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Remote Himalayan village in Ladakh gets electricity for the first time

Solar Nano-Grid Technology has become a new ray of hope for the remote areas in the border town of Kargil in Ladakh region where many un-electrified villages are now electrified for the past two years. It would become extremely difficult to even imagine a life without electricity in the current era. To the date there are many villages in the Ladakh regions which remain in darkness with no grid based electricity. One of those villages was Shadey located in Lungnak block of Zanskar, which is not even accessible by roads. But, it is the latest addition to the list of villages, which have been electrified by volunteers from Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), who has represented 13 different countries.

Shadey was introduced to electricity on July 17 by a team of GHE. It took four days for the team to reach the village after trekking 90 kms. Shadey is one of the most remote village in Zanskar and perhaps even the most remote village in Ladakh. The village is not even connected by roads and the nearest motor-able road head is at Anmu village, which is a three day trek away from Shadey. The village consists of 13 households and a population of around 90 to 100 people. The village has never received any grid based electricity till date. The villagers have been using solar home lightning system and kerosene oil lamps. Winter cuts off the village from the outer world for about six to seven months. There is only one satellite phone which was installed in 2013 and remains the only mean of communication between the village and outside world. Helicopter is the only source to reach the village in case there is any emergency.

Even the solar home lightning systems and solar lanterns were provided to the village by the government agencies some years back. However it had not been adequate to meet the lightning needs of the household. The installation of the of a DC Solar Nanogrid in the village by a team from GHE is a boon for the villagers who can now enjoy 12 hours of indoor and outdoor lightning. A total of 110 of custom designed DC LED lights were installed in the village and each household received an average of six LED lights. The village itself has been lit by five power-efficient LED streetlights. The villagers will not have to stumble around in the darkness and children can play outside till late in the evening. Some of the households now plan to purchase DC LED HDTV, which will allow them to gain better awareness and remain updated on world affairs through satellite dish. A DC LED HDTV has also installed for the community by the GHE team.

The DC Solar Nanogrid technology is not only an affordable technology but also risk-free as it runs on 24V DC power. This can be setup easily and run appliances such as LED lights, LED streetlights, USB mobile chargers and LED HDTVs. It provides a sustainable solution for remote villages such as Shadey and a viable alternative to grid-based electricity.

The success of the project was appreciated by Kacho Ahmad Khan, Director of Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil. GHE in collaboration with KREDA has electrified Lankerchey Brok, Itchu, Phuktal Gonpa, Bodh Kharboo Foo and Stakchey Brok villages using the same technology. (UNI)


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