Philips provides 300 households in Rwanda with solar lighting

June 5, 2010

  • Philips to partner with United Nations for World Environment Day
  • Philips to bring meaningful sustainable lighting solutions to Africa as part of the Cairo-to-CapeTown Roadshow

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is to donate 300 solar lighting solutions to bring meaningful energy efficient solutions to Rwanda on the United Nations World Environment Day.


Philips is currently travelling on a 2-month roadshow across Africa to raise awareness for the opportunities of new solar-powered LED lighting. “We are proud to be partnering with the United Nations’ for the World Environment Programme.  As part of Philips’ broader drive to improve people’s lives, Philips is committed to making affordable, high-quality, energy efficient lighting available to areas where it is most needed. Solar powered lighting solutions can make a true difference for the people in Rwanda” says Mr. DP Smedema, CEO Philips Lighting Africa.



Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and United Nations Under-Secretary-General, said: “We are pleased to partner with Philips on this project. The solar powered lamps the schoolchildren and villagers across Rwanda will receive will help extend their day and will be of tremendous help to the community."
An estimated 560 million Africans have no effective lighting at night in Africa and is growing rapidly. In Africa, it goes dark all year round at about 6.30-7.00 pm and this darkness holds countries back socially and economically. Philips believes that access to sustainable solar lighting has the potential to strengthen Africa’s economic, social, educational and cultural activities in a life-changing way.


Philips has developed different solar lighting solutions to help Africans extend the day, including a small LED reading light that offers children the chance to do school homework at night or for adults to more easily follow evening classes. These lights are affordable and offer the potential for a major boost in literacy across the continent. Philips also developed the world's first solar-powered LED football floodlighting solution that enables people with little or no access to electricity to enjoy playing or watching sport long into the night and at the same time increases the safety outdoors. Solar lighting simply enhances life with light.


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