I'm extremely excited to announce that I've been selected to join Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) this October, wherein I'll be part of a team comprising 20 people, chosen from across the world to accomplish the noble cause of providing electricity to the remotest villages in Ladakh, by installing solar micro-grids.
About Global Himalayan expedition (GHE) :
It is an impact venture that focuses on providing clean energy, education access and wireless connectivity to remote off-grid Himalayan villages through solar power.
These villages are located at an average altitude of 12,000 feet above sea level and at a trek of 2-3 days from nearest motorable road.
GHE’s objective is to implement technological solutions in a sustainable, scalable, and environmentally beneficial manner, leading to an overall development of the community while empowering the local village's population.
- GHE has till date electrified 55 villages since it began with its pilot model of DC-based electrification in 2014.
- Installed a total of 257 micro-grids with a total capacity of 41.8 kW.
- GHE has created 20 home-stays for tourists in the villages that have been electrified.
- There has been an increase in income of approximately $44,000 across the 25 villages electrified through engagement in tourism in 2017.
- GHE has also trained 35 villagers as entry-level solar grid technicians.
- GHE has indirectly and directly employed 70 villagers to assist in its expeditions, village surveys, and the solar grid installations. Of this number, 15 have been women who are leading home-stay related activities.
- Saved approximately 103 tons of Kerosene on an annual basis and helped mitigate 256 tons of CO2 gases on an annual basis from these solar electrified villages.
Details of Village to be electrified :
Sriyoul is a historic village located at an altitude of 3400 meter in the Changthang valley of Ladakh.
There are around 12 Households, a middle school and a community center in the village with a total population of 145 approximately.
The village has no access to basic necessities – education, nutrition, employment, sanitation, connectivity and much more.
They rely on kerosene lamps during dark and women resort to unclean fuels for cooking which deteriorates their health significantly.
As part of the expedition, we will be electrifying the village by setting up Solar micro-grids of different capacities such as 250W, 100W etc.
This will cater to indoor and outdoor LED lighting for the village.
Mission Cost :
To accomplish this mission I need financial support to participate in the process and contribute towards expenses of installing solar micro-grids.
Total expedition cost is $3200 i.e. INR. 2,24,000 per participant (which include 25% material cost and 75% cost of survey, expedition, and installation).
I hope to solicit your cooperation in lighting up people's life.
- Exclusive documentary by National Geographic – ‘Power to the People’ ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHyETkC8O7g&feature=youtu.be )
- Featured as one of the ‘Breakthrough Technologies’ in the present world
- Exclusive documentary by NDTV - ‘Lighting the Himalayas’ ( http://www.ndtv.com/special/lighting-the-himalayas-843556 )
- Invited to speak at Clean Energy Forum, Manila by Asian Development Bank
- Invited to demonstrate technological model at the prestigious Future Energy Expo 2017, Astana in Kazakhstan
- Finalist in Impact Tourism category at World Tourism Forum, Lucerne
- Partnered with GE, Infosys and Welspun to carry out Leadership Expeditions ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al6sMawNLTg )
- Featured by most global agencies : Huff Post, Financial Express, Global Times
- Other Partners : IEEE, World Economic Forum, Indus University, Woodland, Rotary International, 2041