Worldwide, 1.6 billion people do not have access to electric. As stated by UN-Energy, this energy divide, "entrenches poverty, constrains the delivery of social services, limits opportunities for women, and erodes environmental sustainability at the local, national, and global levels." (1)
Education is fundamental to development and growth. It serves as an invaluable tool which, with the potential of the student, makes all development achievements possible. Unreliable and costly energy is a problem which directly inhibits the quality of education by demanding a large portion of the schools financial resources and not properly facilitating the students' learning demands.
Solar energy relies on the abundant supply of sunlight and because it's renewable, once installed, it eliminates any future energy bill and allows a consistent and continued flow of electricity. With the implementation of solar energy, schools can put money, which would have once been spent on energy, towards other school funds. This can include the addition of teachers, books or the internet; all of which will greatly enhance a students' education. With a reliable and cost-efficient source of energy implemented in schools, students' educational development will reach newer and higher standards and ultimately aid in bringing their communities out of poverty.
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1. UN-Energy, The Energy Challenge for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (New York:2005), p. 2.