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New Project Gives Women The Chance To Lead Solar Power Industry In Rural Nepal

By Nicole Caldwell

A new partnership is bringing solar power to a rural state park in Nepal while also training 10 women to be solar industry entrepreneurs. Come fall, the Chitwan National Park Ranger Outpost is soon to be fitted with a rooftop solar array that will help rangers at the remote location in their quest to protect Asiatic rhinos and Bengal tigers, both endangered due to severe poaching in the area. The second piece of the project involves training 10 local women to sell clean power products and solar lights to local families.

Empowered by Light and Empower Generation have teamed up to outfit Nepal’s Chitwan National Park Ranger Outpost, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a rooftop solar array. Doing so will bring more ecotourism and clean energy development to this part of Nepal, benefitting those living locally and working at the park.

Renewable energies are leapfrogging fossil fuels. 

Empowered by Light works to help developing nations “leapfrog” the task of installing infrastructure for already outdated fossil fuels by simply installing renewable energy infrastructure today. The organization’s goal is to create these systems at sample sites worldwide in order to better surrounding communities and ecology while also showing the feasibility and ease of use for such energies.