Nepal-based Parikshya Singh and local government consultant Andy Farrant have been working together to address a universally common issue: how can they make schools energy-efficient and self-sustaining? This research could be the first step towards change in Nepal.

The International Mentor Program research project investigated energy consumption patterns in various school buildings in Nepal, with a view to seeking alternative solutions.

The aim was to ultimately reduce energy costs and introduce environmentally friendly practices in schools.

‘A school is one of the best places to introduce renewable and energy efficient technology such as bio-gas, solar panels, LED lights and other options. If our energy needs analysis demonstrates benefits from installing energy efficient technologies, students will witness this. They can then share their knowledge with their families so that people can be made aware about the benefits. In the long term, the students could also become ambassadors for alternative energy and as early adopters.’

Parikshya Singh, Mentee.

The project aimed to provide a model for energy efficient schools in Nepal and assist in the country becoming self-reliant on its energy sources. The research project was the first step in developing a business case and energy action plan for the review of energy practices in schools.