In rural communities, the only way to have light is from candles, kerosine lamps, and battery-powered flashlights. Africa currently uses over 27.5 billion candles each year, at an estimated cost of $12 billion annually. Aside from the costs associated with candles, and the toxic byproducts from their use, this lighting method can be life-threatening. Candles often start fires, damaging homesteads, and taking lives. Solar power provides a safe means of lighting, without emitting dangerous chemicals, and a far less cost. Solar power and LEDs have a very meaningful place in African communities, saving money and saving lives.