Not long before the Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) team pioneered the installation of a solar pico-grid in Tsering Dorjay’s village, Sumda Chenmo, he worked as a chef and trekking guide, making less than INR 12,000 per month for half the year. For months during the tourist season, he was away from his family. With the installation of the LED solar grid, the village experienced electricity for the very first time and Dorjay’s life took a turn for the better through his engagement with the GHE. He now works with the team on clean energy projects and makes INR22-25,000 per month.
Having fewer than 20 households, the village was not eligible for the government’s grid-based infrastructure development and electrification program. Its terrain and location only made the prospect of electricity bleaker. The village traditionally relied on kerosene lanterns, whose toxic fumes were detrimental to health.
Source: The Hindu
The arrival of solar power in the village has played an important role in shaping people’s livelihoods. They can now work late into the night, thus improving the quality of locally manufactured products. Trekkers are now opting for homestays in the village, where they can now charge their mobile phones and laptops, thus providing an additional, and much needed source of income, to the village.
Next came village Shingo, where villagers were initially skeptical about the solar power initiative. When the village was illuminated using renewable energy for the first time, a great celebration was underway, welcoming the expedition teams with delicious food and traditional silk scarves. Shingo, too, will experience extended working hours and additional income streams.
So far, the GHE team has helped illuminate 10 villages and is on their way to 47 more villages. The installation of 21pico-grids has helped transform 1,800 villagers’ lives.
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