? Are they growing biofuel crops?

Perhaps villagers are using creative ways to generate energy that you have never heard of. Talk to local or regional NGOs, and to local and regional governments, about energy policies and energy sources. You might want to conduct a roundtable discussion about energy in your region. Invite politicians, traditional leaders, progressive farmers, and NGOs. Invite listeners to call in with questions and comments.

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