Used plastic bottles that would normally be found in refuse dumps or otherwise are being more resourceful as it’s used as a device to create a new light and a better life for people. The ‘Solar light bottle’ is, therefore, an affordable, sustainable solution to light issues for many families.
The idea of this innovation, besides enhancing the lives of families with light while saving money and energy, is a positive step towards improving the future and health of the environment by significantly reducing plastic waste.
The Graduate Engineering Training Scheme (GETS), an initiative of the Energy Institute, in partnership with Liter of Light developed the system to provide alternative power supply to Makoko community in Lagos State.
The objective of the project is to train and empower young residents of the community to assemble and install units of affordable and sustainable solar lights bottles and charging units from locally sourced materials like discarded PET bottles.
Of the over 77 units produced, 32 had phone charging ports to serve dual purposes. The range of activities includes training of local residents, the conduct of an energy survey, collation of data, assembling and installation of the light devices in the community.
As part of a global service, Liter of Light Nigeria mass movement is dedicated to making the light affordable, and also very committed to the sustainability of solar light to the people with limited or no access to electricity through the project.