Situated in the Far Western part of Nepal, a landlocked country in South Asia, Achham district has wonderful formation of Himalayan ranges, beautiful landscape, enthralling heritages, religious and spiritual amenities. Far western Nepal is a favorite destination for those willing to get nestled in the laps of the wonders of nature and yet to be entertained with modern amenities. The presence of picturesque natural settings, cultural diversity, and intact ancient human civilization are the center of attraction. Apart from the natural bewitching character of the region, the hospitable persona of the locals is highly adorable. Despite such beauties, inaccessibility of basic services has been a major hindrance in the development of this region. Lack of fundamental health services, education, electricity, communication and road network are the main obstacles in the far western development region which has been a habitat of people of different religion, castes and culture.
Nepal is in the grip of electricity crisis. It is hard to believe that the country with hydropower generation potential of over 83,000 MW witnesses power cut for 16 hours during the month of January, February and March. At present mere 0.75 percent (i.e. 619 MW) of its total generation capacity is exploited. The world is changing rapidly from the old age to modern age where things which were not even thought earlier have become vital necessities of our life. Now we cannot imagine life without electricity. Everything depends on it actually. We find ourselves completely paralyzed whenever there is no power supply. Nowadays electricity provides all comforts of life and the life would be completely different in the absence of it. There would be no exaggeration in saying, “where there is light, there is life”.
Achham district with a population of over 2.5 Lakhs (2011), has been no exception to the above. People are living their life in darkness and struggling in every aspects of their daily life without electricity. Due to no electricity this region had lagged behind in basic infrastructures such as health, education, communication, transportation, lightning etc. Justifying the saying, “where there is will, there is way”, Ghampower Pvt. Ltd. has emerged as rescuer to the above difficulties of the people of this region. It has lighten the life of people of Achham by bringing them out of darkness and live life with modern amenities. As we say, “Single smile can change the world”. Likewise, Ghampower has also sprayed happiness in the people of Achham district. Ghampower has installed a Nano grid in far west rural area of Nepal and distributed the solar energy with 600 watt solar power to 26 houses in the village to power the lights, mobile charger and TV in the village. Solar Nano Grid is a low cost innovative technology in which individual houses within a densely settled cluster of 25-30 houses. It is Pay As You Go Model. Monthly tariffs we raise helps for operation and maintenance cost and pay off the system cost. Local people can also invest in a Nano grid system and can participate in lightning other rural parts of the Nepal with no electricity access.
Nano grids are the centralized DC System typically set up to power the clusters of communities for lights, mobile chargers and television. A typical community consists of 25-30 households and each pays a monthly charge. Access to energy at household and community level at affordable prices and mission is to improve the daily lives of children and adults by providing clean and healthy lighting. Nano grid also help entrepreneurs to scale up their business and side by side serve the local community to expand the economy.
Providing light to the village was amazing and we feel that this project will encourage us to do something meaningful, expanding this services to other remote areas that will help to make lives better. People in Mangalsen, Achham, need not worry about dark days anymore. The electricity helps village businesses to run smoothly without any obstacles, tighten social security and most importantly the children have got access to better and continuous education.
A local of 68 years had said, “Bijuli dekhne sapna pura bhayo, Ghampower lai dhannyabad”. Others said, electricity has opened up a whole new world for us. Earlier we had to use kerosene lamp or burnt firewood for light, smoke of which affected the children health and the eyesight. The escalating price of kerosene made it out of reach forcing us to live in darkness. Now we watch television, charge mobile phones and use bulbs for lightening. This has made me and rest of the village happy that our children have a secure future and access to the world of opportunities.