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Figure 2. A local technician installs a home power

system. (Photo courtesy of GHE.)

of financing as well as coordination with the local government and municipalities.
ISV programs have started to overcome the financial and
political constraints to scale under the leadership of local
entrepreneurs. The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE)
used seed funding from ISV and revenue from impact tourism to electrify a population of more than 20,000 people in
Ladakh, India. To execute its program, GHE also coordinates deployment of microgrids with the local government

(Figures 1 and 2). This ensures that the development efforts
of GHE and the public municipalities in Ladakh support one
another. GVE in Nigeria leveraged its pilot program, which
was supported by ISV, to secure low-interest loans from the
Nigerian Bank of Industry to scale its enterprise. The Nigerian government also asked GVE to expand its operation into
six additional Nigerian states.
Orajaka notes that the two biggest constraints for GVE,
now that it has a modular technology that can be easily
deployed, are access to capital and the availability of
skilled labor. To this end, GVE is training 1,200 people to
create a labor force with the necessary skills to execute its
next phase of expansion, which is expected to generate
1.8 GWh annually (Figure 3).
GHE and GVE embody the ISV model of community
sustainable development. Each program uses technology
to support community needs, has training programs to
ensure their systems can be continually operated, and successfully navigates the financial and political requirements to scale.
ISV's mission is to catalyze the sustainable development of rural communities around the world through
financial stimulation, a technical tool kit, and managerial
oversight. Yet this initial community connection is only
the first step on the long path to development. To
achieve sustainable development, the ISV network
of local entrepreneurs must cultivate
natural, human, and man-made capital
within each community and navigate the
technical, financial, and political requirements needed to scale. Through reliable
and virtuous models of microutility, ISV
is establishing the foundation for the
development of healthy, educated, and
prosperous communities around the
world. The future success of this mission
depends on the local entrepreneurs,
whose continued efforts inspire and
enlighten us all.
With the growing success of ISV, the
requests for support from communities
around the world are increasing. Additional funding and help from all IEEE
Societies is needed. Please join us at
https://smar tv illage.ieee.org and the
IEEE Foundation Smart Village donation
page (https://www.ieeefoundation.org/
smart-village).

Figure 3. A GVE team installs a solar microgrid for a residential

community. (Photo courtesy of GVE.)

Ju ly 2019

About the Author
Douglas Mackenzie (doug.r.mackenzie@
gmail.com) is an electrical engineer at
Black &Veatch and an IEEE Smart Village
ISV volunteer.

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