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Lighting Sri Lanka’s Future

Lighting Sri Lanka’s Future

National and international NGOs, with the cooperation of public authorities, are working to expand the use of an alternative lighting system in rural villages, through the replacement of kerosene lamps with solar panels.

The initiative converts widely used traditional kerosene lanterns into solar-powered LED lighting systems. These can be used by children to study at night and by night fishermen. The lamp’s design is unique as it is powered by a rechargeable 12 volt 4-6 Amp seal lead acid battery, with a 3 year lifespan and provides 30 hours of improved luminosity. The affordable lanterns can be charged on the grid or via solar panels and are cheaper than kerosene lanterns, making it attractive to locals needing to cut household costs. The amount of money invested in kerosene consumes up to 30% of the fishermen’s income. Besides the lamps provide bright, clean light and withstand wind and water spillage. They are easy to maintain, less labour intensive and less of a fire risk than traditional kerosene lamps. 

  • Establish and operate 2 pilot-run solar LED lighting centres in 2 villages.
  • Develop or strengthen community mechanisms to manage and monitor the impacts of LED lighting systems.
  • Distribute 400 solar LED reading lamps on a credit basis to children in 2 villages.
  • Distribute 100 solar LED lanterns for night fishing on a micro-credit basis.
  • Increase local awareness and education about climate change and how local people can help with mitigation and adaptation.
  • Produce a 15 minute documentary film and a website on solar LED lighting systems.


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