Philips' solar lighting kit for Africa criticised

5th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders says the Philips’ solar lighting kits developed for Ghanaians are too expensive.

5 September 2008

GHANA -- Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders plans to take Philips to task over solar lighting kits being marketed in Ghana. The kits are proving popular in the countryside but are too expensive for many Ghanaians as they cost EUR 75.

Despite the Dutch ministry setting up a credit scheme for the kits, many people are still being put off by the purchase cost. Koenders who is on a working visit to Ghana says more people would take part in the scheme if Philips were to manufacture a cheaper alternative.

The kits are the result of a joint project between Philips and the development cooperation ministry. They are designed to supply a sustainable source of light for 10 million people in Africa.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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