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Wind Powers on Greener Future for Climate-Conscious Bhutan

From wind power to biogas, bicycles and electric buses, Bhutan is exploring new ways to play its part in the global push to keep climate change in check.

Last month, two wind turbines - the Himalayan mountain kingdom's first - were inaugurated at Rubesa village in Wangduephodrang district, some 1,450 meters above sea level.

"Windmills are new to Bhutan, and we can easily harness wind (here) given the location of the village," said Pema Letho, an electrical engineer with Bhutan Power Corporation Limited.

The turbines are expected to generate a combined 600 kilowatts, enough to provide electricity to 300 households in the village, a four-hour drive from the capital Thimphu.

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