To conserve precious fuel, a few logs of wood are used sparingly during the evening in one potbellied stove at the center of one communal dining room. All the guests gather there to eat, talk, warm themselves, and dry out clothing illuminated by a solar-powered light.

Impressive! These are simple, effective, efficient, low-cost strategies used every day. By necessity, renewable energy is already an influential driver of the economy in rural Nepal!