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Community Light Centers Community Light Centers provide solarpowered lighting as an enabler of social and economic development in areas lacking reliable electricity in developing countries.

ENVIRONMENTAL According to Philips, more than 90% of the environmental impact of lighting occurs in the usage phase, a phase powered here by sunlight.

Philips’ Community Light Centers are areas dedicated to making a social and economic impact by enabling sports, education, rural healthcare, and extended hours of commercial activities. The areas measure 1,000 m2 (the size of a small soccer pitch) and are lit with a new generation of innovative, solar-powered LED lighting systems that provide light to enable life at a communal level after dark.

SOCIAL Enables development at a communal level of social activities such as sport, education, and healthcare.

Philips will create more than 100 of the centers across Africa over the next two years. Partnering with the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) to develop the concept further in Africa and South America, the project also has the backing of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

ECONOMIC Community Light Centers extend the day for economic activity, increasing employment. Furthermore, they offset the need for big investments in power grids.

Why a Sustainia100 solution? This solution offers the prospect of sustainable economic and social development at a communal level for parts of the world that suffer from energy poverty. It also involves a technology leap to the latest 21st century solutions, with a minimal carbon footprint.

Developed in the Netherlands, South Africa, China

Deployed in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt

“WE NOW HAVE A REALLY EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO HELP ENABLE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACROSS EMERGING MARKETS.” RONALD DE JONG, CHIEF MARKET LEADER AND MEMBER OF THE PHILIPS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Philips Community Light Centers enable social and economic development for communities currently living without electricity.

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