China to ‘set up solar power station in Nepal’

China is reportedly planning to install a solar energy power station in Nepal. Reports claim the Nepal Government has shown interest in lighting up the Singha Durbar (pictured), the official […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

China is reportedly planning to install a solar energy power station in Nepal.

Reports claim the Nepal Government has shown interest in lighting up the Singha Durbar (pictured), the official seat of the Government, in the capital city of Kathmandu with solar panels.

Keshav Dhoj Adhikary, Joint Secretary at Nepal’s Energy Ministry is quoted as saying: “The team of Chinese experts have begun feasibility study to install solar panel at every buildings located inside Singha durbar and some other government offices in its vicinity.”

They are to study the buildings and offices and find how much total energy is necessary to substitute the current hydroelectricity in the area.

Householders in Nepal currently face power outages for 80 hours a week due to a fall in electricity generation, which is believed to be as a result of decreasing water level in rivers.

Studies have suggested Nepal has commercially viable hydroelectricity potential of up to 45,000MW.