Working Areas » Renewable Energy & Nature Resource Management

Despite the fact that Nepal is rich in natural resources like water, forest etc., we are not utilizing the same properly to take a variety of benefits. We have unlimited opportunity to generate clean energy through mountain rivers, but majority of rural areas have been entirely depending on the forest for energy thereby creating heavy pressure to the forest. In the other hand, the potentiality of local rivers is remained unutilized. Nepal, because of its economy is unable to invest big money for the construction of huge mega-hydro power project, and in this situation micro/mini hydro and other renewable energy are more feasible from cost, construction period, and sustainability point of view. Realizing this situation, NCDC started to exert effort to promote renewable energy in the rural areas of eastern Nepal, thereby generating clean energy at local level, and also reducing undesirable pressure to the existing forest. To provide meaningful support to the rural communities in the field of renewable energy promotion, it has been working as Regional Renewable Energy Service Center (RRESC) under the financial support of Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC)/Energy Sector Assistance Program (ESAP).

This program has basically two components Mini Grid Support Program (MGSP), and Biomass Energy Support Program (BESP). The program under MGSP covers seven hill districts of eastern Nepal (Ilam, Panchther, Taplejung, Dhankuta, Bhojpur, Tehrathum and Sangkhuwasabha). Similarly, BESP covers three eastern hill districts (Ilam, Panchthar and Taplejung). NCDC has been playing the facilitator's role to motivate and involve the communities for the promotion of renewable energy technology. Social mobilization, technical facilitation, facilitation for the end use development from electricity , promotion of low cost biomass technologies are major activities. Besides, it has been providing various support to the community for improved cooking stove (ICS), solar home system, bio-briquette and other biomass technologies. NCDC, being a facilitator, has been implementing this program in coordination with Local Partner Organizations (LPO) in the project area. Currently, NCDC has been working with 8 such LPOs; 5 in Ilam, 1 in Panchthar and 2 in Taplejung district.


Charlotte Vanvoast, Colorado, USA
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