A Denver-based company is working to develop solar products that could end the use of polluting fuels used for light and heat around the world, and most importantly, are affordable to the communities that need them.
Millions of people around the world live without connection to a reliable source of electricity. This means no television, no modern appliances, and most importantly, no light.
Instead, many burn wood, candles, charcoal, or kerosene indoors just to be able to eat their dinner. These fuels are unsustainable, dangerous for indoor use, and detrimental when inhaled over a long period of time.
Nokero (short for No Kerosene) is the first to develop and market a solar light bulb: a compact, flexible lantern that can be held, hung, or placed on a shelf to create hours of clean, renewable light.
In most countries, the Nokero N200 pays for itself in 15 days to 2 months by eliminating the need for expensive candles or kerosene. It combines the best in solar and LED technology with a clear globe made from the same shatter-resistant polycarbonate used in car headlights. The battery will last for 1.5 years, and can be replaced to extend the bulb's life even longer.
Nokero is involved with organizations like C.U.R.E. to help bring solar light bulbs to people who might otherwise suffer the terrible health effects of burning fuels for light. Most recently, the company partnered with Elephant Energy to distribute solar products to the over 18,000 members of the Navajo Nation currently living off-grid in southwest America.