Sun Corps wrote -
After the deadly earthquake in Nepal, both relief workers and Nepalis desperately need basic power for lighting, charging phones, and powering relief work equipment. All your funds will go towards buying solar powered lights, charging kits, solar panels, components, and batteries from local suppliers. Your donations are tax deductible. Here is a live map of both the requests, and our actions.
A local solar company in Nepal, Gham Power, began donating solar lights and charging stations to relief workers, and to displaced individuals and families when the earthquake hit. They have reached out to other local solar companies that are willing to help. The Global Nepali Professional Network, a 501c3, has joined us in expanding our efforts, and that's where we need your help.
100% of your donations will go direct to solar power systems that we will provide to Nepalis and relief workers. Our goal is to raise $150,000 so we can immediately purchase available supplies from local solar companies in Nepal, and use them to provide basic power for lighting, and charging stations.
Gham Power has been working in Nepal since 2010 and has installed over 600 projects at sites like Maiti Nepal, a shelter for trafficked girls; Bayalpata Hospital; and EVK2, a research lab at Mount Everest base camp.
The Global Nepali Professional Network (GNPN) is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been working over a decade to foster entrepreneurship and networking among its members for technological progress of Nepal.
This is our first campaign, and we want to work with our communities and the global solar industry to rebuild Nepal with clean power, and a smart grid.
We have a system to track most incoming help requests for power. Each red marker indicates an open request, blue markers are requests assigned to a solar company, and green means completed. We need your help to turn all red markers into green. We'll share this map in our campaign updates.
In the near term (within 3-6 months), we will set up 1 to 2 kW solar power stations in rural villages that are not currently served by large relief organizations. These systems power heavier appliances necessary for relief, and rebuilding work (power tools, water pumps, water purifier kits, medical devices, small fridges, etc.), and will remain in place once relief work is over.
Long term, we want to support Nepal in rebuilding with a greener infrastructure. We want to accelerate the deployment of rural microgrids and help create a smart and distributed grid network in Nepal, which should serve as a reference model for disaster response and clean energy deployment.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
• Share this campaign with your friends, family and coworkers.
• Ask your company or organization to make a matching donation to our campaign.
• Get in touch with us, and let’s figure out how to collaborate beyond philanthropy and the immediate emergency response.
We’ll provide weekly (if not daily) updates via our partner websites and social media as we progress, so you can track the impacts of your donations.
For this campaign, Gham Power is partnering with GNPN with a commitment to provide all of Gham Power’s resources at a cost-to-cost basis to support the earthquake relief work in Nepal. That means, for all solar PV systems and the lighting and charging units used for earthquake relief activities supported by this campaign, Gham Power will provide all its equipment solar PV system equipment and installation labor services at its original cost that Gham Power pays to its suppliers and installation staff. Additionally, Gham Power will also provide a transparent online description of all incoming funds and how the funds get deployed for individual earthquake victim's help requests for power.
POWER NEEDS: BACKGROUND ON THE AREA
Even prior to the earthquake, 7 million out of the 28 million population of Nepal (24%) 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, frequent shortages, and the pollution from fume and noise. They all need a power source more reliable and affordable than diesel.
Gham Power develops and installs rural microgrids and commercial off-grid solar systems. We started in Nepal in 2010, and have installed 600+ projects including urban industries, small businesses, rural shops, and hundreds of households. We have an energy services platform that helps qualify, design, and operate large off-grid projects under lease, PPA, or pay-as-you-go financing models. Our commercial solar projects enable businesses to cut down their diesel usage by 50% or more, while reducing their overall energy costs by 10% or more. Our rural microgrids power equipment for productive end use (rice/seed-grinding mills, cold storage, water pumping, clinics, etc.) to enable local income generation. We also provide pay-as-you-go electrical hookups to rural households. To date, we have already developed a pipeline of 514 kW of rural microgrid projects in 35 villages, and 4 megawatts (MW) of off-grid commercial and industrial projects. We just began installing Nepal's first rural microgrid to provide 35 kW of electricity to three rural villages, partially funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and DOEN Foundation. We have a staff of 35 based in Kathmandu, and 15 regional partners for installation and support.
GLOBAL NEPALI PROFESSIONAL NETWORK (GNPN)
The mission of GNPN is to foster entrepreneurship and networking. GNPN aims to provide an effective and practical forum for its members to conduct social and professional networking activities. GNPN endeavors to cultivate, nurture and leverage the ecosystems of entrepreneurship, with the goal of advancing professional and personal aspirations.
The vision of GNPN is to create a forum for members to explore diverse opportunities and ideas to drive professional and social activities. We strive to foster a community of constructive feedback for continuous improvement of the association, and mentor new members with access to a knowledge base that they can leverage for career selection. We also look to facilitate and drive programs that give back to Nepal.
GNPN is a professional networking group sponsored by CAN-USA. CAN-USA is an American organization dedicated to the professional development of its members and technological progress of Nepal. It is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with members throughout the United States. The organization continues to utilize the creativity and talent of its members and the broader American community to develop technology-rich solutions that address some of Nepal's challenges.
Sandeep Giri is the CEO of Gham Power. Sandeep is a veteran entrepreneur born and raised in Nepal, who studied in the US and went into launching technology companies in San Francisco bay area. Previously, he was the CEO of Loyalty Matrix, an on-demand analytics software company, which was acquired by Responsys, now a part of Oracle. Sandeep has a master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Nebraska and a degree in Clean Technology from University of California at Berkeley. @sandeep_giri
Alyssa brings nearly 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental sector. She has worked with and for several major solar manufacturers and system integrators, global nonprofits, and humanitarian leaders. She developed SunPower’s Sustainability efforts in 2008, including the SunPower Foundation where she managed more than $5 million in global energy programs, over 1MW in product donations, and engaged over 50% of the global workforce in SunPower’s Citizenship collaborations. She supported solar disaster response efforts after the 2005 New Orleans and 2012 New York hurricanes, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti (collaboration with Global Green as part of a Clinton Global Initiative commitment), and the 2011 earthquake in Japan. She currently manages public affairs for Trina Solar, and is a board member serving a number of humanitarian causes. Alyssa founded a volunteer based organization, Sun Corps, to help connect the global solar community to catalyst solar projects that will positively impact and highlight the urgency of climate change. When she’s not collaborating with great organizations on solar solutions, you can find her building things, gardening, pushing her athletic limits, traveling, or adventuring with her partner and pups. @energyalyssa
Barrett Raftery is the Vice President of Business Development. He has been working in the rural electrification space for 8 years. He is on the founding teams of multiple for and non-profit organizations that have collected provided solar power to over 70,000 households that didn’t have access to power. He has lived and worked in Asia, Africa and South America specifically tackling the challenges of distributed renewables. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics for the University of California, Santa Barbara and is also a graduate and instructor of the Solar Living Institute.