Access to electricity - hot topic during this years Light event

One-fifth of the world’s population still lives without access to electricity.

This is something that Lights in Alingsås, TRINE and GP Batteries want to focus on.

This month you can visit TRINE’s container near Prinsparken i Alingsås (Highlight B) and see how you can help combat the world’s energy poverty.

When the whole of the town of Alingsås in Sweden is illuminated during the annual Lights in Alingsås festival, it is hard to grasp that 1.2 billion people in the world are completely without electricity.

“In this part of the world electricity is something we take for granted, but in large parts of the world this basic need is not met – and this has major consequences for those affected. It might mean that you cannot study after dark as you don’t have light, or you have to pay to charge your phone. These are just a couple of reasons why we want to stress the importance of the fact that more people in the world need access to clean, safe energy,” says Sam Manaberi, founder and Managing Director of TRINE.

Instead of using electricity for, for example, cooking, people use fuels like paraffin, diesel and charcoal. Sam Manaberi from TRINE describes how the use of charcoal to cook with can be compared with smoking two packets of cigarettes a day!

“But there are often simple, easy ways to raise living standards, not just for individual families but for whole communities. One way is to install solar energy. We know this is particularly effective in countries like Kenya and Tanzania, where the sun is strong and the need is great,” adds Sam.

He takes as an example Caroline Ouktoyi, a mother of five children in Harambee, Kenya, who apart from avoiding the risk to her health now also saves time and money by no longer having to worry about finding fuel.

It’s the countries of Kenya and Tanzania that are in the public eye during Lights in Alingsås – where this year visitors have the opportunity to invest in solar power. A refurbished container has been placed near Prinsparken where representatives from TRINE will be available to answer questions about how we can help.

The idea is that investors will help build up local solar energy businesses, which will allow the company to focus on essential energy provision for people in different countries.

“You can see this as a chance to invest in a more sustainable world, while at the same time having the chance to make a return when solar power companies start to grow,” says Sam Manaberi of TRINE.

GP Batteries are a major investor and partner in TRINE’S project.

“Our collaboration with TRINE is wholly in line with our vision of a more sustainable world and fits in well with our Green Investmentconcept,” says Stefan Rundéus of GP Batteries.

He goes on.

” Green investment is, among other things, about taking responsibility for things you can do, while at the same time making a difference to other people’s lives. For companies like ours that produce and supply consumer items it’s about always investing in products which are sustainable over time – in our case chargeable batteries and LED lights. In this way we give customers a better choice in the shops– a choice that is more convenient, cheaper in the long run and kinder to the environment. Besides that, part of the income from our products marked Green Investment go to projects run by TRINE, which helps make a sustainable future for us, our fellow men and women, and future generations. It’s quite simply an investment in our common future.”

Lights in Alingsås project leader Angelica Larsson is thinking along the same lines.

“ Every year we have 80,000 visitors who come to Alingsås to see it illuminated by the creative use of electricity .I believe that we and everyone who sees the fantastic installations also realise that in our access to what appears to be free electricity, we have an almost magical resource. When we realise that this is not something everyone can take for granted, we want to help. I really hope that visitors will take the opportunity to stop by the container to learn more.”

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