Since many of the people at risk of malaria live in communities without electricity (almost 75 percent of Africa’s people live without access to electricity), it is important to have a way to power the fan and light consoles using “alternative” energy sources. The most economical way to do that is by using energy from the sun.
Each of the houses participating in the Boko Project receive a solar system that includes a solar panel and battery to power the fan and lights that are placed inside the mosquito nets. We have discovered that for very little extra cost, we can also add LED lights for the house so that people can cook, read, and live in a house with a sufficient amount of light. Currently, many people who live where there is no electricity use candles or kerosene lamps for their lights.