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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.

Developing Countries

More than 1.3 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity and UMass Lowell is working to reduce that number through the following projects and initiatives.

Addressing Global Energy Inequality

UMass Lowell Professor and Director of the Haiti Development Studies Center teaches schoolchildren in Les Cayes, Haiti, how to build a simple telescope out of cardboard tubes and lenses as part of the Haiti Development Studies Center’s astronomy education outreach.

Haiti

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.

Learn More About The HDSC

Thanks to SLICE projects in the College of Engineering, residents of an Arizona Native American Reservation now have access to running water and solar-generated electricity.

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.

Learn More About SLICE

<p>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.</p>

Village Empowerment Peru Project

Honduras

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.

UMass Lowell students and Loyola Electrical Students installing PV modules on a roof in a developing country.

Installing a solar PV system in Honduras

Peru

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.

School age children in the Dominican Republish pose for a group photo.

Dominican Republic

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.