PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE UNFINISHED POSTS AS I ASSEMBLE MY NOTES AND COMPILE RELEVANT PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE SURVEY.
Survey used the trail from Lukla to Everest Base Camp as a transect. Only systems visible from the trail were noted. #'s refer to GPS points taken.
Lukla: From the restaurant window you can see 2 open vacuum tube solar hot water systems with a 200 liter tank raised on a wooden stand.
#0: (No GPS point) On route from Lukla to Phak Ding we passed 2 SHW systems near the airport with separated tanks and three systems on Namaste Hotel compound.
#1: Phak Ding: Photos 6690, 6691
#2: Sunrise Lodge: 4 Open Vacuum Tube Solar Hot Water systems; Phak Ding Star Lodge: 2 Open Vacuum Tube SHW across the suspension bridge (one system has two broken pipes).
|A prayer wheel turned by wind energy using recycled plastic water bottles as the blades of the windmill.|
#3: Ghatte Khola 70 KW Micro Hydro Plant: Penstock Instake 800 meters up river. Also, 3 KW Pelton Wheel.
# 4: Benkar Gastehaus: PV system 4 Monocrystaline 40 W, 1 Polycrystaline 75 W? Plus SHW oppen tubes with 20 pipes.
Owner says she has had PV for 15 years and SHW for 5 years. Has had a refrigerator for 1 year now but has patchy electricity. Says solar is no problem for lights and says she has 4 12 V batteries.