Chitwan National Park

First installations completed: November 2016

Second installation completed: November 2017

Third installation completed: April 2018

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Empowered by Light’s Nepal efforts are doing triple duty in and around Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

  • Rangers protecting single-horned Asiatic rhinos, Bengal tigers and other endangered wildlife from poachers rely on solar panels to bring light, power and communication to an isolated ranger station deep in the forest.

  • Local women — traditionally excluded from the formal economy — work with the social enterprise Empower Generation to sell low-cost solar home solutions to people living in the buffer zone that surrounds the park.  

  • Solar-powered tourist observation towers bring in money for conservation efforts and projects designed to minimize conflicts between communities living in and around the park and wildlife.

In all of these ways, access to clean energy helps the community create economic opportunities while protecting the unique ecosystem that surrounds and sustains them.

To date, Empowered by Light has installed solar and battery storage systems on a ranger station and three observation towers in the Park, and we have plans to install solar energy systems on two more towers in the next nine months. Our partners have included GRID Alternatives, Empower Generation and Gham Power. 

We hope you will consider participating in the next chapter of this story by making a donation. Your support is greatly appreciated.



Learn more about Empowered by Light’s work in Chitwan National Park by watching Bufferzone, a 20-minute documentary film released in May 2017.

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