Haiti is the only country in the Western Hemisphere where most of the population does not have reliable electricity. Understanding this situation, Haiti Development Studies Center's (HDSC) research staff has been working on affordable solutions for household solar energy.
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Tohono O’odham Nation
Thanks to SLICE projects in the College of Engineering, residents of a Native American Reservation in Arizona now have access to running water and solar-generated electricity.
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Students helped installed a solar PV system in a trade school that receives at-risk youth who left traditional academic schools looking for alternative trade skill training. This system helped reduce operating costs at the school, allowing the institute to utilize those funds to support educational programs.
Since 1997, UMass Lowell has been participating in a Village Empowerment project with the communities surrounding the city of Huarmey, in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The project has included the installation of solar PV power stations in several mountain communities. The electricity has been used to power vaccine refrigerators, lights in the medical posts, and radios for communication.
UMass Lowell students helped to install a solar PV system capable of providing 5kW of electricity to a school near Sosua in the Dominican Republic, where the students had a chance to learn about the potential for solar PV technology to reduce energy poverty and create economic opportunity.