Diyalo energy

June 7, 2017

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Diyalo energy

About the Implementing organization

Name: Diyalo Foundation

Country: Nepal

Year of establishment: 2014

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Community enterprise or business  / Cooperative business / Public-private partnership / Women’s association or organization

Description

Diyalo Energy aims to provide access to sustainable energy in rural communities as a basic foundation for economic and human development. We combine green energy, community involvement, and micro credits to ensure sustainability and affordability.

We can deliver environmentally conscious, safe energy production, and a minimum amount of energy through the use of solar home systems (SHSs). The practicality of these systems as well as their easy portability and installation makes solar energy an excellent solution to the most inaccessible regions that still lack access to energy.

By involving the community as part of the solution, we assure the social acceptance and continuity of the program in the long term. The solutions and contributions that the communities and Diyalo develop will evolve with the communities.

This financial framework enables families to afford green energy systems. Micro loans allow villagers to replace their expenses on hazardous and polluting energy fuels.

Solar energy reduces pollution. The benefits are obvious when compared to the traditional Nepali practices of burning wood from their forests and cow dung. Not only are these traditional practices unsound from an ecological perspective, they create respiratory health problems.

Nature Element

Forests / Mountains / Rivers

Type of Action

Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Health / Renewable energy

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

      

Environmental Impacts

The environment and the use of green energy are primary focuses of our program. Diyalo Energy has adopted sustainability as its program base. We want the technologies we use and the practices we follow to have the minimum impact on the environment possible. While implementing any technological solution is an improvement by itself, we prefer to adopt technologies that will benefit the environment. We will offer training to families to use their systems — further contributing to the sustainability of our energy solutions. Solar lights are a clean alternative to conventional fuels and are 100 times more efficient than kerosene lamps. Typically a 10-50 Wp (watt-peak) can directly displace roughly 0.15-0.30 tons of CO2 per year by replacing other fuels, primarily kerosene. There is strong evidence that releasing greenhouse gasses — including CO2 — into the atmosphere has been the primary cause of global warming in recent decades.

Sustainable Development Impacts

We will provide safe, environmentally-friendly, ‘green’ energy with solar home energy systems. Since these systems are quite portable and easy to install, they are excellent solutions to providing energy to remote areas that don’t have another source of energy.

By involving communities in the installation and operation of these solar systems, we help ensure their social acceptance in the short term and their on-going success in the long term. Diyalo will develop energy solutions in close consultation with each community.

Scalability

Our selection of the technological solution was determined by three factors — accessibility, scalability, and efficiency to provide electricity to the most marginalized communities. After studying other programs that have been implemented around the world, Diyalo chose to use SHSs over Solar Lanterns. SHS ensures high quality lighting systems with life spans up to 15 years and replicable scalability.

It costs about $100 to provide a household with basic electrification. The district government provides a $20 grant toward this expense. Households can fund the balance, $80, with a loan the district government administers. Borrowers agree to pay back this $80 loan over a period of two years at an interest rate between 14% and 18%. Diyalo will be instrumental in gaining approval for the subsidy and the microcredit program to provide energy to households.

Replicability

By involving communities in the installation and operation of these solar systems, we help ensure their social acceptance in the short term and their on-going success in the long term. Diyalo will develop energy solutions in close consultation with each community.

We will work with the households that have installed solar systems to provide ongoing maintenance and replacement of those systems. We will establish a maintenance facility for this purpose for the first 10 years these systems are in place. This maintenance facility will also collect micro credit payments from the households on an annual basis.

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