National Rural and Renewable Energy Program
Backward Society Education (BASE) has been implementing the NRREP program since August 2013, with the financial and technical support of Nepal Government through Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC). BASE working as a regional service center of AEPC in seven districts: Dang, Salyan, Rukum, Rolpa, Pyuthan, Arghakhanch and Dolpa of western and mid western development region of Nepal.
- Goal and Objectives: To improve the living standard of rural women and men, increase employment of women and men as well as productivity; reduce dependency on traditional energy and attain sustainable development through integrating the alternative energy with the socioeconomic activities of women and men in rural communities.
- Major Intervention of the program
3.1 Community Electrification Sub-component (CESC)
Community Electrification Sub-component is considered as a cost-effective alternative to off-grid electrification in rural areas of the country. Remote communities can be connected directly to the national grid as and when the national grid is extended to the area. Thus CESC has an objective to support the rural poor communities in developing the Micro Hydro Projects (MHPs), while acknowledging the possibility of future grid connection.
3.2 Solar Energy Sub-component (SESC)
Solar Energy Subcomponent supports the promotion of solar water pumping system. In addition, it also promotes Solar Home System (SHS) with emphasis on quality and availability of credit as a means for rural electrification, Small Solar Home System (SSHS), Institutional Solar Photovoltaic System and solar thermal applications,. The main objective of SESC is to build a commercially viable and sustainable solar photovoltaic industry in Nepal.
3.3 Biomass Energy Sub-component (BESC)
The biomass energy sub-component focuses on improving fuel wood efficiency and addressing gender and health issues through ICS programs. In addition the BE sub-component has an objective of strengthening biomass energy policy, building institutional capacity and promoting decentralization in the rural energy sector. And focusing to achieve government announcement on Clean Cooking Solutions to all by 2017 (CCS 2017).
3.4 Productive Energy Use (PEU)
Business Development for Renewable Energy and Productive Energy Use Component (PEUC) is one of the major components of NRREP. This component works with utilizing the post-production of the renewable energy technologies (RETs) to generate employment opportunity, reduce poverty and increase income generation potential through establishing micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) and engaging households (HHs) in income generation activities (IGAs) in rural areas, focusing on socially and economically disadvantaged and marginalized groups. PEU focus on the sustainable utilization of local resources (raw materials), capacity building of the rural people through different types of training, protection and conservation of environment, enhance the livelihood options, promotion of RETs for energy requirement and import substitution and export promotion.
3.5 Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)
This cross-cutting unit supports development of rural energy policy and institutional framework capable of addressing social equity and resource allocations. This framework is based on financial and environmental sustainability, prioritization of projects linked with poverty reduction, decentralization and capacity development in the rural areas, specifically for Disadvantaged Groups (DAGs), rural poor, women and Conflict Victims.
3.6 Climate and Carbon Unit (CCU)
Climate and Carbon Unit (CCU) has been helping renewable energy programmers to address climate change issues. CCU functions to place quality by delivering technology, performance assurance systems and monitoring and collecting of information for carbon finance projects.
- 1190 kw electricity is produced from Pico and Micro hydro project and 12,301 house hold are getting electricity facility.
- 185 improved water mill (IWM) has been installed and community of hill area are getting facility form IWM.
- 90 Micro, small and medium enterprises has established from which 178 persons has gotten employment opportunity.
- 420 HH has gotten income generation activity support and their income is going to increased.
- 14,822 improved cooking stove (ICS) has been installed, 17 village development committee (VDC) has declared as inter air pollution (IAP) VDC.
- 9 rural solar drinking water pumping project has been completed, form which 2,277 people of 418 HH getting drinking water facilities.