Nepal to Receive Relief Through Portable Solar Power

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World-renowned high-elevation skiers Mike and Steve Marolt continue to raise funds in an effort to provide portable solar power via AspectSolar to those in need in Nepal, following April’s earthquake. The skiers are relying on their strong network of contacts to ensure efficient distribution of the solar technology in the region.

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Marolt Brothers climb in the Himlung Himal at 18,000 ft. Photo courtesy Jim Gile

“Many villages in Nepal have hydro or wind power, but many do not, “ said Steve Marolt. “After an expedition to Nepal last year, we came up with the idea to create a pilot program to provide Nepalese villages with portable solar power.”

Twin brothers and high-elevation skiers Mike and Steve Marolt, in the wake of April’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, have joined forces with renowned mountaineer Ed Viesturs to raise funds for Power Nepal. The new non-profit venture aims to supply portable solar power equipment to villages still without power.

“Many villages in Nepal have hydro or wind power, but many do not, “ said Steve Marolt. “After an expedition to Nepal last year, we came up with the idea to create a pilot program to provide Nepalese villages with portable solar power.” Previously, other solar charging systems that Sherpas in the area were using required their own yak to transport up mountainous terrain due to weight and bulkiness.

On their 2014 expedition in Nepal, Steve and his brother Mike gave their Sherpa an EnergyBar 250—a portable battery made by AspectSolar —as an expression of gratitude for his help. This lightweight and fast-charging battery was an exciting tool for the Sherpa and the rest of his village, because it allowed for much easier transportation of power. When the earthquake struck in April, the brothers quickly set up a 501(c)(3) in order to enable individuals and organizations all over the world to donate power to Nepal. Donations to Power Nepal have flooded in, and they are currently poised to supply hundreds of solar units to villages across the devastated country.

“The only problem is transportation…the infrastructure has been demolished, so we’re waiting until the channels clear for shipping solar aid to Nepal,” said Marolt. He also noted that they have been fortunate enough to establish connections with several well-respected points of contact, so they will be able to ensure proper delivery of the equipment.

“While the earthquake was the catalyst, we see this as a long-term, scalable project,” said Steve. “We subscribe to the notion that giving people reliable, long-lasting tools will ultimately enrich their lives far beyond traditional aid.” The brothers and their partners at Power Nepal are excited to see what the future brings.

About the Marolt Brothers
The Marolt Brothers have been skiing and climbing in extreme high-altitude conditions for over 25 years. They were the first skiers from the United States to successfully ski descend from 8,000 meters. They also hold the world record for the most ski descents from 7,000 meters or above. They live in Aspen, Colo. To learn more, visit 8kpeak.com.

About AspectSolar
AspectSolar is the technology leader in dependable, portable solar power. With the most efficient solar panels on the market and batteries that use green technology, AspectSolar allows people to easily store solar power outdoors or at home. Learn more at aspectsolar.com.

If you want to help the victims of the Nepal earthquakes, please send your donations to Aspen Alpine Club Inc. sent to P.O. Box 10671, 230 S. Mill St., Aspen, CO 81612. Please include a return address so you can receive a receipt for the tax-deductible donation. You can directly contact Steve Marolt at (970) 300-2603.

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