Solar Energy for Community Resilience in Nepal (SECuRe)

Over 2 750 people in three villages in Surkhet, Nepal, are still living with the impact of the 2014 floods. The project aims to increase community resilience to economic and climatic stresses in this rural off-grid community through the use of innovative renewable energy technology.

Project Need

Project Outcome

The project will achieve four principal outcomes, measured through rigorous evaluation at the end of the second year of the project, namely:

  • 300 households (1,650 individuals) on the floodplain will benefit from the flood warning system.
  • 2,750 individuals (from 500 households) will have access to energy-enabled health services. With energy access, the health post will be able to operate at night-time and refrigerate vaccines and medicines, increasing their capacity to provide preventative and curative local healthcare.
  • 50 households, 10 small enterprises, a school and a church will have access to electricity for domestic lighting, fan operation, and small business development (eg grocery stores, mobile phone charging, pharmacy and agri-veterinary services).
  •  A decrease in fossil fuel use and a resulting decrease in respiratory problems and eye and skin irritations caused by the use of kerosene.

Project beneficiaries include a high proportion of women and young girls, as well as Dalit and Janjati people, who are subject to extreme discrimination. The project will directly benefit 2 750 individuals in 500 off-grid households in three communities. The feasibility phase will seek to identify additional downstream communities who could benefit from the flood warning system.