Location: Lower Solu Khumbu district, 2 days walk from Salleri village
Date: January 2012
Partner: Lumsa village and Lumsa Micro Hydro Steering Committee
Beneficiaries: 109 households/ appx 500 residents
Objective: To complete a micro hydro system to bring electricity to all houses in the village.
Details: This project was funded by the Nepalese rural development NGO REMREC, their local VDC, the Lumsa community and a loan from a Kathmandu business and NAFA. This business loan of NPR 800,000 was almost repaid by NAFA and NAFA supporters in two payments of AUD $5,000 and AUD $4,600. Due to the good exchange rate this the total repayment came to NPR 752,497 which left approximately $500 for the community to repay. Once all monies were available the community engaged a technical firm (Multiservice) to construct the generator and turbine.
The community began the process of laying pipe, constructing the powerhouse and water channels under supervision of 2 sub-engineers from Multiservice and visits from REMREC engineer based in Salleri. The channels from the main water source was over 500 mtrs in length and the pipe from the top of the water supply down to the power house was approximately 300 mtrs.These metal pipes had to be supported by stone pillars built by the community The community erected electricity poles and assisted 2 other sub-engineers with the transmission wires from the powerhouse to all sections of the village.
Local villagers trained by the engineers then wired up each house and installed light and power fittings. The community worked continuously for 7 months and through the monsoon, to finish the project and are to be congratulated on the completion of this huge project.
Outcomes: This electricity will allow each household up to 7 CFL lights and small appliances like mobile chargers and radio. The lights will allow the villagers to carry out tasks at night in their homes, the students will be able to complete their homework and study and each household will have an improved lifestyle. In the future the community can apply for funds from a seeding grant of NPR100,000 from REMREC to establish new businesses which will further enhance their area. The village has suggested they could consider businesses such as paper making, apple drying and packaging, wood mill and carpentry and a central grinding mill for flour.