Nepal fights power cuts with renewable energy

Last Updated: Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 15:22

Kathmandu: Touted as the country`s biggest,
a hybrid power generation system which uses solar and wind
energy has been inaugurated in western Nepal to help residents
facing acute shortage of electricity.

Environment Minister Hem Raj Tated inaugurated the
wind-solar energy centre at Hurhure Danda area of Nawalparasi
district which will benefit 46 families living there.

With this, Nepal has become the first country to benefit
from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) initiative of
encouraging clean and renewable energy.

"Now, locals of Hurhure Danda can watch television and
use computers," Narayan Prasad Chaulagain, Executive
Director of Alternative Energy Promotion Board (AEPB), said.

The wind system uses two large-sized fans which generate
10 KW of electricity, while a solar system installed close by
generates an additional 2 KW, he said.

The 12 KW will be sufficient to provide electricity to
the whole village, he said.

The system was installed under ADB`s regional technical
assistance (RETA) for Effective Development of Distributed
Small Wind Power Systems in Asian Rural Areas. The Alternative
Energy Promotion Centre under the Ministry of Environment is
the implementing agency of the project that cost USD 3.8
million.

With the onset of winters, residents of Kathmandu and
other major cities are facing load shedding up to 8 hours
daily because of the low water level in major power generating
rivers.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 15:22

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