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Nothing Design's Solar Trees Light Streets in Angkor Wat in Cambodia

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Oct 12, 2010   Updated: Aug 16 2011 • References: scottburnham and worldchanging
Nothing Design's solar trees are solar-powered street lights that have been installed in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The solar trees provide public lighting and increase night-time safety for residents and visitors.

The concept for Nothing Design's solar trees was realized in partnership with Asiana Airlines and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Because Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is popular with tourists. Nighttime lighting has made the area more fun for tourists and increased business income.

Implications - Nothing Design's solar trees caused tourists to explore nearby areas quite a bit more. As a result of this increased exploration, markets started popping and many people have been generating a second income. This is really a great concept with many secondary benefits.