Philips lights up rural African football pitches

Philips has pledged to put 100 solar-powered “light centres” in rural African communities by 2015. Some 1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. Philips says the idea is […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Philips has pledged to put 100 solar-powered “light centres” in rural African communities by 2015.

Some 1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. Philips says the idea is to create areas of light for communities which live without electricity and giving people more opportunities for sports like football and other activities including healthcare, education and commerce.

The areas will be roughly 1000m2 or the size of a small football pitch and will be lit using four solar powered LED lights which use less power than a 60 watt light bulb.

Some of the light centres have already been built in Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa under the lightbulb manufacturer’s €1.2million (£0.9m) project.