Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas

by The Nepal Trust


This project will provide support, repair and maintenance services through a dedicated Service Centre for the renewable energy schemes built by the Nepal Trust and other agencies. NW Nepal is very remote and support facilities non-existent so when systems break down or require servicing local communities have no easy access to specialised services. The Service Centre will create a platform, by maintaining energy systems, to sustain local infrastructure.
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NW Nepal will most likely never be connected to the national grid. The Nepal Trust and others have built over 20 micro-hydro schemes and dozens of solar schemes in the district which is planned to double over the next decade. Recent surveys have shown that many are in a poor state of repair or even non-functional due to the need for repairs and servicing. The heart of the problem is the lack of a local support infrastructure.


The planned Service Centre will facilitate the local maintenance of existing and future installations and offer much needed electrical, mechanical and related services. it will provide the means for local communities to benefit from clean energy technologies and to benefit from the consequent employment and business opportunities that develop alongside. The Service Centre will create a platform, by maintaining energy systems, to sustain local infrastructure.

Long-Term Impact

The direct benefits include: Improved availability of power and light; local training skills and improved confidence; create local employment; support improved mechanical, electrical and plumbing activities; provide sustained power for food grinders, grain and saw mills, oil extraction, etc; maintain power and lighting for schools (approx. 60), tourist lodges, tea houses and other public facilities. Reduced consumption of firewood will improve the environment and improve women's live.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).



Organization Information

The Nepal Trust

Location: Glasgow, Scotland - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tony Sharpe
Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom

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