Ladakh region is a high-altitude desert in the Northern part of India. It’s dubbed as the “The Land of High passes” and a home to over 3000 villages, most of which do not have electricity. The topography of the region makes it inaccessible for 6 months or more a year. The extreme weather conditions, high-altitude and the dispersed population in the region, makes it challenging for the locals to have access to basic utilities. These conditions force the locals to forage for wood or use kerosene, diesel as a source of energy. The short-term & long-term effects of using such power sources have a negative impact on the health, social and economic well-being of the locals inhabiting the region.
GHE is a platform created to provide a sustainable development to rural Himalayan communities and help impact remote off-grid villages. I’m grateful to be selected for the Future Leaders Expedition and be a part of a diverse global team to electrify a remote village in the Ladakh region. Our mission is to set-up a solar micro-grid in Tyokma village in Zanskar valley, powering the village entirely by harnessing the abundant solar energy available in the region. This includes setting up basic lighting and charging provisions for small appliances.
Studies have shown that by tapping into the solar energy could off-set 12 tons of Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per village of a 100 households a year. Along with a positive impact on the environmental aspect, a continuous supply of clean energy would provide more opportunities for income generation and education. The women and children of these villages would benefit as they would have more time to engage themselves in traditional handicrafts, wool weaving and studying respectively.
GHE 2019’s expedition cost is INR 2,00,000/- per participant:
- Solar Panels, Batteries, Charge Controllers, Basic wiring and lighting (40%)
- Survey, logistics of equipment and installation (25%)
- Maintenance & Training (15%)
- Round-trip Trek from Leh to Tyokma (20%)
- *Other costs such as Transportation to/from Leh, food and trekking equipment are all borne by me.
For more information, visit: http://www.ghe.co.in/index.html
National Geographic made a documentary on the last year's expedition: https://youtu.be/sb2swia1oxI
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