Over 85%[1] of the population of Nepal has access to electricity. However, in rural areas, about 20% population does not have electricity access and rely on kerosene or other sources for lighting. Most of the households in the country receive electricity from the national grid and about 15% from off-grid renewable energy sources such as Pico Hydro (<10kW), Micro Hydro (10 to 100kW) and Solar Home System (SHS). Though there is a huge potential for Mini Hydro (> 100kW), very few projects have been developed in the country in recent years due to technical and operational challenges. In areas without sufficient hydro resources, larger solar PV systems would provide much more potential for economic growth compared to SHS.

NRREP, the base line programme of GEF UNDP RERL, has a five years target of 25 MW additional capacities of Micro Hydro and Mini Hydro.  The RERL’s efforts will facilitate this target being reached through promotion of larger systems. The target of RERL 10 MW from mini/micro hydro has thus been aligned with NRREP to work in this sector. Likewise, RERL support for promotion of Institutional Solar Photo Voltaic (ISPV) and Solar pumping (PVPS) system will contribute towards innovative modalities for AEPC.   RERL supports AEPC/NRREP in the areas of Mini Hydro, Mini Grid, Solar PV, attracting private financing for renewable energy projects, productive energy uses and Public Private Partnership (PPP) implementation modality.


[1] Economic Survey 2015/2016

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