Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood programme kicks off
The Government of Nepal (GoN)—Ministry of Finance (MoF), Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) and the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) have signed the project document for implementing Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL) programme in 26 remote districts of Nepal. The total budget of the programme for the period between 1 April 2011 to 31 December 2012 is US$ 1,508,150.
RERL is a successor programme of the Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP) implemented in 40 districts since 1996. More than 60,000 households living in the remote settlements of Nepal have benefitted through REDP, primarily the electricity generated from the micro-hydro scheme utilizing local resources, labour and knowledge, especially in places where the national electricity grid has not reached.
While AEPC under the Ministry of Environment is the implementing partner of the programme, the other important partners are; Ministry of Local Development, Association of District Development Committees of Nepal (ADDCN), National Association of VDCs of Nepal (NAVIN) and District Development Committees (DDCs).
The World Bank continues to provide support through AEPC at the local level under the micro-hydro village electrification programme.
Some of the major expected outputs of RERL in these selected 26 districts will be to connect 28,500 additional households with energy services with the generation of 1.65 megawatt power output and establishment of 250 (100 macro and 150 micro) energy based enterprises in 20 districts. The RERL programme will support to develop the capacity of AEPC and private sector on installation and manufacturing of plants higher than 100 kW and to establish a network between private companies, the rural energy system distributors and micro finance institutions.