Saurav Dhakal (35) is the initiator of Power to Tower, a project that aims to develop 62 micro-hydro electricity plants in combination with telecom towers in rural areas within the next ten years.
Daphne de Wit & Maarten van der Schaaf
A communication expert by profession and a networker by heart, Saurav knows how to get in touch with the right people. However, as long as the project lacks a solid business plan, his prospective partners will not come on board and put their weight behind it. A convincing business plan and an action plan are his main priorities.
On day one, we discussed with Saurav and his prospective technological partner Bir Bahadur Ghale, the potential of micro hydro in rural areas. The next day we focussed on the business plan of Power to Tower, Suarav’s own role and the role of the specific partners in the project. Together, we came up with the idea to set up a revolving investment fund in which communities, investors, telecom operators and the construction company participate. Also, we made a To Do-list to structure all the tasks that need to be done to launch the pilot project.
Saurav is very passionate about Power to Tower, but to make the project a success, a lot more needs to be done. I think he realized that when we questioned him the second day about how he is planning to move forward.