Solar water heaters growing in power-hungry Burkina Faso

September 28, 2008
two solar panels in Tanghin Dassouri
A man stands by a solar panel feeding power to a water heater on a roof on September 6, 2008 in Ouagadougou.With the country's electricity grid reaching only 12 percent of all households, the sun provides a powerful alternative source of energy.

A solar panel lies on the roof of Pierre Guissou's home in Burkina Faso, feeding power to his water heater and allowing his family to take precious hot showers in a country where most homes lack electricity.

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