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In the darkest reaches of Brazil's Amazon, solar panels are bringing light – and could help save the rainforest. Aurelio Souza is working to install solar panels in villages along the remote Purus and Ituxi rivers in the western Amazonas state.In tiny communities of the Ituxi nature reserve, west of the city of Labrea, small-scale farmers almost universally depend on noisy, smoky generators for light and refrigeration – and frequent trips to buy more fuel at higher than usual prices.At the community school in the Cassiana community, part of Medio Purus, night classes taught by satellite link have already become a whole lot more rewarding now that the generator is no longer needed.These might be small steps but innovation is the best bet for Brazilians in remote communities.
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