Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL)

 A 26 kW Borleni Solar Wind Hybrid Mini Grid Plant installed with support of AEPC, and provision of technical assistance for institutional development from RERL.

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 Population and Environment for five years from 2012 to 2017 in a single programme modality. Read more

What have we accomplished so far

•      Renewable Energy Subsidy Policy and Delivery Mechanism approved by GON

•      MoU signed with NEA for expansion and management of RE systems

•      Financial closure of 200 kW Simrutu Khola

•      261.5 kWp solar PV systems through mini grid, solar pumping, etc.

•      188 institutional solar systems in schools, health posts and public offices in earthquake affected districts, directly benefitting more than 88,559 people

•      37 micro hydro plants with 931.5kW capacity and benefiting 9,110 households rehabilitated

•      1,180 Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), more than 2,500 employment opportunities created

•      36,000 new households have access to electricity  

•      Support to trained 122 women entrepreneurs on business management 

•      1.5 kWp Solar PV Systems at Snake Bite Treatment Centers in Itahari, Sunsari and Letang, Morang

Latest Updates

Backyard bounty

Households of Kalanga in Dhading had never expected their farmlands could have been so prosperous and plentiful until a lift irrigation scheme came into the area five years ago, supported by the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, and changed their lives as they knew it more 

A giant step out of poverty

Man Bahadur Bika has been able to distance himself both from the poverty and discrimination he faced in his home village With the advent of his metal workshop in Burtibang, Baglung--part of whose success he attributes to the support he received from the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre more 

The micro-hydro power plants are easy for local people to install and maintain. Bhim Bikram Malla manages the plant in the community of Darbang.
Being off the grid does not mean being powerless

A look at the strides made by UNDP in extending energy access to rural poor people and
in formulating appropriate policies for energy promotion more 

An abundance of green

Dil Bahadur and Bal Narsingh Kumal have managed to usher in transformational change in their community by taking the initiative to bring in a community pump-irrigation scheme that has turned the once largely unproductive hillside into a green vegetable paradise, an effort in which they were aided in part by the Alternative Energy Promotion Centremore 

Baking for better days

Shanta Maya and Santosh Gurung, who had been among those displaced by a massive landslide that hit Ghandruk 10 years ago, have bounced back from the disaster to peddle fresh baked goods to locals and nearby businesses, thanks in part to support from the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre more 

In mist, rose a paper mill

Poorna Bahadur Gurung found his calling in crafting the coveted lokta paper in a factory he established in scenic Ghandruk, and credits support from the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre as having been vital in upgrading production and raising efficiency more 

A 'clean' path to empowerment

The Ghandruk Pure Water Factory, set up partly with the support of the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre has made a crucial contribution to keeping the neighborhood and trekking route clean, as well as empowering local women by providing them employment and the opportunity to manage a businessmore 

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