2013-12-16. Mongolia's nomads warm to solar power.

posted Dec 18, 2013, 9:36 AM by Alan Gould
For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: Portable solar panels are helping the sunny country's nomads - without disrupting their way of life. ...In Mongolia, often known as the land of the blue skies, the sun shines for 250 days on average each year. ... as of 2013, thanks to a concerted push by the Mongolian government, almost 70 percent of nomadic people have access to electricity. Bor, a herder who mainly travels around western Mongolia's Arkhangai province, is one of the people whose family benefits from portable solar home systems (SHS). "We use it for generating the power for lighting in the ger, charging phones, we can also generate a fridge to keep food longer and we can run a television. That is very useful for us because we can get the most recent weather forecast, which is important for our work and keeping our animals safe. Before we had power it was very difficult. Now it is almost like living in the city." ...The solar systems are slowly replacing the diesel generators used by some nomads as a means of generating power, although they are still using stoves for heating, burning wood coal and dung throughout the year.... http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/12/mongolia-nomads-warm-solar-power-201312813468350849.html. Philippa H Stewart, AlJazeera.