Programme Division

Green Technologies

Posted on: June 29th, 2016

Micro Hydro Rural Electrification : Dali village in Zhemgang remains off the national grid. The journey takes six hours walk from the nearest road head but is inaccessible during the monsoon season. Tarayana is piloting a micro hydro power project to create access to clean energy and to help increase income generation of the community members. The project is expected be completed by June 2016.

Solar Dryers: Solar dryers allow the communities to derive income from agriculture products using improved techniques of food preservation. The dryers are fabricated solar dryer group of Dagana

Bio-sand water filtration: The bio-sand filter is a simple water treatment device, which consists of a concrete or a plastic container filled with specially selected and prepared sand and gravel.

Gravity goods rope way (pilot): The 980 meters long gravity goods ropeway that was installed linking Chanju and Thrikka villages in Samtse. The community members utilize the ropeway to bring in home supplies, household items and also to export cardamom, their main source of income.

Fuel efficient eco-stoves: The Foundation encourages communities in rural Bhutan to use fuel efficient eco-stoves which emit less smoke preventing health hazard and eco-friendly.

Eco-san toilets: Eco-san toilets are designed to save fresh water by making use of closed-loop system that converts human waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer. Tarayana launched a pilot project in the Lotokuchu village in Samtse in 2011 and the villages of Digala and Langdurbi in Zhemgang in 2012. This initiative has helped to improve the overall hygiene of the villages.

Organic farming: Tarayana promotes organic and natural farming methodologies in the sites. The community members are provided with training on different farming techniques as well as vermi-composting processes.

Compressed Earth Block (CEB): The self-help group (SHG) in Dechenpelri, Sarpang owns the CEB unit. CEB is a building material made from damp soil compressed at high pressure. The CEB technology offers a cost-effective, environmentally sound masonry system.

Bio-gas: The project was initiated on a cost-sharing basis, where community members contributed labour while the materials were procured by the Foundation. Between the year 2013 and 2014, twenty household level biogas plants were installed Kinzingling and Ugyentse in Samtse Dzongkhag.

 Implementing partner for NAPA II: Tarayana Foundation is one of the implementing partners for the National Adaptation Plan of Action, a project aimed at developing climate resilient communities through development and installation of water harvesting technologies, storage and source protection. The Foundation is currently implementing this project in 20 villages across four dzongkhags.