Increasing load shedding has forced people to use alternative energy sources to meet regular household energy requirements in Nepal. A five year National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP) with an approximate budget of NPR 14,000 million was launched in 2012 to fulfill the need of millions of people. Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) has also generated interest among private speculators to present novel business ideas which focus on the use of electricity produced from micro-hydro projects. Likewise, eleven thousand households in Gorkha district, western Nepal have benefited from micro-hydro projects.
January 14, 15