Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A bright idea: Gazans use car batteries to power homes

MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad

As the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip remains strict and intact affecting main aspects of life such as electricity and fuel, Gaza's residents continue to find creative solutions to problems caused by the siege.

Palestinian electrician Hassan Saeed did his best to develop a lighting circuit to illuminate the streets of his quarter in Al-Shejaea neighbourhood to the east of the Gaza Strip.

Saeed can use old car batteries, which maintain very little electricity, to light two 500 metre streets and 60 homes using LED panel lights.

The LED lights do not consume much electricity and the car batteries are used eight hours a day when the electricity supply cuts.

Supported by individual donations, Saeed can cover the cost of the necessary wires and LED panels. Some people offered him technical support and advice that helped in completing and maintaining his "plant". more


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