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Research Institute of World’s Ancient Traditions Cultures and Heritage (RIWATCH)

Research Institute of World’s Ancient Traditions Cultures and Heritage (RIWATCH) is a non-profit, non-governmental, community based research organization with a mission of empowering ethnic communities to prosper sustainably by strengthening their value system. It is situated in Lower Dibang Valley district, Arunachal Pradesh (India). RIWATCH has collaborated with various international organizations. It carries philosophy of all round development of the society through Education, Sustainable Development and Research. However, this part of Arunachal Pradesh is still struggling to get a reliable source of power. The only source of power is through transmission lines from Assam which gets washed by various rivers including Brahmaputra from time to time. As a result, during rainy seasons, power is not available for a few months. Using diesel was very expensive and it was not a permanent solution.

After the success of the project in Chitrakoot, volunteers of the cleantech group selected RIWATCH for the next project. The total critical load identified which includes lights, fans and computers was 2kW. Here a canopy based structure for a 3kW solar plant was constructed by RIWATCH. A 3kW solar power plant with battery backup was installed for the Campus and also had a scope for future plans to add another 2kW which will make RIWATCH 100% powered through solar. The total cost of the project was again arranged through individual donors.

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