ADB finances Nepal’s largest wind-solar hybrid system

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The project provides electricity to 83 rural households, through 20 kW wind turbines, which are complemented by 15 kWp of solar PV. The whole system generates 110 kWh of energy per day, which can easily meet the 87 kWh that the village needs, said the ADB.

The plant was installed by the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) under ADB’s South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Power System Expansion Project.

In addition to financing from the ADB, funds also came from the Government of Nepal, the Scaling up of Renewable Energy Program under the Climate Investment Fund, and the local community at a cost of US$16.2 million.

“Six years ago, the Government of Nepal, with support from ADB, launched its first mini-grid wind-solar system in Dhaubadi in western Nepal,” said Ram Prasad Dhital, Executive Director, AEPC.

“The success of these two projects has demonstrated that clean energy is indeed a viable option to provide reliable energy access to rural Nepal through wind-solar hybrid systems.”

ADB, is committed to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth strategies, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.

“Access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy will help the village to connect to the world through Internet and mobile phones, and will create opportunities to boost local income,” said Mukhtor Khamudkhanov, ADB’s Country Director for Nepal. “The electricity from the mini-grid will also open the door for commercial activities in the village and help small businesses get off the ground.”

In 2016, ADB’s funding rose by 42%, which allowed it to conduct more ambitious development projects, with its assistance totaling a sum of $31.7 billion, including $14 billion in co-financing.