Kopan Monastery Stupa lit by Solar Power, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Kopan Monastery sits on a hill overlooking the sprawling city of Kathmandu, Nepal. Over 360 monks make their home here, travelling from all over Asia to take part in the traditional monastic teaching.
The monks at Kopan believe it is important to use sources of energy that are not harmful to the earth. They have installed a solar system on the roof and the power is used to light this Stupa and the garden throughout the night. The monks can now meditate in these surroundings knowing that they are in a space that is in harmony with the environment.
In Nepal, where many villages are difficult to access, small-scale renewables offer a great energy solution. Micro-hydro, wind and solar installations are silencing the noisy diesel generators and connecting some communities to electricity for the first time.
Distributed renewable energy production is the path of the future. Studies show that renewable energy for all is achievable by 2050. All that is lacking is sufficient passion to make it happen.