Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL)

Status: Active  

I phase: July 2014- June 2019

II phase: July 2019 - December 2021 

Geographic coverage: Selected municipalities of Baitadi, Kailali, Surkhet, Jumla, Mugu, Rukum, Rolpa, Sindhuli, Okhaldhunga, Solukhumbu, Morang, Taplejung and Panchthar districts    
Focus area: Energy, Environment, Climate and Disaster Risk Management  
Implemented by: Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) of the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation  
Donors: Asian Development Bank (ADB)    

READ about the first phase of RERL here


Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL) Project has been providing technical support to Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) to implement Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded off grid component of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Project. The main objective of this project is to increase electricity access in rural Nepal by installing 4.3MW mini hydro and 0.5MW solar/solar wind hybrid mini grid (SMG) subprojects with 20% capacity utilized in productive uses. 


Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) has been implementing the off-grid energy component of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) project since 2015 for a period up to 2021. This will be implemented with financial assistance of ADB and technical assistance (TA) of AEPC’s National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP). However, with the phasing out of NRREP in mid-2017, AEPC initiated the implementation of the SASEC project through its GEF-UNDP funded Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL). As both SASEC and RERL had been working closely for meeting the physical targets of both the projects under complementarity approach,  AEPC and UNDP agreed to continue RERL-TA for implementation of SASEC Subprojects in March 2020.

The tehnical assistance primarily focuses on community mobilization, institution establishment and strengthening, construction supervision, productive energy end use (PEU) promotion and capacity development for smooth operation and management. RERL is working in 9 mini hydropower projects and 10 solar or solar-wind hybrid mini grids in different parts of the country.

READ about the first phase of RERL here

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Completed the construction of 200kW Simrutu Khola Mini Hydropower Project (MHP),  Tribeni Rural Municipality, West Rukum, providing electricity access to 1386 households, 44 of which are headed by women and 442 belong to the disadvantaged groups (DAG) as defined by the Government of Nepal (GoN) and 1076 are below the national poverty line (BPL).
  • Financial closure of 6 MHP projects have been completed and shares worth NPR. 28,276,700 have been distributed to members of cooperatives, responsible for project development and management. The Credit Guarantee Mechanism has been established at the Central Renewable Energy Fund (CREF) of AEPC with the support of GEF-UNDP RERL was crucial in achieving financial closures of these community owned and managed projects.


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UNDP focal point:
Pragyajan Yalambar Rai
Portfolio Manager
UNDP, UN House, POB 107
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 00-977-1-5523200 ext. 1049
Fax: 00-977-1-5523991


Project focal point:
Mr. Satish Gautam
National Programme Manager
AEPC/RERL, Khumaltar, Lalitpur
Tel: 00-977-1-5547609


Government focal point:
Mr. Madhusudhan Adhikari
National Project Director
AEPC/RERL, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu
Tel: 00-977-1-4498013

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