Rural Energy

Community Owned, Operated & Maintained

Energy & Mountain Development in Remote AreasBack
Role of Energy in Sustainable Mountain Development Improving quality of life - Lighting, drinking water supply, health & sanitation, etc
Supplementing traditional livelihood - Irrigation, value addition to local produce, etc
Opening new employment opportunities - Tourism, processing non-wood forest produce, marketing, IT, etc
Conserving forests and the fragile Himalayan environment - Power for domestic use
Hydro Power Is based on renewable source
Has least impact on the local environment and Himalayan ecosystem
Capable of being easily built and maintained by local people Important Features Local participation and decision-making
Flexibility in local community contribution – in cash or kind
Construction by community
Training for selected local youth (Grassroots Engineers)
Employment opportunities
Productive application of power for livelihood Advantages in remote areas over supply of power grid Avoids expensive, long transmission lines
Eliminates difficulty to maintain
Economical and efficient, as against un-economical due to poor load Application of power for sustainable livelihood Milling, Oil extraction, Wool Processing - Angora, Pashmina, etc.Dehairing – Pashmina, Carding of Fibre, Spinning, Yarn - Reeling / CountingWeaving, Looms, Vegetable Dying, Value addition / shelf-life of products
Micro Hydro Power – Community Owned, Managed & MaintainedBack


Micro Hydro Power Stations Facilitated setting up of seven units in Uttaranchal, Kargil-Ladakh and Orissa at a total cost of around Indian Rupees 10 million and benefiting 450+ families in remote mountain areas in different bio-geographical zones

Tehri Garhwal, Uttaranchal

Power & Technology Application for LivelihoodBack

Himalaya map + states highlighted + pop up text for each state or text on map background of respective states


Set up in 90 days, one micro-hydro power unit of 40 KW, in TIket village (55 families), Kargil district in Ladakh region Development of dehairing-cum-carding machinefor Pashmina for community use.
Ladakh Environment and Health Organisation - using five electricity-operated dehairing- cum- carding machine at Chusot village.
Design and development of efficient spinning wheels - Foot powered and electricity operated for yarn making. Currently used for wool, pashmina, angora, mohair etc.
Families have adopted 35 numbers of these spinning wheels after first demonstration. Currently propagated in Ladakh by LEHO - Ladakh Environment and Health Organisation, Leh and LNP - Ladakh Nutrition Project, Leh Other technical support: Training local artisans on fabrication of looms, warp winders, hanks, etc. UTTARANCHAL

Setting up three micro-hydro power units of 20-kVA capacities in Balganga valley, Tehri Garhwal.
Capacity building through training of local selected persons (4 numbers) on maintenance of hydropower plants, wiring households.
Setting up Village Energy Committees for management of power stations and ensuring local participation- in villages Pinswar and Genwali.
Design and fabrication of turbines of less than 50 kVA capacity
Auto control system for hydropower station based on frequency sensing and diversion of load to heat sinks (developed in collaboration with IIT Delhi).
Design of civil structures such as weirs, gates, spillways, desilting tanks, and canals, fore bay, penstocks, and expansion joints etc.- currently being used in power stations in Uttaranchal.
Training local people on fabrication of solar water heaters. Such waters have capacities of 200,100,50 liters being used at Tripura Devi, Pithoragarh, Uttaranchal
10 highly efficient spinning wheels (designed for Ladakh) currently used at Genwali village as a part of livelihoods based on microhydropower. Five spinning wheels are being used in villages near Tripura Devi, Pithoragarh.
Designed and set up solar air heaters for drying handloom textiles, currently being used at Tripura Devi, Pithoragarh.
Designing workshop/processing facility for local fabrication of steel components, solar water heaters, wool processing machines etc.- set up at Tripura Devi, Pithoragarh.


Skill development for processing angora fibres at community level for Handloom and Handicraft Department, Government of Sikkim.
Blending of angora with merino at community level and manufacture of blended yarn at the community level-current programme (year 2003)
10 numbers of highly efficient spinning wheels (designed for Ladakh) being used by the Handlooms and Handicraft Department for training instructors Training of Trainers from Sikkim Handlooms & Handicrafts Department by Trained Instructors from Uttaranchal project (4 months)

Participating Schools

  • Dayawati Modi Public School
  • Millennium Public School
  • Delhi Public School
  • Dewan Public School
  • Godwin Public School
  • City Vocational Public School
  • Police Modern School
  • Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School
  • Presidency Public School
  • Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth School
  • C. J. D.A.V. Centenary Public School
  • S. F. D.A.V. Public School
  • M. G. D. S. D. Public School
    Gohawer, Bijnor
  • Disha Institute of Science &Technology
    Dhampur, Bijnor
  • Parker Public School
    Seohara, Bijnor
  • Sai Millennium Public School
    Nehtor, Bijnor
  • G. S. N. Public School
    Haldor, Bijnor
  • M.K.D. Children Academy
    Dhampur, Bijnor
  • Father’s Son Public School
    Chandpur, Bijnor
  • Doon Public Sr. Sec. School
    Roorkee (UK)
  • N. K. V. N. School
    Kotdwar (UK)
  • Police Training School

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