GSEP distributes more solar home systems in Nepal

February 3, 2014

The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), in partnership with the Global BrightLight Foundation (GBLF), held a ceremony in the Pyuthan District of Nepal this weekend to mark the distribution of solar home systems in Nepal. To date, a total of 5,000 solar home systems have been distributed across Nepal as part of GSEP’s commitment to the UN SE4ALL initiative.

Together with our local partner, the Nepalese government’s Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), lamps were distributed to local residents in Pyuthan throughout the weekend. The ceremony was attended by approximately 1,000 villagers, as well as AEPC’s Executive Director and Assistant Director, the District’s Energy and Environment Officer and Development Engineer, the Director of LS Solar Asia, and the Mandawi Rural Development Organization, a local NGO.

During the ceremony, Dr. Govind Pokharel, AEPC’s Executive Director, thanked GSEP and GBLF for their support of Nepal’s rural poor. Niraj Subedi, an alumni of GSEP’s scholarship program and local manager of GSEP’s completed Nepal Energy for Education Project, expressed, on behalf of GSEP and GBLF, an appreciation for AEPC’s collaboration in the program. The ceremony attracted local radio coverage, as well as features in the local dailies.

The distribution of solar home systems in Nepal helps bring GSEP closer to its goal of providing 50,000 solar lanterns across energy-poor communities in developing countries through a pay-as-you-go program to ensure the beneficiaries take ownership and responsibility for the lamps and their care.