Solar energy is available everywhere and to everyone. Last year, the Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) successfully installed a solar power grid in Shade, the remotest village of the Zanskar valley in the Himalayas.
The village of Shade, which is home to a total of 11 families and about 70 residents, is not the easiest journey. It takes around seven days to trek from the last motorable road to Shade.
GHE is a social impact enterprise focused on creating tangible change in the remote Himalayan communities. The organisation aims to install sustainable and scalable solar power for the rural population of the Himalayan ranges.
The great Himalayan ranges continue to bear the effects of climate change including longer summers, heavy rainfall, floods, droughts and soaring temperatures.
Almost 3,000 Himalayan villages are based above an altitude of 13,000 ft, which means they remain cut-off from the world for over half a year.
The Lyungnak valley of Ladakh, which is also home to the 2,500-year-old Phugtal Monastery and the remotest village of Zanskar Shade, has witnessed several crises due to climate change in the last few years.
At an altitude of 14,300 feet, a team of highly motivated changemakers, from several corners of the world, endured some of the steepest, most inhabitable mountain peaks to take on the task of installing sustainable and scalable solar power grids in the pristine hamlet of Shade.
GHE has held many other expeditions that involved successful installation of solar power in 10 off-grid Himalayan villages located above an altitude of 12000 Feet. It is aiming to power up 30 more villages in the future.