How The Off Grid Project Began
From the founder, Jordan Weisman;
As a student, I traveled to Nepal in 2001 and spent six months learning the language and becoming immersed in the culture. It was a life changing experience for me and Nepal has a special place in my heart to this day. I have returned to Nepal three times since then, both for development projects and for trekking. I have dreamed for many years of using my passion and knowledge of solar energy to one day bring off grid solar power to communities in need.
- Jordan Weisman
A Dream Became A Reality
In 2012, that dream became a reality. Sunbridge Solar teamed up with Portland Pearl Rotary to bring solar power to Bayalpata Hospital. Bayalpata Hospital, located in the Achham District of Far Western Nepal, is run by INGO Possible Health. The hospital employs all Nepali staff with volunteer help from visiting doctors and nurses.
Because the key clinical services increased in 2012 the project provided much-needed electrical power.
The project benefited the community in immense ways. It ensured the roughly 175 patients a day seen at Bayalpata Hospital will have consistent, 24-hour access to life-saving medical equipment.
Rotary International Matching Grant
The $60,000 solar project was part of a Rotary International Matching Grant. Local Rotary clubs in the Portland area (Portland Pearl, Downtown Portland, Seaside, and East Portland) along with Sunbridge Solar and area local businesses contributed funds that were then matched by our local Rotary District 5100. Those funds were then matched by Rotary International to reach the total project cost.
The 9kW solar electric system along with 48V 1200Ah off grid battery bank had been installed October 2012 by Gham Power, a Kathmandu based solar energy contractor. Portland Pearl Rotary along with Sunbridge Solar visited Nepal this year to help with the off grid solar project installation.