Little Sun Solar Lamp

Why to choose this solution?
The solution provides light in homes and can also be used as torch. It helps in lighting for homes, it has Dimensions of 12*2.9 cm and weight of 120 g including batteries and all is recyclable. The solar panel has pv of 0.5w and battery capacity of 500mAh.
Savings per day or production:
The little sun solar lamp reduce financial bills since it is bought once and no need to by paraffin or candles for lighting. This helps the family to save money to be used for other domestic needs. It helps in preventing indoor pollution related diseases like lungs diseases and eye problems. It also helps in reducing accidents caused by kerosene lamps and candles in the homes. It is environment friendly as there is no release of CO2/kWh emission. Hence making the lamp to be technically proven, environment friendly and economically better.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
The lamp is very cheap compared to the price and the buying of paraffin on daily bases. The lamp costs 35,000 UGX (10 USD).
The lamp has 2 year warranty, the battery will last up to 5 years when used daily.
Maintenance needed:
The lamp should not be left under rain. Put the lamp in the sunlight for charging.
Resources needed in use:
Sun light for charging, the panel, LED and the battery are all inbuilt.
Problems and limits:
The lifetime of the battery reduces with time and mostly when not charged for at least 8 hours on the first use. The initial investment is somehow high which may limit the low-income households from accessing it.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
JEEP is promoting these lamps in many districts of Uganda. So far 7552 lamps have been distributed. This solar lamp is designed in Germany manufactured in China then airlifted to Uganda. In Uganda it can be accessed at JEEP folkecenter.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
Needs a skilled personnel to produce. Maintenance and use does not need any skills.
How to use it:
Not relevant
How to maintain it:
Not relevant
Climate effect (if any):
Environmentally friendly since there is no emission of carbon. Solar lamps are environmentally friendly since it involves use of 100% natural radiation from the sun. The lamp reduces carbon emissions to the atmosphere in cases where kerosene lamps are used hence conserving the environment. It is simple, reliable and safe to the person operating it. It is also energy efficient.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
It is effectively used in off-grid, rural, and peri-urban areas for home use in Uganda. Around 7,552 households are using the lamp in Uganda.
Why is it successful?
It is efficient and can be operated easily, It has greatly contributed to reduction of accident and deaths in homes, improved health and increased productive hours since the family all the family can use it at the same time doing different activities.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
Needs a skilled personnel to make.
How to make it (if possible):
Not relevant
How is it delivered and by whom?
Business model for the little sun solar lamp is procuring the solar and selling them to the end users. This lamp is tested by Uganda National Bureau of Standards and can be purchased by any person in Uganda. The lamp can be accessed from JEEP Folkecenter in Uganda.
Successful financial model
Support from donor agencies and other development partners by providing these lamps at a subsidiased price.
What policies and strategies helped the success?
Government programs implemented by different ministries, for example the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Ministry of Water and Environment are conducting training of communities on the benefits of solar energy. Training and advocacy in communities on positive attitude toward environmental conservation. The government, through the Ministry of Health, is encouraging promotion of solar in off grid, peri-urban and rural areas. There are many solar subsidies and tax waives, which have been put in place through the Uganda revenue authority.
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Support from donor agencies and other development partners by providing these lamps at a subsidiary price.
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