LAFAYETTE, Colo., June 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AspectSolar has announced that the company's solar energy products will be used to aid disaster relief efforts in earthquake-torn Nepal. AspectSolar's lightweight, durable solar charging panels and battery systems are being used by high-elevation skiers Mike and Steve Marolt to bring power to the country's remote villages.
The Marolt brothers' solar program has taken on tremendous urgency since the disaster. They have joined forces with renowned mountaineer Ed Viesturs to raise funds for Power Nepal—a new non-profit venture whose mission is to supply portable solar power equipment to villages that lack reliable energy sources.
Power Nepal has been structured as a 501(c)(3) to enable individuals and organizations worldwide to donate funding for the critically needed power solutions. The organization is currently poised to supply hundreds of AspectSolar's power units to villages across the devastated country.
"Although our products have won recognition for innovation and reliability, nothing pleases me more than to know that they are being used to make a difference in peoples' lives," said AspectSolar CEO Esmond Goei. "To be part of the Marolt brothers' disaster relief effort in Nepal is a true privilege."
"A number of villages in Nepal have hydro or wind power, but many do not," said Steve Marolt. "After our expedition to Nepal last year, we decided to create a pilot program to provide Nepalese villages with portable solar power. Our many great experiences using AspectSolar products on our expeditions made the choice clear on which product line we wanted to use. We are grateful for AspectSolar's generous matching contribution of their products to make this effort possible."
While the earthquake was the catalyst for moving Power Nepal forward, the Marolts have stated that the project is being approached as a long-term, scalable effort. The goal of making reliable, long-lasting power solutions available in remote areas will ultimately enrich the lives of residents of the Nepalese villages for years to come.
AspectSolar is the technology leader in dependable, lightweight, portable solar power solutions. The company's best-of-class solar energy products enable users the freedom to easily capture and store solar power as usable electricity in remote areas or where traditional power is disrupted. With multiple patents for its award-winning products, AspectSolar's panels and high-efficiency, green technology batteries are backed by the best guarantee in the industry. To learn more, visit aspectsolar.com.
About the Marolt Brothers
Mike and Steve Marolt 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. To learn more, visit 8kpeak.com.