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UMass Lowell Professor, Bob Giles poses with three Haitian teens while holding solar panels.

Energy Equality: Affordable Solar Power

Haiti is the only country in the Western Hemisphere where most of the population does not have reliable electricity.

 Poverty and lack of infrastructure mean limited access to electricity, and a population that must rely on charcoal to cook their daily meals.

Poverty and lack of infrastructure mean limited access to electricity, and a population that must rely on charcoal to cook their daily meals.

The residential neighborhoods in Les Cayes tied to the city grid receive power for less than 25% of the day. Understanding this situation, HDSC’s research staff has been working on affordable solutions for household solar energy.

The objective is to create an affordable solar unit for charging electronics such as cell phones as well as provide low-level interior lighting.