Globally, 1.3 billion people live without electricity. At night, they have to burn costly, dangerous, dirty fuels just to generate light. Enter Nokero. Its name a portmanteau word of “no kerosene,” Nokero manufactures solar products at prices that make them accessible to impoverished communities, and it works with nonprofits around the world to solve energy poverty.
Its N180 Start is a simple light bulb with a built-in solar charger, and, at $6, the Start quickly pays for itself. The N222 Huron solar light bulb offers up to 15 hours of light on one charge and has outlets to charge devices. Nokero also makes affordable solar-panel chargers and high-output bulbs designed with both recreation and emergency preparedness in mind. To learn more visit Nokero.
Thaddeus Christian is an editor with MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. Right at the moment he is up to his knees in chickens, babies, and news articles. Find him on Google+.