The Asian Development Bank (ADB) handed over its pilot project on wind solar hybrid energy system to Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) of the Ministry of Environment here at the Nepal Resident Mission today.
The wind-solar hybrid system was installed in Dhaubadi village of Nawalparasi district in December 2011 under ADB’s regional technical assistance for Effective Development of Distributed Small Wind Power Systems in Asian Rural Areas for which the AEPC was the implementing agency in Nepal.
The $3.8 million regional technical assistance was part of ADB’s 'Energy For All' initiative that supports increasing access to energy in remote rural areas. Along with Nepal, the regional technical assistance covers Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and the Maldives.
“The project is now providing electricity services to 46 rural households of Dhaubadi," said ADB’s country director for Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama, speaking at the handover event.
It was the pilot for the hybrid wind and solar system in Nepal, he said, adding that the success of this project has demonstrated that it is indeed viable to provide reliable energy access to rural Nepal through solar wind hybrid systems as one of the clean energy options.
He also said that the lessons learned from this project will be very useful in scaling up the systems across Nepal, as well as in other developing member countries of ADB.
The project is based on ‘energy systems’ planning approach and has installed two sets of 5 kW wind turbines complimented by 2 kWp of solar PV panels to satisfy the village’s electricity demand of 43.6 KWh per day.
The electricity from the mini-grid has helped the villagers in Dhaubadi save time and money spent on their search for firewood. Electricity has also eased a hard life by allowing women to cook and clean, children to study after dark and improved overall productivity of households.
Director of the Energy Division at South Asia Department ADB Yongping Zhai and acting executive director at the AEPC Ram Prasad Dhital signed the transfer document of the wind-solar hybrid system from ADB to AEPC starting June 13.
"ADB is now supporting the Nepal to scale up similar initiatives in other rural areas of the country under its proposed SASEC power system expansion project,” Zhai said, after signing the handover document."Under the proposed SASEC power system expansion project, the off-grid component with more than 4.0 MW of mini hydro and 500 kW mini grid based solar or solar and wind hybrid system will be added," he said, adding that it will provide access to electricity and facilitate productive energy use activities in rural locations from various sources of energy like mini hydro, wind energy, solar energy and wind solar hybrid energy systems.