Solar Cooking
Last edited: 30 November 2019      

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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See interactive map of known solar cooking projects

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. Brazil
13. Somalia

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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