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Enhancing capacity for solar photovoltaics in rural Nepal

To, L.S., Zahnd, A. and Riek, R. (2012) Enhancing capacity for solar photovoltaics in rural Nepal. In: World Renewable Energy Forum, WREF 2012, Including World Renewable Energy Congress XII and Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) Annual Conference, 13 - 17 May, Denver, Colarado, USA pp. 4571-4577.



Women in the remote district of Humla in Nepal are largely responsible for organising and utilising traditional household energy sources and can benefit from access to improved energy services such as a solar photovoltaic (PV) system for basic indoor lighting. Solar PV lighting systems can reduce the time burden for collecting fuel, reduce indoor air pollution and reduce the risk of burns. However, local capacity for maintaining and repairing PV systems is essential for their continued operation in remote areas. This paper discusses the capacity development activities of a non-government organisation, Rural Integrated Development Services Nepal (RIDS-Nepal), within its holistic community development approach. Special attention is given to the influence of gender on capacity development.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
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