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Solar power In Himalayas

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…Many of the monasteries, or gompas, lining Ladakh's Indus valley, in northwest India near China,tibetsolar.jpg boast a small blue rectangle of photo-voltaic technology. Standing 3,500 metres high (11,480 ft) they have the advantage of being [sunnier] than many other inhabited places.

"There's a lot of scope as we have over 300 days of sun a year here, and average solar radiation is high," said Tashi Chombel, an engineer in Ladakh's local government.

Solar power is mostly used for night-time lighting rather than to keep Ladakh's bitter winter cold at bay, which would need more costly systems. Villagers built around green oases in Ladakh's barren valleys collect sparse poplar wood and animal dung for fuel.

June 19, 2006 - Posted by | technology, Uncategorized

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