April 2011 to June 2014
31 districts of Nepal
Environment and Energy
The Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment
Cost Sharing Organisations:
AEPC, The World Bank, District Development Committees (DDCs), Village Development Committees (VDCs) and communities
UNDP focal point:
Anupa Rimal Lamichhane
CCPA, UNDP, UN House, POB 107
Project focal point:
Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL)
Despite the great increase over the past two decades in the number of households with access to electricity, still about 30% of Nepal’s total population does not have access (as of 2011). Population without access to electricity in rural area is 30 times more than that of urban area. Alongside this, in Nepal about 85% of total energy consumed comes from traditional biomass such as fuelwood, agricultural residues and cattle dung. This continued reliance on traditional resources depletes the forests of trees and farmers’ fields of natural fertilisers. Even in urban areas, people have to face load shedding for up to 14 hours a day. On the other hand, there is a rapid growth in consumption of fossil fuels in transportation, industrial, commercial and domestic sectors draining hard earned foreign currency and causing huge trade deficits. The lack of national energy generation capacity and the importance of conserving the environment and balancing the trade regime are the reasons Nepal’s government gives priority to provide decentralized clean and renewable sources of energy to rural areas.
What have we accomplished so far
- In 2014, the Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihoods project was able to provide access to electricity to over 8,300 households (45,900 people), through installation of 26 micro-hydro plants, producing 766 kW of energy in total.
- To date, an estimated 286,300 people have access to improved energy as a result of UNDP supported interventions.
- UNDP also supported 500 local level entrepreneurs to engage in business activities in coordination with Cottage and Small Industry Development Board for rural energy based medium small and micro enterprise promotion. It also supported various community initiatives, such as installation and operation of a tea dryer and pilot water lifting project.
- UNDP also contributed to the revision of the Government’s current Subsidy Policy to include specific support to private sector and larger renewable energy systems. This is expected to boost private sector contributions and involvement in the promotion of renewable energy.
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
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
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