Rebuilding Nepal

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This series offers a glimpse of Nepal six months after the 7.8 magnitude (April 25th, 2015) and 7.3 magnitude (May 12th, 2015) earthquakes that devastated the region. In a country that has endured long-term political hardship and instability, a lack of electricity remains one of the biggest barriers to the country’s economic development and prosperity. Energy is at the forefront of most economic, environmental and developmental issues the world faces today. Reliable energy services that are clean, efficient, and affordable are fundamental to a modern quality of life and a country's global prosperity.

Roughly 80% of Nepal's population lives in rural mountainous regions that lack access to electricity. Kerosene lamps are currently the only reliable source of light. The remaining population of Nepal is grid-connected, but face a 500 MW energy deficit, with 16+ hours of daily blackouts on average during load shedding hours. Many businesses run privately owned diesel generators for backup, but still suffer from increasing fuel costs, frequent shortages, and pollution from fumes and noise. With the recent fuel crisis, local businesses have been forced to shut down and are actively seeking out clean, reliable and alternative energy solutions. Solar energy has become a very feasible and viable answer to power Nepal and provide a path towards energy independence.

As the country continues to struggle with the effects of the natural disasters and political instability, renewable energy is providing both light and hope for a nation of people renowned for their resilience.
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