Productivity & Innovation

The Benefits of Solar Technology Adoption for Street Vendors in Bihar

  • Blog Post Date 31 January, 2015
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David Szakonyi

George Washington University

dszakonyi@email.gwu.edu

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Johannes Urpelainen

Johns Hopkins University

JohannesU@jhu.edu

This project evaluates the socio-economic impact of distributing solar lighting to street vendors in urban Bihar, in collaboration with a local civil society organization (NIDAN).  The findings of the project  showed that vendors are forced to choose between inadequate lighting and expensive power from diesel generators operated by local entrepreneurs. Vendors consider improved lighting a top priority and believe that improved lighting could expand their business and attract customers.

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