Video: Promoting the Long-Term Use of Micro Hydro Systems in Nepal

One of our SEPS projects in Nepal aimed to ensure the sustained operation of existing micro-hydro plants through rehabilitation, optimisation, increased financial stability, capacity-building and management support. Practical Action has now completed the project activities and has created an informative video overview – watch it here.

Practical Action aimed to promote the long-term use of certain existing MHPs via a holistic approach called Participatory Market System Development (PMSD). This approach emphasises stakeholder participation in creating sustainable rural enterprises and empowering marginalised market actors.

Five existing micro-hydro projects (three in Nepal and two in Odisha state, India) ranging from 14 kW to 100 kW in capacity, saw their MHPs serviced and refurbished. Moreover, additional demand for power was created by establishing 21 new enterprises, ranging from mills for rice and wheat to construction businesses.

If your want to learn more about the topic of productive use of energy, have a look at this paper published by the WISIONS team: Productive Use Of Energy – Pathway To Development?

Watch Practical Action’s video summary here:

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