Do Well in School, Get a Solar Panel, Pakistani Students Told

In Pakistan's Punjab province a novel incentive scheme has been created for students moving from the 9th to the 10th class: Students scoring above 50% in the 9th class exams will be given a solar panel with sufficient power to run one fan and one light.

The International News (ht CleanTechnica) reports that the program is expected to cost Rs 4.44 billion ($46 million), to distribute some 300,000 solar panels by the end of this year.

More than the novelty of the program itself, it really gives you a sense of the scale of energy poverty around the world—we're talking a solar panel to power a single fan and a single light here.

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