Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL)

 RERL extends rural communities’ access to renewable sources of clean energy by helping them install and manage micro-hydro plants and Renewable Energy Technologies to develop associated enterprises.

The UNDP-GEF RERL project is integral part of the Government’s single umbrella programme, the National Rural Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP). The GEF-RERL is supporting for development of mini/micro hydro and solar PV systems, productive energy uses and formulation of innovative financial mechanisms to attract private investment. The project is supporting NRREP to develop 10 MW of mini and micro hydropower, 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. The project will also support to build up capacity of local fabricators, installers & system integrators.

The Government of Nepal (GoN) and External Development Partners supporting Nepal's rural and renewable energy sector have designed National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP) to be executed by Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment for five years from mid-July 2012 to mid-July 2017 in a single programme modality. read more

What have we accomplished so far

  • Following the earthquake in 2015, UNDP integrated RERL with its recovery programme to rapidly assess 100 micro hydro systems and 42 solar pumping systems that were affected by the earthquake and repair the damage to 31 energy-generating systems, which directly benefited 7,500 households.
  • UNDP also helped local governments restore their damaged buildings like offices and health clinics, ensuring all temporary structures of local governments were solar-powered.
  • With the aim to promote sustainable and reliable minigrid systems, UNDP supported Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) to successfully install the Gulmi Mini Grid Project in Wami Taksar, Gulmi district. It connects two micro hydro plants: one 135 kilowatts and the other 83 kW, and provides reliable electricity to more than 2,300 households in the vicinity through a single system.
  • UNDP also helped additional 3,581 households to be connected to electricity in 2015.

Latest Updates

Xu talks to community members about the improvement brought about by access to renewable energy. Photo: Narendra Shrestha / UNDP Nepal

Access to energy improves lives, livelihoods

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Knowledge products on environment,energy and climate change launched

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9 Feb, Kathmandu: A new knowledge product; Decentralized Energy Access and the Millennium Development Goals was launched jointly by the Minister of Environment Hem Raj Tated, Vice Chairmanmore 

FM station in Kharbang. Photo: UNDP Nepal

Electricity enables establishment of community FM station

A 100 watt FM station installed with community initiative in Kharbang- Dagatung Danda Village Development Committee (VDC) in Baglung has started test transmission from14 January 2011.more 

Electricity: Source of Happiness to the Rural People

Electricity: Source of Happiness to the Rural People

With the implementation of the Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP), a joint initiative of His Majesty's Government of Nepal and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),more