My name is Fatin and I am currently doing a Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy and Environmental Modelling. This campaign is to fundraise for a solar micro-grid installation in the remote Himalayan communities of Ladakh, India where they don’t have access to electricity.
This is because the majority of the 72 million Indian population are below the poverty line. 70% are off grid of which, almost 50% are still without electricity with the highest solar insolation levels of 1250w/m2: perfect for solar energy projects. Also, these areas have limited roads, health centres, schools and connectivity but they do have sustainable lifestyles and a fragile ecosystem which is responsible for the world’s fresh water and biodiversity.
This summer, I will be part of a group joining the Global Himalayan Expedition, 2017, which is focused on providing clean energy, digital education and wireless connectivity to these areas through a solar micro-grid installation. This 250-500W solar DC-grid, will generate enough electricity to light up houses and to contribute to income across these villages through the engagement of tourists and will provide longer education hours, in addition to the mitigation of carbon emissions.
The Global Himalayan Expedition has been led by its founder, Paras Loomba, an Indian electrical engineer, since 2013. Since then, the GHE has succeeded in the following ways:
- Electrified 25 villages in the Upper Himalayan Valley of Ladakh, India
- Impacted 15,000 Himalayan lives
- Increase by approx. $30,000 of income across 14 villages which have been electrified
- Saved 62,900 litres of kerosene oil annually & mitigated 157 Tons of CO2 emissions.
- Set up 105 micro-grids, installed 3,700 LED lights and lit up 1,500 rooms
- All the micro-grid setups are community owned and follow a monthly rental model for maintenance and upgrading
- Trained 10 villagers into Entry Level Solar Grid Technicians
- GHE has designed its own DC LED bulbs (3W), DC solar street lights (20W) and DC LED TV (20W, 30W), DC computing devices (10W)
- GHE’s service centre has generated $3,500 revenue in four months, servicing installed micro-grids and also new installations for resorts
- Mountain Homestays initiative has generated $4,000 worth of revenue across 10 villages
This year, the targets are:
- To electrify 25 identified remote villages/hamlets in the Indian Himalayas by 2017
- Promote 100 Homestays for Tourists and Trekkers in electrified villages
- Set up 20 Himalayan Innovation Centres, promoting digital education
- Expand to different geographies across South Asia, Latin America, Central Asia and Africa
- Formalize energy access partnerships with African, South American and Asian Mountain Partners
There are many people in this world who have never even seen something as basic as a light bulb!
Please help me and those people if you can!
Find the donation link below. Any donation is much appreciated.