I’m about to embark on an extremely exciting adventure. I’m selected to be part of a team that will electrify Tyokma, a remote village in the Himalayan region of Ladakh that doesn’t have electricity. And hold on, it gets better: We’re installing a solar microgrid. Which means that it isn’t just development, it’s sustainable development.
I’m going to be a part of the Climate Action Expedition 2019 organised by the Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE). GHE focuses on providing renewable energy access to remote off-grid communities. They have electrified over 90 villages in the Ladakh region now, through installation of solar microgrids. Solar microgrids consist of a grid of solar panels and batteries that enable the village to self-sustain and be independent of the larger electric grid in the region.
The currently used source of energy in villages like these has been kerosene, which not only poses negative effects on health but also has a severe adverse effect on the environment. Provision of clean energy can help offset 12 tons of Carbon dioxide emissions for a village of 100 homes, annually. Moreover, the electrification of each of these villages can help lift several homes out of poverty through enabling education, creation of livelihoods and empowerment of the local communities.
This July, with your help, I’m going make an effort to bring light to this village. I’ve also decided to plant a tree for every person that helps fund this expedition, because a little green support can go a long way.
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Sending lots of love, gratitude and good green vibes your way,
For more information on the kind of work that GHE does, watch this short film.
For more information on the benefits of solar microgrids, read this.
For more reasons as to why you should donate, watch the movie Swades.