due to low demand and high cost of providing energy access. The Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency (LREDA) will be supporting GHE in selecting a remote village and connecting the team with its local community on the utilisation and upgradation of power generation resources.
The 2014 expedition participants will be setting up these sustainable and socially oriented infrastructures to be eventually owned and maintained by the local communities. These sustainable solutions will enable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and protect the fragile ecosystem, which in turn will also enable increased income generation activities in the region.
Paras Loomba, founder, GHE, said, “Bringing these people out of darkness must be the priority of everyone who is equipped to do so and not just the Indian government. These areas are untapped markets for solar products and for sustainable energy resources. It should also be the priority of successful people and corporates that have prospered in the last two decades to be acutely aware that the social fabric of the country cannot accommodate inequality of access to basic services of this magnitude. LREDA and GHE will identify territories where micro grids could operate and help setup electricity infrastructure while encouraging the community on the use of solar energy access for additional income generation activities.”
Elaborating about the expedition Col Loomba, advisor, GHE, said, “The 2013 inaugural expedition brought together some amazing participants from eight different countries. They ranged from sustainability consultants from Netherlands, to investment bankers from UK, to media professionals from USA, to the CEO of Azure Power, to graduates from top business schools including Yale and Kellogg among many other entrepreneurs and professionals. This year too we expect a good response to our initiative. The EV journey from Delhi to the E-Base in Leh will be an added element to GHE, making it one of the most successful efforts in India in the field of sustainable tourism.