Energy Technologies for Mountains
Water & Sanitation for Mountains
Water & Sanitation in Arid Lands

The Himalayan region suffers from an immense technology gap and its associated problems. With most technologies for water, energy, communication, etc., being typically designed for the more populated plains, they fail in the face of the climatic severities and geophysical stresses of the Himalayas. Himalayan communities therefore are deprived of the benefits of technology in their lives, in terms of energy and communication, and for irrigation and value addition to local produce. People continue to be dependant on methods that are frequently resource inefficient, leading to unsustainable use of land, forest and water resources of the Himalayas. Several Himalayan villages lack electricity, and most are severely energy-starved. Grid-delivered power is given to long periods of blackouts and the energy available is not sufficient for value-adding livelihoods. Fuelwood use for energy is leading to widespread deforestation and poor health among Himalayan communities.

Pragya aims to reach the benefits of technology, primarily in the energy and water sectors, to deprived mountain communities. The project is working on moulding existing technologies in renewable energy to the unique conditions and requirements of the Himalayan region. It is promoting the tapping of solar and wind resources for meeting the energy needs of Himalayan villages, and also developing local capacity and enterprises for technology sales & service.

The project is being implemented in:
2 districts (Leh, Lahaul & Spiti) in the cold deserts of western Indian Himalayas and 2 districts (Tawang, W. Kameng) in the eastern Indian Himalayas.
Solar pump - Umla Village

Umla, a village in the district of Leh-Ladakh, has vast tracts of wastelands, and continuing desertification is...


Solar-Wind Hybrid System – Lossar

Pragya established a 2.1 KW capacity Solar-Wind Hybrid System (SWHS) in Lossar village ...



Pragya has set up its third ‪‎Solar‬ ‎Wind‬ Hybrid System (‪‎SWHS‬) in Shyaso village, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, as part of its efforts to enhance energy access in the Indian ‪‎Himalayas‬ and improve quality of life in rural households. The combination of solar and wind ‪‎energy‬ would ensure continual generation of power in this high altitude village- day-and-night,summer-or-winter.

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