Opening of “Energy Café” in Nisur

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Авг 16 2017

“The Energy Café” was opened in remote mountainous Nisur village, located in the upper part of Bartang Valley, Pamir. It will provide access for local residents to clean and affordable energy and Internet resources. This became possible thanks to a joint project of Little Earth and Norwegian Nature Conservation Society. The idea of “energy cafe” was supported by EKOenergy Foundation.

In early August, the staff of Little Earth set up jn Nisur the solar system with a capacity of 1 kW and two laptops. The system includes four solar photovoltaic panels, two batteries, inverter and charge controller. Power of the system is quite enough for operation of two laptops, lighting the room and inkjet printer. Thanks to batteries, the electric power accumulated over the day will be available for work of equipment for several hours after sunset, or cloudy day.

“Due to very limited budget implementation of the idea has required a certain contributions of local community and our organization. For instance, room for “energy café” was provided by one of the local residents on free basis, and several tables and chairs were given by heads of the village. Staff of Little Earth installed the computer software and delivered the required technical assistance free of charge. We also want to note well-arranged preparatory work led by activists of “Oyandasoz”, local public organization (partner of Little Earth in Bartang Valley)”, - Timur Idrisov said, Senior Advisor, Little Earth.

Together with the excursion for local inhabitants to the “energy café” Little Earth organized the exhibition of renewables and resource-saving devices. In the course of the event everyone could get information on the project, future plans for a café and learn about “green” technologies. For next two days representatives of Little Earth trained young people – future staff of “energy café” in basics of work with computers and Internet, as well as showed how to properly operate the solar system.

“Energy café” will function on a commercial basis, delivering the internet access and services to the residents of Nisur and neighboring villages, like charging the cell phones, printing and copying, and other for little money. Later, under “the energy café” project 50 portable solar lanterns will be provided, which after their sale will give the opportunity to use small gained capital for purchase of new energy-saving devices and support the café.

“This project is an experiment for us and our partners. We hope that the “energy café” will become a center, where local residents will find solutions to address their energy problems and will have access to Internet at affordable price and without travelling hundreds of kilometers to the district center. Our objective is to support the launch of this initiative. Its further success will depend largely on effective management and administration of café by activists of the village”, - Anton Tymoshenko says, acting director, Little Earth.

Responsibility for safety of the equipment and managing the work of “the energy café” will be taken by Oyandasoz, Public Organization, jointly with activists of the settlement. Little Earth believes that this small project will be a great tool for further implementation and spread of new resource-saving technologies and renewable energy resources to improve the knowledge in local population on sustainable energy.

Reference: Nisur village is located in upper part of Bartang Valley, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, at altitude of approx. 2500 meters. The local population is mainly engaged in development of subsistence farming, and partly in animal husbandry. Most of 42 families live below the poverty line. The settlement has no access to the central power lines. Main fuel and energy source for local residents is bush growing here. There is a secondary school.