Nepal has had its first mini wind-solar hybrid power system installed last month.
Dhaubadi, Nepal’s first ‘renewable energy village’, has installed two sets of 5 kW wind turbines as part of pilot project with the financial and technical support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The electricity from the mini-grid for about 50 households means less time and money spent on their search for firewood or travel to the nearest town to buy costly kerosene.
Sultan Hafeez Rahman, ADB’s Director General for South Asia said: “Modern energy eases a hard life by allowing cooking, cleaning and studying to continue after dark. Through television, cell phones, and computers, electricity increases connectivity, bringing marginal communities into the mainstream with information and entertainment.”
The ADB has been asked for further help in replicating similar projects in other rural parts of Nepal.