Students: Nicolas Adami‐Sampson, WPI; Norma Bachman, WPI; Deepika Chaudhry, IIT; Kisna Mahajan, IIT; Benjamin McMorran, WPI.
Advisors: Dr. Kunal Ghosh, IIT; Dr. Aditi Halder, IIT; Dr. Stephen McCauley, WPI; Dr. Ingrid Shockey, WPI.
Solar street lights are installed throughout Himachal Pradesh, India to promote small‐scale solar, but many are broken. We disassembled lights and conducted interviews with residents and experts to understand the relevant factors, inding that the street light program suffers from inadequate maintenance and that solar is often not the best lighting choice. Finally, we piloted a training program for residents to perform light diagnosis and developed an appropriate technology rubric for selecting evening lighting solutions for Mandi’s slums.
Our research led us to a broader understanding of the issues surrounding solar street lights in Himachal Pradesh and a realization that solutions to the true problem of evening lighting may lie outside solar technologies. We developed three key project outcomes:
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