Project location: Humla, Nepal
Funding: £74,765
Year / duration: 2009 / 3 Years
Partner: The Nepal Trust

Humla is the highest, most remote and most northerly region of Nepal. Its inaccessibility means that the vast majority of people live with no electricity and will probably never be connected to the grid. To address this, dozens of solar, microhydro and wind power installations have been established in the region to bring light and heat to people’s homes.

Although renewables hold the promise of a practical, clean and cheap energy solution, there is a serious lack of local skills to maintain, repair and operate the devices. Many no longer work or are not fully functioning, putting the long term success of harnessing clean energy at risk.

In 2009, TRAID provided a grant to the Nepal Trust to carry out an integrated approach to technical maintenance by establishing the Clean Energy Workshop – a fully equipped hub to train and employ local people to repair, maintain and operate renewable energy devices in their communities.

It is estimated that the lives of 44,000 people will benefit from the workshop by providing employment, power for food production, hot water, improved sanitation and an alternative to the use of harmful kerosene lamps. At the end of the project, the workshop will be handed over to the community with the support of the Nepal Trust in a model that combines development with social enterprise rather than dependency.

Key Outcomes

  • Maintaining power and lighting for schools, monasteries and health facilities
  • Providing power for food grinders, grain mills and saw mills stimulating income generation
  • Hot water
  • Creating local employment
  • Equipping local people with training and skills to maintain community projects
  • Supporting improved food production