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Renewable energy can provide clean, reliable and affordable small scale energy solution for rural communities.
Affordable and Clean Energy
Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy
Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources
Globally, some 1.3 billion people still live without electricity and close to 3 billion people lack modern cooking and heating equipment. Rural and remote populations in countries, such as Nepal are highly dependent on traditional biofuel for cooking and heating, which threaten the environment and the health of the population. Currently, in Nepal, more than 80 percent of its total energy consumption comes from traditional biofuels.
The Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP), launched by UNDP and the Government of Nepal in 1996 supported rural communities to install and operate decentralized renewable energy systems in the most remote areas in Nepal. REDP and its successor Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL) have been working with AEPC to promote micro hydropower (MHP) and solar PV systems (SPV) systems for rural electrification. With AEPC’s support, 15 percent of the population today receives electricity from such decentralized off-grid sources. Furthermore, about 1.5 million households in Nepal use clean cooking solutions, such as biogas or improved cooking stoves. AEPC is effectively providing reliable, low-cost electricity to rural communities and contributing to decreasing consumption of fossil fuel and indoor air pollution.
RERL is also supporting AEPC to promote productive uses of electricity generated by micro hydropower plants. AEPC is providing technical and financial assistance to potential entrepreneurs to establish enterprises that use electricity. More than 1500 such micro and small enterprises have been established so far. These enterprises not only provided services to rural people who otherwise would have to travel to urban areas or rely on less efficient and time taking traditional technologies, but also created employment opportunities for about 4500 rural women and men.
With UNDP support, AEPC established environment, energy and climate change sections in all 75 districts of the country to promote clean, reliable and affordable energy to remote rural areas of Nepal. These sections help rural people to identify, plan, implement and operate and manage renewable energy projects.
Alternative Energy Promotion Centre Government of Nepal