MANILA — In the April 2 episode of “Future Perfect,” executive director of MyShelter Foundation Illac Diaz explained how he developed a solar night light using an old plastic bottle, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes and some other items that are readily available in the country.
Because they didn’t have to wait for materials to come from other countries, Diaz and his group were able to install 3,000 “Liter of Light” units in communities in Cebu, Bohol and Tacloban within a 40-day period.
Diaz explained that this is not only a back-up lighting system, but a livelihood as well. This project won in a campaign held by Philips Lighting last October.
He stressed that a Liter of Light is not a product, but a skills-building movement.
“When we installed the lights, we taught people how to make it. It becomes a livelihood, and eventually we can have an army of people who can make solar lights,” he explained.
A standard streetlight using Diaz’ invention will only cost around P3,000.
Diaz, through his foundation, also hopes to establish solar villages, or villages that produce these products using local parts, making them easy to repair.