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Solar Lanterns and Solar Home Systems

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Solar lanterns and solar home systems are consumer products that provide lower-tier access to electricity. Their sales have grown rapidly, exceeding 20 million units per year worldwide. Solar lanterns, also known as “pico solar,” use small solar cells or panels and batteries to provide several hours of LED-based lighting each night. Some can charge mobile phones. Solar home systems can power several lights and even small appliances. This chapter describes the basic features and design of solar lanterns and solar home systems, as well as the business models that have allowed them to rapidly proliferate in recent years.

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    Mobile money is common in developing countries. It is a payment service platform that enables individuals to transfer and receive money using mobile phones.

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Louie, H. (2018). Solar Lanterns and Solar Home Systems. In: Off-Grid Electrical Systems in Developing Countries. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91890-7_13

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