MIT brings electricity to Lesotho with solar panels, auto parts

Students at MIT have combined a parabolic solar panel with a generator that can be repaired with discarded auto parts to bring electricity to villages in Lesotho.

The system is sized to produce about 1 kilowatt of electricity. While that wouldn't go far in a U.S. household, it's a big change for the African nation, where only ten percent of the population has access to electricity. Heating water typically involves gathering firewood.

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