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Renewable Energy Week 2013
End : Jan 26, 2012
In a bid to promote Renewable Energy Technologies in Nepal to battle the energy crisis being faced by the citizens, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), under Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has celebrated ‘Renewable Energy Week 2013’ from 20th to 26th January with various activities all over the country.
The Renewable Energy Week 2013 was celebrated with the objectives of creating awareness about renewable energy among the general public as an effective alternative to address the present energy crisis; enabling wider use of renewable energy technologies in Nepal; sensitizing policy makers for improvement in the policies related to renewable energy; and to encourage private sector to invest in the renewable energy sector.
Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai inaugurated the event on January 20 at the Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu. Addressing the program, Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai declared the mission 'Clean Cooking Solution for all by 2017, thereby ensuring indoor air pollution free Nepal'. He had also invited all the government agencies, external development partners and all concern stakeholders to support this mission and make it a grand success. The opening ceremony was also attended by Honorable Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, Dr. Keshav Man Shakya.
The inauguration ceremony was followed by a rally of electric vehicle 'Reva', which was started from Bhrikuti Mandap and ended at the venue itself after covering major areas of the city. During the week-long celebration, a special two-day expo was also taken place at the Bhrikuti Mandap, starting from the same day. The expo was included more than 100 stalls related to renewable energy technologies like hydropower, solar energy, bio gas, wind energy and renewable energy related projects of students. Development partners, NGOs, universities, banks and companies working in the area of renewable energy sector were participated. At the expo visitors could get a chance to acquire information regarding the government’s policy related to renewable energy, studies related to renewable energy, and also shop renewable energy products that private companies were selling. Painting competition among the school level students on renewable energy technologies was also organized in the same place.
As a part of the Renewable Energy Week 2013 celebration, APEC also conducted Renewable Energy Walk on 25th January. The rally attended by various high level government officials, artists, stakeholders and general public was started from Basantapur Durbar Square.
These types of activities were organized throughout the nation. They were coordinated by District Energy and Environment Unit/Section and Regional Service Centers in local level.
The urban population of Nepal, at present is facing 12-hour long load-shedding every day; and there are possibilities of increase in load-shedding during winter. This has adverse effect on both household as well as in the industrial productivity, which leads to negative impact on nation’s economy. In some rural areas, with the use of renewable energy technologies such as mini/micro hydro and solar projects, the village population is already enjoying 24-hour electricity. Even though the usage of renewable energy sources like micro/mini hydropower, solar energy, biogas, Improved Cooking Stove etc is more in use in rural areas as compared to the cities, the full demand has not been met. The nation hasn’t been able to develop renewable energy as the main energy source. Both government and financial institutes are focusing more on small and medium hydro projects. AEPC strongly believes that the celebration Renewable Energy Week, which will see participation of people and group of different level, will be able to bring more positive perception of these technologies as a viable energy source in Nepal.
Due to the scattered settlement pattern in parts of the Nepal, it is difficult and costly to ensure access of electricity from a national grid. Big projects need huge investment so may not be feasible in our context. Thus, this event is also being conducted to make people aware that smaller renewable energy options may be best suited for Nepal.
AEPC is the government institution under established in 2056 BS and working as the focal agency of renewable/alternative energy in the country with a mission to make renewable energy mainstream resource through increased access, knowledge and adaptability. It is under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. From the very beginning of its establishment, AEPC has been working towards improving the living standard of the rural population by integrating the alternative energy with socio-economic activities of women and men in rural communities.
Till now around 20MW electricity has been produced in Nepal through Mini/micro hydro power projects, around 275,000 biogas plants; around 3,00,000 solar home systems and 600,000 improved cooking stoves have been constructed/installed. Around 1700,000 households are benefitted through all of these clean energy technologies.