Last edited: 7 January 2013      

Successful solar cooking is dependent upon access to sunshine and the right climate. Though solar cooking is possible in many — if not most — countries, it is most practical for people living in climates that are generally dry and sunny for at least six months of the year. Latitudes between the equator and 40 degrees north or south latitude are usually best, though solar cooking temperate zones is possible, even in the winter. Ongoing development of more efficient models continues to push practicality further from the equator.

The darker regions on the following map tend to have longer cooking seasons:


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Countries with highest potential

Solar Cookers International has compiled a list of twenty countries with the highest potential for solar cooking. Criteria for this ranking include annual average sunlight, cooking fuel scarcity and population size. Of the estimated 500 million people who have abundant sunshine and suffer from fuel scarcity, 85% of them live in just 10 countries.

  1. India
  2. China
  3. Pakistan
  4. Ethiopia
  5. Nigeria
  6. Uganda
  7. Sudan
  8. Afghanistan
  9. Tanzania
  10. South Africa
  11. Niger
  12. Somalia
  13. Brazil
  14. Kenya
  15. Nepal
  16. Mozambique
  17. Burkina Faso
  18. Madagascar
  19. Malawi
  20. Zimbabwe
  21. United States of America
  22. Sri Lanka
  23. Eritrea
  24. Dominican Republic
  25. Zambia

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