Micro Hydro Power in Nepal

One of our recent SEPS projects in Nepal, which aims to demonstrate the optimum utilisation and sustainability of micro hydro plants, is already making progress. For the rural population in Nepal and Orissa State in India, poor access to electricity has been identified as one of the most influential factors that holds back development. Decentralised energy services, such as micro hydro power plants (MHPs), could be the immediate solution for increasing energy access in remote locations.

As a first step, two initial meetings in India and Nepal were organised in order to launch the project. Local experts, stakeholders, villagers and media attendees gathered to gain knowledge of the scheduled course of action. Subsequently, the project staff visited several potential project sites and eventually selected three in Nepal (Nishi VDC, Bachha VDC and Boharagaun VDC, all in Baglung) and two in India (Koraput district, Odisha and Vishakapatanam district, Andra Pardesh).

In order to collect information about the local households’ electricity supply and the performance of existing micro hydro plants, different suveys were undertaken. During “Participatory Market System Development” workshops at all five project sites, stakeholders learned how to identify obstacles and take advantage of potential opportunites to improve market conditions for everyone.

Find out more about this SEPS project on our project page

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