Print Edition - 2014-07-22 | Nation
UNDP-AEPC pact on supplying renewable energy
Jul 21, 2014-
The Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) on Monday signed a project agreement with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to compliment the ongoing government efforts to provide clean energy solutions for cooking and lightening purposes to every household by 2017.
The project “Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood Programme” (UNDP GEF-RERL) worth USD 5 million was launched with a view to expanding access to renewable energy in rural areas under the government programme “National Rural Renewable Energy Programme” (NRREP) initiated in 2012.
NRREP is the biggest single programme on promotion and development of alternative and renewable energy technologies initiated by the government and developmental partners aimed at improving the living standard of rural citizens by increasing employment opportunities, reducing dependency on traditional energy and by attaining sustainable development through integrating alternative energy with the socioeconomic activities of the rural communities.
“The government plans to provide clean cooking solution and electricity for basic lighting to every household by 2017,” Secretary of Ministry of Science Technology and Environment Krishna Chandra Paudel reiterated during the event, “We are confident that this project will contribute towards achieving our goals.”
The estimated project amount is to be used under the NRREP to develop 10 megawatts from mini and micro hydropower plants, 2.5 megawatts of solar PV systems and establishment of mini grids connecting Micro-Hydro Plants (MHPs) of 300 killowatts capacity to pool energy.
The project will further support in building the capacity of local fabricators, installers & system integrators, said a press statement issued by UNDP on Monday.
The project is expected to support formulation of innovative financial mechanisms in order to attract private investment in renewable energy systems and productive energy uses.
The Global Environment Facility, as part of its Climate Mitigation Portfolio, will provide USD 3 million and UNDP is contributing the remaining USD 2 million to the USD 5 million project.
Published: 22-07-2014 08:54