The Government of Nepal, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a USD 5 million project to expand access to renewable in rural areas under the National Rural Renewable Energy Programme Framework (NRREP).
The project’s expected results include support for formulation of innovative financial mechanisms to attract private investment in the renewable energy systems and productive energy uses, according to the UNDP.
The project will support NRREP to develop 10 MW from mini and micro hydropower plants, 2.5 MW of solar PV systems and establishment of mini grids connecting Micro-Hydro Plants (MHPs) of 300 kilowatt (kW) capacity to pool energy, UNDP said in a a statement.
The project will also support to build up capacity of local fabricators, installers & system integrators.
In presence of Secretary of Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE), officiating Executive Director of AEPC Ram Prasad Dhital and UNDP Deputy Country Director Sophie Kemkhadze signed the document on behalf of the Government of Nepal and UNDP/GEF respectively.
Out of the total support, USD 3 million will be funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a part of its Climate Mitigation Portfolio and USD 2 million by the UNDP from its core fund.
The project titled Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood Programme (UNDP GEF – RERL) will be an integral part of the AEPC implemented NRREP.
“The government plans to provide clean cooking solution and electricity for basic lighting to every household by 2017,” Secretary of MOSTE Krishna Chandra Paudel said, speaking at the signing event.
“We believe that it is crucial to continue the assistance from the UN and development partners so that the considerable progress the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre has achieved until now are adequately supported, sustained and further consolidated in subsequent years,” said UNDP Deputy Country Director Kemkhadze.
“Ultimately helping achieve the goals of providing universal access to clean energy under UN’s Sustainable Energy For all (SE4ALL) initiative by 2030.