Energy for Economic Development
Using fossil fuel-based lighting system is unsustainable and expensive.
"According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, 15% of the twenty million households in the country use kerosene for lighting. The provinces of Tawi-Tawi, Masbate, Palawan, and Sulu have more than 50% of their households unelectrified and rely upon kerosene wick lamps as a means of lighting at night."
A typical family living on remote, unelectrified communities spend nearly as much as a third of their income on lighting. A significant portion that could have been spent on food, shelter, education or to operate a small business.
As viewed from the lens of a sound economic approach, the use of kerosene lamps, single-use batteries, or wax candles is far more expensive than utilizing renewable energy-based lightings such as solar PVs or pico-hydropower plants. For instance, LITD's Solar Home Lighting Systems (SHLS) could provide sustainable and clean energy for efficient lighting, cellular phone charging or operate a small radio for less than PHP 2.00 a day for 25 years. Having this amount invested in renewable-based energy is by no means comparable to the average cost of 2 wax candles at PHP 30.00 a day.