October 2

The Dark Side of Solar: How Off-Grid Products Are Creating Waste in Africa

By Kay Harrison

Household solar products are improving the quality of life for people living in developing nations. However, many off-grid solar products function for less than four years. When they fall into disrepair, they become part of the growing problem of solar e-waste, bringing the sector’s green credentials into question, says Scientia Associate Professor Paul Munro from UNSW’s School of Humanities & Languages.

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Source: TechXplore (link opens in a new window)

Energy, Technology, WASH
energy access, global development, off-grid energy, renewable energy, SDGs, solar, waste