Solar Wind Hybrid Systems

Picture: Village of Kamlaguda, Kalahandi district, Orissa

Capacity building of local fabricators from Odisha, India on fabrication of wind turbines

Project Support: WISIONS

Project Lead: Practical Action Nepal

Project Collborations: Practical Action India, KAPEG and Gram Vikas


The energy situation in rural India is characterized by poor quality fuel, inefficient use, unreliable supply and limited access. About 500 million people in rural areas are still without access to modern energy services. In this context, the Government of India sees its energy service priority as the “demand and supply of grid connected electricity”. However, these needs are often associated with higher social strata and corporate sectors. Other than electricity and energy for the transport sector there is inadequate consideration for other energy needs, especially of the poor and marginalized people and children.

KAPEG is providing its technical expertise in small wind turbines to develop and train local fabricators in the region for the sustainable electrification with energy.

Objectives of the project

The project aims to transfer skills and knowhow from Nepal to fabricate, operate and maintain small wind turbines to the local manufacturers and users groups in Odisha, India. The SWES is 500w capacity will be installed in 3 different communities benefiting 60 tribal and marginalized households. SWES will be integrated with solar photovoltaic system to enhance the reliability of the energy supply. The available energy from SWES will be made available to the communities through establishment of community charging station and local electricity distribution line. The project will closely work with its local implementing partner "Gram Vikas", local fabricators and communities for designing, implementing and disseminating the learning from the project.


  • 60 households in these two villages (35 households in Kamlaguda and 25 in Tijmali village) are getting electricity in their homes now with two bulbs and one charging point for mobile and other accessory charging.
  • The community from both the villages has come together and has agreed to operate and maintain the systems in the future. Separate committees have been formed in each of the village and separate bank accounts have been opened. Each household is paying an agreed user fees to the village committees (Kamlaguda – Rs. 60/- per month, Tijmali – Rs. 30/- per month) towards contributing to the operation and maintenance corpus.

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Project Picture Gallery

Banks of Indravati river

near kamlaguda village

Wind Turbine Installation at Tejmali Village

Picture taken at the night of installation

Crossing the river from a boat to locate potential site for installation

Tail got stuck at the back, Tejmali village

On the way to tejmali

Assembling and Installing the turbine

Training the ICT institution and local workshop at Bhawanipatna with Wind turbine and tower fabrication procedures

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