Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer, Winter Session
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The GREEN Program 
  • Restrictions: VT-SA applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Forestry, Geography, Geology, International Business, International Relations, Physics, Political Science, Service Learning, Social Work Click here for a definition of this term Virginia Tech Steger Center: No
Program Description:
Solar Panel Group
The GREEN Program (TGP) is an award winning experiential education program for young leaders in sustainable development. Created for students, by students, TGP has introduced a new model for education abroad driven by a desire to provide purposeful, hands-on industry exposure at a fraction of the time and cost of semester-long abroad programs. Join The GREEN Program's newest expedition to explore the  possibilities of alternative energy integration through microgrid systems for rural development. In 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake impacted 30% of Nepal's energy infrastructure. In an ongoing effort, Nepal has been taking strides to include solar as a leading source of alternative energy to help with their energy crisis and societal development.

The GREEN Nepal Program will analyze the role of alternative energy and its practicality, adaptability, and impact in rural societies of developing countries.

Selected participants will study a rural village of Nepal and discover how solar energy is impacting the development of local communities and their livelihoods. Through hands-on education about microgrid system design, TGP participants will execute off-grid solar field project planning and installation.

Watch a video on the mission and model of TGP here

Student reviews can be found here

All TGP programs are accredited by a university partner in country, and students receive a credit bearing transcript after completion of the program. Our Nepal program is accredited in partnership with Kathmandu University's School of Development Studies. For a full syllabus please email a member of the TGP team at

Course: Microgrids & Rural Develpment

Since the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, the country has been working towards recovery and restoration. After the earthquake, there has been a nationwide concern for a slow redevelopment plan. With nearly 70% of the affected communities still living in temporary shelters, the rise of micro-grid energy solutions are being introduced to electrify rural areas that were affected by the earthquake while renewable energy is a sector that is rapidly developing in Nepal. Certain communities in Nepal can also experience power outages with an average of 10 hours per day; however, private installations of solar energy and microgrid systems are perceived to be viable solutions. This course provides wide knowledge of microgrid technologies, energy policies in Nepal and its implementation, especially in rural communities. The course consists of lectures and site-visits including solar and hydropower facilities and rural communities to install microgrid systems and assist in Nepal’s efforts to electrify rural areas.  

Learning Outcomes
The objective of this course is understanding the various microgrid technologies and its challenges towards implementation in rural and developing societies. 
Gain a comprehensive understanding of microgrid development in Nepal and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Attain a clear grasp of cost analyses and environmental impact of renewable energy production facilities in a historical, present and future context.
Develop skills to evaluate energy sources and projects in terms of feasibility within the matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political implementation.
Observe Nepal’s energy policies, natural resource legislation, and other legislative controls impacting the production and sale of electricity in the nation.
Advance on the vocabulary and concepts essential to commercial energy production, transmission, management, community development, and legislation.
Develop leadership, teamwork, and networking skills through adventure excursions and exposure to professional industry relationships.
Excel within a network of like-minded participants who aspire to work and innovate in the field of development studies, renewable energy, and sustainability.
Gain a critical global perspective demanded by corporate recruiters today to prepare for accelerated career opportunities.

(*Please note that classes are subject to be updated)

Program Fee
Students will pay a program fee directly to The GREEN Program. More information on pricing can be found here. Program fees include:
Academic class work and accompanying credit
Exclusive industry access and facility tours
All housing in local hotels and a homestay
All materials associated with solar panel installation in the local community along with expert instruction
Contribution to local tourism and communities affected by the earthquake
All local adventure and cultural experiences including hiking, yoga, and local homestay
In-country transportation
All meals, locally prepared 
Private guides and staff for the duration of the program
Online educational modules
Alumni Network Membership
Access to Alumni Reunions as well as other career-related events

Our program fee does not include:
Round trip airfare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
International travel health coverage (potentially provided by your abroad office)
Discretionary spending for snack and souvenirs

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/15/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter Session 2021-2022 10/01/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program within a few weeks of submission. Please allow time for review.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.