Faculty Advisor

McCauley, Stephen M.

Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.

Center

INDIA / India Projects Program

Abstract

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, finding 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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

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