Gham Power develops solar microgrids and commercial off-grid systems in developing countries. We started in Nepal in 2010, and have deployed over 600 projects including large industries, small businesses, and hundreds of households.
About 1.3 billion people, 20% of world population, do not have access to electricity. Most are in developing countries, where even those with access to electricity do not get it reliably, due to blackouts and brownouts. For example, 7 million people (24% of population) in Nepal live without any access to electricity, mostly in rural areas using kerosene lamps for lighting, paying costs as high as $5/kWh. The remaining 21 million people are grid-connected, but face a 500 MW energy deficit, with 16+ hours of daily blackouts. Many businesses run diesel generators for backup (531 mW privately owned), but they still suffer from increasing fuel costs and frequent shortages. They all need a power source more reliable and affordable than diesel.
To help address this, we focus on developing projects that are great fits for pay-as-you-go models – Rural Microgrids, Commercial and Industrial (C&I) systems, and Productive End Use (PEU) Systems.
Our Microgrids serve communities with 20 or more households and businesses, where each customer gets their own electrical hookup and you can pay-as-you-go for the electricity you use, making it extremely affordable with no upfront costs.
Our Commercial Systems add solar to existing diesel generators at hospitals, factories and businesses, substantially reducing fuel consumption and backup power costs.
Productive End Use (PEU) projects power appliances like rice/seed-grinding mills, dairy, cold storage, mobile banking, and telemedicine.
To scale our work, we are developing a project aggregation platform that helps develop off-grid projects using standard templates for technology design, financing structure, and running operations. This way, we can extend the platform to other developers and EPC’s, and build large-size investment funds by aggregating standardized projects developed by multiple sources. We have already developed a significant project pipeline leveraging this platform , and we are seeking project financing (3 rural microgrid projects already funded by ADB and DOEN foundation).
The project portfolios are funded directly by our local banking partner and international investment partners. Gham Power takes complete ownership of installing the systems for all these projects, and also the ongoing service and monitoring to ensure high quality. This way, we can provide solar electricity to our customers at very affordable rates, without high upfront cost of solar installation, and ongoing operations and maintenance.